Maruti Suzuki India will display its ideas for a hybrid version of its SX4 sedan as well as an electric multi-purpose van at the Auto Expo being held from January 7-11, 2010, in New Delhi, the capital of India.
Maruti’s move is a part of the Indian government’s ambitious initiative to develop green technologies in the automotive sector, named the National Hybrid Propulsion Programme (NHPP). This will be Maruti’s first individual attempt to make hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.
The NHPP is a 3-phase initiative – with the first phase involving demonstration of technology at the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi in October 2010; the second phase focusing on R&D and localisation of technology by 2012; and the third phase concluding with localisation of technology for mass production by 2015-16.
In order encourage the NHPP, the government of India will bear half the cost of development of the green vehicles.
Maruti Suzuki said it is working on clean fuel-technologies as a part of a public-private partnership prior to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
In addition to Maruti Suzuki, the other automakers involved in the NHPP are Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, TVS, Eicher Motors, as well as research professionals and members of the academia.
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