July 16, 2018

Maruti's expensive cars to get durable lithium-ion batteries

According to a media report, Maruti Suzuki will be replacing the lead-based batteries on its cars with lithium-ion batteries. These will be offered on the more expensive models including the Swift hatchback from FY2021.

The batteries will be sourced from Suzuki's upcoming battery plant at Gujarat, allowing the factory to achieve economies of scale. It is also expected to be more cost-effective than sourcing lead batteries from vendors.

Source: http://www.team-bhp.com/news/marutis-expensive-cars-get-durable-lithium-ion-batteries

This is interesting as Maruti is India's largest car manufacturer and if they do this for all their cars, the battery manufacturers (Exide, Amaraja etc) will be hit badly as you are losing your biggest customer (both OEM and replacement market).

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