With fuel prices and pollution constantly rising, the government is pushing the electric revolution in the Indian vehicle industry. With an electric vehicle, you can say goodbye to rising fuel prices and high maintenance costs. This is because an electric vehicle is driven by electric motors powered by a large battery. This means that when you buy an electric vehicle there is no need for you to worry about mechanical problems and fuel costs, making an electric vehicle a smart choice.
With the union government implementing attractive schemes for the adoption of EVs in India, some of the top manufacturers have already started to feature electric models in their lineup. In this article, we will look at some of the recently launched and upcoming electric vehicles in India.
1) Tata Tigor EV
Powered by a 21.5 kWh battery pack, the Tata Tigor EV delivers a range of 213 Kms (ARAI-Certified). The Tigor EV is Tata Motors’ first electric vehicle available for individual consumers and is an upgrade over its older version which offered a minimal range of 142 kilometres per charge and was available for sale only to government agencies and commercial fleet buyers. Since the FAME India scheme is not applicable for personal buyers, the Tigor EV comes at a steep price of Rs. 12.59 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom) for the base variant and Rs. 12.91 Lakhs for the top variant. The Tigor EV comes with both fast charging and the conventional charging methods. The 72V 3-phase AC induction motor of the Tigor EV is capable of churning out 41PS of max power and 105Nm of peak torque. Equipped with 2 driving modes, the Tigor EV comes with a 3-year / 1,25,000 km warranty.
2) Tata Nexon EV
Tata Motors’ second electric car offering, the Nexon EV comes at an introductory price range of Rs 13.99 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The Nexon EV features Tata Motor’s new Ziptron powertrain that produces 129PS power with the help of a 30.2kWh battery pack. The Nexon EV can go from 0-100kmph in 9.9 seconds and deliver an ARAI claimed range of 312km. In addition to the normal charging speeds, the vehicle also supports fast charging that charges from 0-80 per cent in less than an hour. To make it more appealing to the eyes, the Nexon EV comes with sleek projector headlamps, 8-spoke alloy wheels, a new grille and tweaked tail lamps. On the inside, the Nexon EV boasts a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with cruise control and a Harman sound system.
3) Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric debuts as India’s first long-range electric vehicle with a range of 452km (ARAI-claimed). The Kona EV’s powerful electric motor can deliver 136PS of power and 395Nm of torque and is capable of doing a 0-100kmph in just 9.7 seconds with a top speed of 154kmph. The electric motor of Kona draws power from a 39.2kWh battery pack which supports a pretty impressive fast charging that can charge the battery from 0-80 per cent in just 57 minutes. The Kona EV comes equipped with features like digital driver’s display, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite-linked navigation, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming IRVM, sunroof and much more. Hyundai’s all-electric SUV is currently priced at Rs 23.71 lakh (ex-showroom India).
4) MG ZS EV
Launched at a starting price of Rs 20.88 lakh (ex-showroom), the MG ZS EV rivals the Hyundai Kona Electric. The ZS EV is powered by an all-electric motor that is capable of delivering 143PS of power and 353Nm of torque. The motor draws power from an IP67 rated waterproof 44.5kWh battery pack. The claimed range of the ZS EV as per MG is 340 km in a single charge. Equipped with fast charging capabilities, the ZS EV takes around 50 minutes to charge from 0-80 per cent. On the inside, the ZS EV includes an 8-inch infotainment system, cruise control, panoramic sunroof, PM 2.5 AC air filter and much more.
Since the electric car market in India is still growing, there are a lot of car manufacturers that are planning to launch their electric vehicles for both fleet operators and individual buyers. Here is a list of a few promising and upcoming electric vehicles in India.
1) Tata Altroz EV
After launching the Nexon EV, Tata is gearing up to launch the all-new Altroz EV. According to reports, the electric version of Tata’s premium hatchback will be based on Tata’s Ziptron EV platform as seen on the Nexon EV.
2) Mahindra e-XUV300
Showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, the all-electric XUV 300 from Mahindra is expected to be launched sometime in 2021 primarily to rival the Nexon EV. Even though Mahindra hasn’t revealed any technical specifications of the upcoming e-XUV300, it is rumoured that its battery pack and range will be the same as the Tata Nexon EV.
3) Audi eTron
In the premium segment, the German luxury brand Audi will launch its first all-electric model for the Indian market. Named as the Audi eTron, the luxury vehicle will arrive with a price tag which could cross the 1 crore mark. The Audi eTron will use two electric motors to mimic an all-wheel-drive. The motors will draw power from a 95kWh battery pack and will offer a claimed range of 400kms on a single charge. The eTron will come equipped with an industry-leading fast-charge technology that will charge the luxury vehicle from 0 to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. The eTron is expected to arrive sometime in Q1 2020
The Indian electric vehicle market is all geared up to see an electric revolution with both local manufactures and foreign players bringing in their best offerings. And as technology and innovation grow, we might be able to see long-range electric vehicles at an affordable price tag.
For those interested in upgrading to an electric vehicle in the near future, their convention car could prove to be a boon. With electric vehicles starting from ₹10 lakhs, selling your current car could help further discount your next electric vehicle purchase.