Maruti Suzuki had been extensively testing nearly 50 units of the Wagon R EV in the country. We recently captured a couple of mules undergoing testing in the thick and crowded streets of Gurgaon, Haryana. The Maruti Wagon R EV made its first public appearance at the MOVE Summit in September 2018. The company is said to be using these prototypes to acquire precious information essential for the further development of the electric vehicle technology. However, it is also being learnt that the production-ready model would be entirely different from these mules.
Speaking of the spied test mule, it is based on the JDM-spec Suzuki Wagon R which made its debut in February 2017. The test mules have been developed from the CKD kits at the company's production facility in Gurgaon. Underpinning the lightweight Heartect architecture, the Wagon R EV will not be introduced in the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki has been testing these EV mules on various surfaces under an array of climate conditions to collect information which it feels will help upto a great extent in the introduction of electric vehicles in India. The country's largest automaker is using the Wagon R EV to perfectly assess the electric technology and its durability in the Indian market.
Since the Wagon R EV is based on Maruti Baleno's Heartect platform, it makes it an immensely high cost vehicle for India. So as far as the Indian market is concerned, the company will develop the electric vehicle on the architecture of next-generation Wagon R. The new-gen Wagon R will get a consolidated and strengthened version of current-gen hatchback's platform. Just so you know, Suzuki (Maruti's parent organization) and Toyota signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in November 2017 for the joint development and sale of electric vehicles in India. As a part of this agreement, Suzuki will develop low-cost EVs for India while also supplying them to Toyota.