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Volkswagen is testing electric cars in India

Volkswagen is testing electric cars in India

Volkswagen has begun testing EVs or electric cars in India through its subsidiary, Skoda. The company plans to roll out several of the vehicles targeting mass transport.

However, Volkswagen will not stop making its internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles yet as its large-scale EV plans depend on the country’s infrastructure development and ecosystem. 

Skoda Auto has been in India for nearly 125 years and offers different cars ranging from premium SUVs to sedans. It will be in the driver seat of Volkswagen plans in the region.

“We recognise that there is demand in India for electric vehicles, so we have already launched Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-Tron which are doing extremely well in the Indian market,” Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Managing Director Piyush Arora said in an interview.

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The company already offers an all-electric Porsche Taycan, which costs about Rs. 1.5 crore ($190,000), and the Audi e-Tron, which can be as expensive as Rs. 1.18 crore ($149,000). These vehicles are on the high side, and when asked about plans for the masses who cannot afford luxury vehicles, Arora added:

“We are also evaluating for Skoda and Volkswagen and what products should we bring into the Indian market for electromobility. We have already run some test vehicles for the Skoda brand, we will evaluate the right time to introduce them in India.”

He further confirmed that once the company concludes on what model it would offer between Volkswagen and Skoda brands, it will start assembling them locally.

“We will subsequently graduate to portfolio localisation when the market is ready in terms of the infrastructure. This would be the path which we would like to follow,” he added.

There is the belief at Volkswagen that the Indian market will grow and while fossil fuel vehicles are still popular, EVs will get a share soon. Arora estimates that the market share could range from 15-16 per cent to as high as 30 per cent by 2030. 

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