India’s Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will stop selling diesel cars in April next year. The company currently boasts seven diesel models that account for almost one-quarter of Maruti Suzuki passenger car sales in India.
The move is a response to the government’s mandatory engine upgrade for auto makers who will need to implement so-called BS VI fuel norms to reduce emissions.
Maruti Suzuki is currently testing its Wagon R electric vehicle, which is slated for launch in 2020 - the car has a range of 200kms. Korean vehicle maker Hyundai is looking to launch its first Indian electric vehicle soon, with the car to be assembled at the Hyundai Motor India plant in Chennai.
The company will aim to benefit from the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles initiative which looks to subsidise electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as support the building of charging infrastructure in India.