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Volkswagen Bringing Electric ID.4 SUV to India for Market Test

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Robin Kumar Attri
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Volkswagen ventures into India's electric market, introducing the ID.4 SUV to assess consumer interest and contribute to sustainable transportation.

Volkswagen Bringing Electric ID.4 SUV to India for Market Test
Volkswagen Electric ID.4 SUV

Key Highlights

  • Volkswagen set to launch fully imported ID.4 SUV in India for market testing.
  • Three-stage electrification plan: import, local assembly, and local electrification by 2026.
  • Indian EV market grew to 82,000 units in 2023, accounting for 3% of total passenger vehicle sales.
  • Intense competition with a dozen EV launches expected in 2024-25, expanding consumer choices.
  • Emphasis on affordable EVs below Rs. 30 lakh and developing charging infrastructure for market penetration.
  • Volkswagen optimistic about India's potential, aims for 15-20% year-on-year volume growth in 2024.

In a bold move to assess the Indian market's readiness for electric vehicles (EVs), German automaker Volkswagen is set to introduce its fully imported all-electric SUV, the ID.4, later this year. This marks the company's entry into India's emerging electric vehicle segment.

Three-Stage Electrification Strategy

Volkswagen's commitment to electrification unfolds in three stages. Initially, the company plans to import select models from its global portfolio, like the ID.4, to gauge consumer interest. The second stage involves local assembly to achieve economies of scale and higher volumes. The final stage, set for 2026, focuses on local electrification, aligning with the growing emphasis on sustainable transportation.

Ambitious Growth Plans

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India's brand director, Ashish Gupta, highlighted the company's ambition to contribute to the transformation of the Indian automotive landscape. While specific electric models for the Indian market remain undisclosed, Gupta emphasized Volkswagen's intent to play a pivotal role in shaping the EV ecosystem.

Surging Electric Vehicle Market in India

The move comes at a time when the Indian electric vehicle market is experiencing substantial growth. In 2023, electric vehicle sales reached 82,000 units, constituting 3% of total passenger vehicle sales—a significant leap from the previous year's 38,000 units. The market is assured for further expansion with several automakers gearing up to launch a dozen electric vehicles in the fiscal year 2024-25.

Expanding Consumer Choices

With the impending launches of electric vehicles from various manufacturers, including Maruti SuzukiTataSkodaKia, and Mahindra, consumers can expect an almost doubled array of choices in the electric vehicle segment. The increased competition is anticipated to drive market penetration, making electric vehicles more accessible to a broader consumer base.

Addressing Affordability and Charging Infrastructure

Hardeep Singh Brar, National Head of Sales, and Marketing at Kia India, highlighted the need for more affordable electric vehicles priced below Rs. 30 lakh to widen consumer options. Additionally, the development of charging infrastructure is crucial to supporting the expected surge in electric vehicle adoption.

Volkswagen's Strategic Focus on India

Volkswagen's interest in India's electric vehicle market is part of its strategic growth plan, especially in emerging markets. The company's commitment to India is evident through its previous investments under the India 2.0 strategy, resulting in successful launches of SUVs and sedans tailored for the Indian market.

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Volkswagen Bringing Electric ID.4 SUV to India for Market Test

Projected Volume Growth

Despite geopolitical tensions affecting global markets, Volkswagen India remains optimistic about its growth prospects. The company aims for a volume growth of 15-20% year-on-year in 2024, building on the success of its recent launches and the increasing acceptance of electric vehicles in the country.

CarBike360 Says

Volkswagen's launch of the ID.4 in India signals a strategic leap into the burgeoning electric vehicle market. With a three-stage electrification plan and a focus on local assembly, the German automaker aims to contribute to India's sustainable transportation evolution. Amidst a competitive landscape, Volkswagen anticipates robust growth and consumer acceptance in the dynamic Indian automotive market.


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