New Delhi: Aiming to expand the fleet of environment friendly vehicles in the country, homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra said it will introduce the CNG version of its SUV Scorpio, besides plans to launch electric vehicles.
The company launched its CNG pick-up vehicle, Bolero Pik Up, in the pay-load of 1-1.5 tonne, priced at Rs5.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
“Yes, over time it should happen. It is just a matter of time. As the availability and infrastructure improve, we will be there,” Mahindra & Mahindra vice president, (Marketing, Automotive Sector) Vivek Nayer told reporters, when asked if the company would introduce eco- friendly variants in its passenger vehicle segment also.
He, however, declined to give any time frame for the possible CNG launch of Scorpio.
The biggest challenge is the availability of CNG and the government should take an aggressive role in this direction, so that the fuel is available across the country, he added.
“In Pakistan, about 80% of passenger vehicles run on CNG and this can happen in India also,” Nayer said.
Asked if the company would foray into electric vehicle segment, Nayer said, “Technology is already with us and we are capable of doing it. Availability of right infrastructure is the challenge as you will need proper facilities to charge your vehicles, while running across the city.”
Elaborating on Bolero Pik Up, he said the vehicle would offer savings of upto 40% on operating cost compared to a similar diesel vehicle, besides its 75 bhp engine providing superior pulling power in loaded conditions.
In the next phase, the company would launch the vehicle in Gujarat and Mumbai, he added.