Polaris, the global king of small vehicles, has announced a plan to introduce EVs in India, where the company already sells gas-powered ATVs. Few details were forthcoming, but commercial utility vehicles are probably the company’s main target market.
As Polaris India Managing Director Pankaj Dubey put it, “Once we launch the electric cars, then we will decide whether it will be on the road or off-road vehicle. The products are ready for the international market. Issues like infrastructure, battery and other problems are there.”
Infrastructure would indeed be a challenge for any EV influx in India, as Suzuki noted in November when it announced its own very vague plans to sell EVs on the Subcontinent. However, in regions that have a reliable supply of electricity, the potential is huge.
Polaris offers a vast range of light-duty transport options, including the recently-acquired GEM line of sporty “neighborhood electric vehicles” and the straight-ahead golf carts of the Breeze make. The company is also an investor in electric motorcycle maker Brammo.