Maruti Suzuki achieved a milestone, supplied 20 lakh units through railways, told future plan

Maruti Suzuki India has announced (on Monday, July 8) that it has crossed the milestone of 2 million cumulative vehicle dispatches using Indian Railways, in support of the government’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2070. This achievement has been part of the company’s commitment to ‘green logistics’. Since adopting rail transport, Maruti Suzuki has significantly increased the use of this eco-friendly method, growing from 65,700 units dispatched in FY 2014-15 to an impressive 447,750 units in FY 2023-24.

This makes Maruti Suzuki the first automaker in India to reach this environmental milestone. Currently, Maruti Suzuki transports vehicles to 450 destinations across the country covering over 20 cities via Indian Railways. This strategic shift to rail transport not only supports the company’s sustainability goals but also contributes to reducing the carbon footprint associated with vehicle logistics.

Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, said that through our continuous efforts in green logistics, we have achieved excellent results including a cumulative reduction of 10,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions and cumulative fuel savings of 270 million litres. With the automaker’s production capacity set to double from around 2 million units to 4 million units by FY 2030-31, “we plan to increase the use of railways in vehicle dispatch to close to 35 per cent in the next 7-8 years,” he added.

Earlier this year, under the ‘PM Gati Shakti’ programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first automobile in-plant railway siding at Maruti Suzuki’s Gujarat facility. The facility can dispatch 300,000 vehicles per year. According to the company, the next in-plant railway siding is in progress at the Manesar facility and will be operational soon. “We are committed to the Indian government’s net zero emission target by 2070,” Takeuchi said.

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