This Maruti Dzire has undergone the complete makeover to convert into a proper EV model. The conversion kit is developed in house by Northway Motorsport
Electric vehicles are starting to gain momentum in the Indian market. The government is proposing new initiatives to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles. In the meanwhile, several car brands have taken the lead and offered their own EV models. However, the number of EV options in the market is still limited. There is not yet an affordable option with decent range.
While the new car market does not manage to provide such offerings, customers are searching for alternatives in the aftermarket segment. Customers can now use a conversion kit to modify an ICE vehicle into an electric model at a relatively low cost. The Maruti Dzire Electric here is one good example of this approach.
The modified electric sedan is originally a 2020 Maruti Dzire. The conversion job was conducted by Northway Motorsport. According to the custom workshop, the electric powertrain was developed mostly in-house. It is claimed to be the most refined job they have done by far. This modified electric car is powered by a 15 kW electric motor that can provide a top power of 35 kW and maximum torque of 170 Nm. It keeps the same 5-speed manual transmission from the stock version, but now, with a lightened flywheel. The driving range is claimed to rate around 250 km per charge, which is decent for a budget electric vehicle.
The custom-built electric sedan comes with three battery options, a 13 kWh, 15 kWh and 18 kWh. IP67 dust and water protection are also provided to guard the electric powertrain system against environmental factors. With this electric powertrain, the Maruti Dzire electric has a top speed of 160 kmph and a towing capability of 3 tonnes. What’s impressive about the custom conversion kit is that it does not add much weight to the original car. In fact, it is only three kilograms heavier than the stock version.
This modified Maruti Dzire EV comes with a custom-built electric drivetrain
Apart from the changes in the powertrain system, the rest of the car remains the same. The customized version continues to make use of instrument cluster, power steering, airbags, ABS, and more.
While most extensive mechanic modifications are banned by the law, such EV conversion jobs are not entirely banned. In fact, the door is open for companies to retrofit ICE vehicles with aftermarket electric powertrain. This offers a reasonable option for people who wants to own an electric car at an affordable price.