Although the sale figures of electric cars in the country at present is insignificant, the potential is much higher than a few years before. The terms like clean energy, zero emissions and hybrid vehicles are all getting more popular in the Indian car market. The government initiative to offer incentives to electric and hybrid vehicles has prompted many automakers to think in this direction. Maruti Suzuki, the most trusted automaker here, has already introduced the Ciaz hybrid and is now swiftly on the way to make the Swift and Dzire hybrid models.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Overview
A new car named Swift Range Extender was showcased in India first at the Auto Expo 2014, and then at the International Green Mobility Expo in February this year. This car was actually developed by Maruti for a government sought pilot project. However to avail the discounts and subsidies given on electric vehicles, the company is now planning to introduce the car for commercial use as well.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Engine and Transmission
The engine will be a small capacity petrol unit of 658cc with 3-cylinders and will be paired to a permanent magnet synchronous motor. It is expected to generate a power of 73 bhp along with an impressive mileage of 48.2 kmpl. The vehicle has an electric driving range of about 25.5 Kms. It will take 1.5 hours to completely charge the lithium-ion battery through a 200V socket.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Looks and Features
The hybrid model will look more or less the same, but will be nearly 500 kgs more than the present Swift. The car is expected to carry present day comfort and safety features like an advanced infotainment system, push start/stop button, remote keyless entry and rear disc brakes.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Variants
Maruti Swift hybrid is expected to come in 3 models- series hybrid, parallel hybrid and all-electric. In series hybrid model, the petrol powertrain works as a generator to power the lithium-ion battery which then powers the electric motor. In this mode, the petrol engine indirectly helps generate electricity to power the electric motor. In parallel hybrid mode, both the petrol engine and the electric motor provide power to the wheels
Maruti has confirmed that the Swift Hybrid will be make it to the manufacturing plants only after making a thorough study on technology, development fund, infrastructure and demand incentive, which means it could take another two years for an official launch. We can however expect to see the model at the 2016 Auto Expo. Pricing is an important factor that determines the fate of any new car and Maruti excels in this art. Although there is no official information regarding the prices, market sources reveal that Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid will be priced between Rs 7-8 lakhs.