Suzuki to spend nearly half of budget on electrification by 2030
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Suzuki to spend nearly half of budget on electrification by 2030

Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation, best known for its small, fuel-efficient cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), as well as powerful motorcycles, said it will invest nearly half of its JPY4.5 trillion (USD34.5 billion) budget on electrification-related investments  by FY2030.

JPY2 trillion (USD15.3 billion) is planned to be invested for R&D expenses in areas including  carbon neutrality such as electrification and biogas, as well as autonomous vehicles.  JPY2.5 trillion (USD19.2 billion) is planned to be invested for capital expenditures in facilities including construction of battery electric vehicle (BEV) battery plant and renewable energy facilities.  

Based on the target date set by each government, Suzuki aims to achieve  carbon neutrality in Japan and Europe by 2050 and in India by 2070. The automaker said it “will contribute to the realization of a carbon neutral society  and the economic growth of emerging countries such as India, ASEAN, and  Africa, with our main business regions, Japan, India, and Europe, as the core.  We will focus on creating solutions that are unique to Suzuki, which are to  develop products and services focused on the customer, and grow along with  the operating countries and regions.” 


In Japan, starting with the introduction of commercial mini-vehicle battery EVs in FY2023, Suzuki plans to introduce compact SUVs and passenger mini-vehicles, with six models to be launched by FY2030. In addition, the company will develop new hybrids for mini and compact vehicles, and by combining them with battery EVs, Suzuki will offer various options for our customers.  

In Europe, Suzuki will introduce battery EVs in FY2024, expand to SUVs and B segments, with five models to be launched by FY2030. 

In India, Suzuko will introduce the SUV battery EV announced at the Auto Expo  2023 in FY2024, with siz models to be launched by FY2030. To provide a full  range of products and services, Suzuki will provide not only battery EVs but  also carbon neutral internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles that use compressed natural gas (CNG), biogas, and ethanol mixed fuels.  


For small and mid-sized motorcycles, which are used for daily transportation such as commuting to work, school or shopping, Suzuki will introduce a battery EV in FY2024. Suzuki plans to launch eight models by FY2030 with a battery EV ratio  of 25%. For large motorcycles for leisure purposes, it is considering  adopting carbon neutral fuels.  

Outboard Motors  

For small outboard motors that are often used in lakes and rivers, Suzuki will  introduce battery EVs in FY2024. It plans to launch five models by FY2030 with  a battery EV ratio of 5%. For large outboard motors used in the ocean, Suzuki is considering adopting carbon neutral fuels.  

New Electric Mobility  

Suzuki has proposed a variety of electric mobility options, including the electro senior vehicle, which is a new mode of transportation for people who have voluntarily returned their driver’s licenses, the KUPO, which is an  evolution of the senior vehicles, and the Mobile Mover, a multi-purpose robotic dolly being developed in collaboration with M2 Labo. 


At the Kosai Plant, which is Suzuki’s largest production hub in Japan, efforts  are made to reduce CO2 emission of painting facilities by 30% through renewal of painting facilities and improvement of painting technologies for efficient  and optimal use of energy. The plant also produces green hydrogen from  renewable energies including solar power generation. The hydrogen is utilized  for the verification test of fuel cell transporter, which started from the end of  2022. 

At the Hamamatsu Plant, which is the motorcycle production hub, through reduction of energy use and conversion into renewable energy including the  expansion of solar power generation facilities, the plant will now target to  achieve carbon neutrality in FY2027, earlier than its initial target of 2030. By utilizing the learnings from the Hamamatsu Plant to other plants, Suzuki will make initiatives to achieve carbon neutrality of all its domestic plants in Japan by FY2035.