The electric car sales in the country have been steady over the past year. In fact, that is the reason why Tesla, the most popular electric car brand in the world, decided to finally enter our market in 2021. It has already planned to set up its office in Bengaluru. Although April was not the ideal month for the automobile industry, in particular, it still has some significant sales compared to May 2021. The country is in lockdown once again and May sales figures will reflect that. However, the electric vehicle segment continues to be dominated by the Tata Nexon EV, which commands an almost 70% market share in April 2021. This is despite its tussle with the Delhi High Court, which had issued a notice to Tata Motors after a complaint by a Nexon EV customer regarding the inadequate range of the vehicle. But it has not affected the sales and popularity of the Nexon EV as it continues to be the segment by a huge margin. Let us take a look at the overall sales figures for the individual products in the segment.
Tata Nexon EV- 525 Units
The segment leader continues to be at the top of the list of EVs sold in India in the month of April 2021. April saw Tata sell 525 units of its popular SUV EV compared to 632 units the month prior. This marks a significant 16% decline in month-on-month sales. Even during the worsening pandemic scenario, Nexon EV has managed to stay on the top due to its affordability and value-for-money characteristics. The Nexon EV costs between Rs 13.99 lakh and Rs 16.56 lakh, ex-showroom and has an ARAI claimed range of 312 km.
MG ZS EV- 156 Units
The second most popular electric vehicle in our market is the MG ZS EV. The features and overall experience that the ZS EV offers in a little more in the premium region which also reflects in its price range. MG sold 156 units of the electric SUV in April 2021 compared to 303 units in March. This marks a substantial 48% decline in sales month-on-month. The prices for the MG ZS EV start from Rs 20.99 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 24.18 lakh, ex-showroom. The ARAI tested range of the updated ZS EV is 419 km.
Tata Tigor EV- 56 Units
The Tigor EV is a budget offering from Tata Motors in the electric vehicle segment which focuses primarily on city usage. It has all the necessary modern-age features with a decent range of 213 km which is sufficient for day-to-day city usage. That is also the aim of Tata Motors. In April 2021, Tata managed to sell a mere 56 units of the Tigor EV compared to March 2021, where it sold 73 units. The Tata Tigor EV comes in a price range of Rs 9.58 lakh and Rs 9.90 lakh, ex-showroom.
Hyundai Kona Electric- 12 Units
Hyundai has never been able to enjoy the success that it would have wanted from Kona Electric since the inception of the EV. The higher price point could be one of the major factors keeping the customers from buying one. As a result, Hyundai managed to sell a mere 12 units of Kona Electric in April 2021 compared to 11 units in March. The prices for the electric SUV range from Rs 23.77 lakh and go up to Rs 23.96 lakh, ex-showroom. The claimed range of the Kona Electric is the highest in the segment with 452 km.