Japanese automaker Honda has been spotted testing the Jazz Electric hatchback on Delhi NCR roads. The electric Jazz is expected to be launched in India sometime next year, as Honda’s first electric vehicle for the Indian market. The automaker has been selling hybrid cars in India, with the previous generation Civic Hybrid being the first such car from the brand. Currently, the Accord Hybrid is Honda’s only hybrid car in India. An electric car from the brand has never been sold here, and the Jazz electric (based on the 3rd generation version) is likely to be here soon. The electric vehicle on test though is the second generation Jazz, which will be discontinued early next year. The all-new Jazz will be showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show later this year, and the premium hatchback will get a range of powertrain options: petrol, diesel, all-electric and petrol hybrid.
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The all-new Honda Jazz Electric will be mainly meant for the Chinese car market, where electric vehicles are quite popular. Honda is likely to earmark a small number of the new Jazz Electric for the Indian market, but don’t expect the car to be cheap. A price tag of around Rs. 15 lakhs is likely for the electric version of the Jazz, which is expected to have a range of about 300 kilometers per charge.
Exact details about the car will be known by the end of this year, and actual sales will commence internationally from next year. The electric powered version of the Jazz will be aimed primarily at city car buyers. In India, Honda is likely to launch the car as a presence marker and brand builder in the slow but steadily growing electric vehicle segment. It’ll take on the likes of the Maruti WagonR EV and the upcoming Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
The Indian government has come up with an aggressive electrification plan for vehicles in India. The government wants all vehicles sold in the country to move to electric power by 2030. Automakers have expressed their reservations about this timeline. The government for its part, is doing its bit to encourage the manufacture and adoption of electric vehicles by announcing attractive subsidies both for manufacturers and buyers through the FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric Vehicles) scheme. Even the union budget of 2019 announced that electric car buyers will get hefty interest subsidy (leading to lower income tax) on loans taken to purchase electric vehicles. The first of the mass market electric vehicles are likely to make a big splash next year, with the likes of the Maruti WagonR Electric and MG eZS models. Hyundai has already launched the Kona electric SUV.