Toyota to invest $624m to make EV parts in India
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Toyota to invest $624m to make EV parts in India

Toyota to invest $624m to make EV parts in India

Indian automakers could generate $20bn in revenue from electric vehicles between now and fiscal year 2026

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Toyota Group plans to invest INR48bn ($624m) to make electric vehicle components in India, as the Japanese carmaker works toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts signed a memorandum of understanding with the southern state of Karnataka to invest INR41bn, the group said in a statement on Saturday. The rest will come from Toyota Industries Engine India.

Toyota is aligning its own green targets with India’s ambitions of becoming a manufacturing hub though the switch to clean transport in the South Asian nation is slower than other countries such as China and the US.

Expensive price tags, lack of options in electric models and insufficient charging stations have led to sluggish adoption of battery vehicles in India.

“From a direct employment point of view, we are looking at around 3,500 new jobs,” Toyota Kirloskar executive vice president Vikram Gulati told the Press Trust of India in an interview. “As the supply chain system builds, we expect much more to come in later.”

He added that the company would be moving toward a new area of technology – electrified powertrain parts – with production going to start in the “very near-term.”

Indian automakers could generate $20bn in revenue from electric vehicles between now and fiscal year 2026, according to forecast by Crisil. By 2040, 53 per cent of new automobile sales in India will be electric, compared with 77 per cent in China, according to BloombergNEF.

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