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Maruti Suzuki's first EV will be a top-end SUV with 550 km range, launching next year

Leading car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday announced that its upcoming electric SUV will be manufactured in Gujarat and a new plant will be added to the company's existing manufacturing facility in Hansalpur, nearly 90 km from here. Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), which runs the car manufacturing plant at Hansalpur, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maruti Suzuki and commenced operations in February 2017.

"Our first EV, an SUV, will be launched in the next financial year 2024-25. It will come out of SMG's plant in Gujarat. Currently, all SMG facilities in Hansalpur have three plants - Plant A, Plant B and Plant C," Rahul said. “Now, to manufacture the EV, a new plant, also called production line, will be added there,” Maruti Suzuki Executive Director (Corporate Affairs) Rahul Bharti told.

The upcoming electric SUV, to be produced here at the SMG plant, will be exported too, he added.

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In March 2022, SMG's parent firm, Suzuki Motor Corporation, signed an MoU with the Gujarat government to invest Rs 3,100 crore in the Hansalpur electric vehicle manufacturing plant, Bharti said.

" Our EV concept car has already been unveiled. It will be a high- specification SUV having 550 km range (on a single charge) and a 60 kWh battery," he added, adding that no specific number has not been finalised yet about the number of units to be rolled out from the Gujarat plant.

In another announcement, the company said that the SMG factory had surpassed the milestone of 3 million cumulative production. The three millionth car was rolled out from the plant on December 4.

Maruti Suzuki's facility in Gujarat has an annual production capacity of 7.5 lakh units and vehicles manufactured here are sold in both domestic and export markets. The company manufactures Baleno, Swift, Dzire, Fronx and Tour S models at this facility, Bharti said.

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