The world’s auto industry is gradually shifting towards full electrification. Green cars are the need of the hour. Going by the rapid increase of the number of automobiles across the world, if zero emission cars don’t come in a big way, then perhaps nothing can save our planet from succumbing to monstrous pollution levels. Governments across the world are slowly mandating zero emission cars. Among all the green technologies available at present, the battery powered electric vehicles (EVs) are thought to be the most practical ones. And thus, there is a sudden surge of EV development by the various global auto majors. The EVs will certainly rule the future automotive world, and the car manufacturing majors are all busy making and showcasing innumerable new, fascinating and advanced EV models of various capabilities.
The Indian car market might be far behind when EVs are concerned, but this is also certainly going to change gradually. The Indian government has a vision of going all electric in its auto market by 2030, and this is drawing companies into contemplating launching EVs in India. The EV adoption master plan by 2030 has also convinced the French car maker Renault to work on an EV for India. Renault has confirmed that the company is going to launch a relatively affordable electric vehicle model in the Indian car market by 2022.
Renault has also emphasized the importance of the electric vehicles in its "Drive The Future 2017-2022" company strategy. The French car maker is planning to electrify as much as 60 percent of its entire product portfolio by 2022, and in the same period will also launch an EV model in the car market of India. This planned EV model for the Indian market will be based on the same CMF-A platform that underpins the Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-Go models. The same platform will also be used for the upcoming Kwid based MPV model. This flexible modular platform could be easily modified to accommodate an electric powertrain as well as battery pack.
This Renault Kwid based EV model has been speculated to be first launched in the car market of Chinese in the next two years’ time, as China is currently the world’s fastest growing EV market. China is going bid way to adopt electrified cars and is offering generous subsidies on EVs, and thus, like any other auto maker Renault too is planning to initially launch this EV in the Chinese market. As for the Indian market, Renault will wait for the EV market of this country to pick up a bit before finally launching it here, but the new EV should be coming to our shores by 2022.
India is also slowly making efforts to make its EV vision a reality. The Government has recently acquired 10,000 EV models from the home-grown auto majors Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors. Renault’s Japanese partner Nissan, had also bided for a substantial order, but it wasn’t fruitful. Thus, it is expected that Renault will concentrate on competitive pricing and practicality when it finally brings its Kwid EV in India.