Toyota India has stated that complete electrification of vehicles in the country is possible only by 2050. The company, addressing the media on the launch of Yaris sedan in Telangana, was of the view that Union government's target of setting up an all-electric fleet would not be possible by 2030. The Japanese automaker further added that hybrid vehicles can act as "interim" solution till the total electrification is achieved. For those asking, Toyota Yaris has received over 60,000 enquiries as of now and Toyota has shipped around 4000 units to the dealers.
"The central government itself has backtracked on the 100 per cent e-vehicles by 2030 target. They realised that you can't have electric charging infrastructure in place by 2030 to achieve that target. I think this is going to become a reality only by 2050. Second we (TKM) are well positioned to introduce all types of technology products whether electric, hybrid hydrogen and any other technology that may come up in the next five years," the official said in a press conference. He further added that the company has suggested the government to give a push to hybrid cars in order to setup the infrastructure required for electric vehicles without any hassle across the nation.
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"Our message for the Government of India is we don't have charging infrastructure today. It will take 20 to 30 years to build that charging infrastructure. In the interim period we believe that the ideal solution is hybrid vehicles. This is what we told the Government. And the Government will not have to spend a single penny in creating charging infrastructure for hybrid vehicle," he explained. Toyota Yaris comes in petrol fuel trim only in a price range of Rs. 8.75-14.07 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, India). It is offered in four grades - J, G, V and VX - with both manual and CVT gearboxes. The Yaris is the only sedan in its segment to offer CVT gearbox under Rs. 10 Lakhs, which comprises of Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento.
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