Maruti Suzuki's electric vehicles to be sold via Nexa outlets
Maruti Suzuki will use its high-end Nexa outlets to sell its upcoming electric vehicles in India. The first of these will be the all-electric Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV set to debut next year. The Nexa chain of touchpoints was launched in 2015 so that Maruti Suzuki could appeal more to premium car buyers. Currently, the Ciaz, Baleno, Ignis and S-Cross are sold through these outlets.
Maruti Suzuki is betting big on EVs, in light of its decision to discontinue diesels in India once BSVI norms come in April 2020. The WagonR Ev is unrelated to the conventionally powered one sold here. It is based on the sixth generation car which debuted in Japan in 2017. No details are available yet on spec and range but we think a figure around the 150 to 200km should be reasonable. The EV is expected to be priced around the Rs 12 lakh mark, quite a bit more than the regular WagonR.
Maruti has set up over 360 NEXA outlets covering more than 200 cities and added over 9 lakh Nexa customers in that time. This should mean that anyone looking for a Maruti EV will have some basic sales and charging infrastructure in place, given that carmakers bringing EVs into India will look to set up charging stations within there outlets. This until the government's plans for an extensive charging grid come to fruition.