The Indian car market is rapidly developing, but its electric vehicle (EV) market is still at nascent stage. However, given the government’s interest and vision of having a EV dominant auto market in the future, India is definitely going to adopt the electric vehicles, no matter how gradual the process might be. Set to be the world’s third largest car market, India is also posing to be one of the largest markets for EVs in the future and thus, many global auto majors are eyeing the Indian market to launch their EV models. Japanese auto major Honda, being one of the top carmakers in India is also planning to launch its EVs here in the future. Although Honda Cars India is one of those carmakers in India, who had expressed their concerns about India’s lack of proper EV infrastructure and policies and said that it will wait for the same, Honda seems to be already preparing to enter India’s EC market. This is because very recently, the Honda Jazz EV was caught testing in India.
Honda India seems to have given in to peer pressure, and despite all its doubt about the Indian government policies and support for the EV market, has gone ahead preparing for its future EV launches in the country. The Honda Jazz EV was spied testing on the Indian roads for the very first time, that too without camouflages and with all the badges intact.
This un-camouflaged car however, seems less of a proper test prototype and looks more like to be serving R&D purposes. Nevertheless, it does point out that Honda Cars India is preparing for its future EV lineup. More interestingly, the Jazz logo on the car makes one think that this EV is really preparing to hit the Indian market, as the Jazz is globally more popular by the Fit moniker. Few reports quite recently also claimed that Honda India will launch its first EV model by 2023-24.
The spy pictures of the car mostly show the rear section, and no EV logos are actually visible. However, the styling and the exterior colour of the spotted car are identical to the global Honda Fit EV. The car's rear-end is considerably different to the regular India-spec Jazz hatchback which gets vertical LED tail lights, while the spied car flaunted smaller wraparound tail lights. The spied vehicle also flaunted a bolder rear bumper, a larger spoiler that extended to the sides of the rear windshield and different sporty alloys.
The new Honda Jazz EV is said to come packed with a new electric motor offering a range of 300km. Presently the EV is expected to first launch in China, and Honda has not yet revealed any plans to debut the car in India. The Honda Accord hybrid is the only model in India currently, which comes with electrification technology in India from the house of Honda.
Marurti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Hyundai are among those car makers which are busy working to launch their EV models in India, while Mahindra is the only car maker which offers EVs in the current Indian market.