The upcoming Mahindra BE.05 and XUV.e9 were seen testing in high-altitude regions of Ladakh. Ladakh serves as a high-altitude testing ground for many automakers, particularly for SUVs. It stands out as one of the most sought-after adventure trails in the country, attracting enthusiasts who explore the region with their durable SUVs and motorcycles. Conducting tests in this challenging terrain is essential to evaluate the performance of vehicle components under extreme temperature conditions. Ladakh experiences winter temperatures that can plummet to -20 degrees Celsius. Consequently, it becomes imperative to ensure the proper functioning of electric components, including the battery, in such harsh conditions. Now, let’s delve into the specifics of this scenario.
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Mahindra BE.05 and XUV.e9 Testing in Ladakh
This post comes from vebtorquemotors on Instagram. It captures the two electric SUVs in the mountains with a picturesque background. As per the information of the post, they are en route to the mighty Khardung La in Ladakh. It was one of the former highest motorable passes in the world. These terrains will test the behaviour of the mechanical and electronic components of the vehicle. Not to mention, it is critical to test the battery behaviour in such harsh weather conditions. We know that Lithium-ion batteries are notorious for being unpredictable in extreme temperature conditions.
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With a distinctive compact design, the BE.05 (Born Electric) showcases a notable presence. The rear extension of the boot lid, coupled with a roof-mounted spoiler and a sharp tail section, contributes to its prominent appearance, all concealed under heavy camouflage. Despite the camouflage, the difference in size between these SUVs is evident. According to the official specifications provided by Mahindra, the BE.05 is expected to measure 4.37 meters in length, boasting an impressive 2.77 meters of wheelbase, thanks to the dedicated INGLO platform. The standout features of the BE.05 include its bold exterior styling, complemented by the incorporation of the latest technology and connectivity features.
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Contrastingly, the XUV.e9 presents itself as an SUV coupe, adorned with robust contours tracing along its body. Its dimensions include a length of 4,790 mm, a width of 1,905 mm, a height of 1,690 mm, and a wheelbase spanning 2,775 mm. Slated for production in April 2025, it embodies a harmonious blend of sportiness and utility. Embracing the typical coupe silhouette, its roofline gracefully descends until reaching the bootlid. However, the XUVe.9 does share some design similarities with the existing XUV700, which serves as its foundation. Even in these images, it is clearly wrapped in heavy camouflage.
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Mahindra has chosen the dependable, robust, and easily maintainable Lithium Ferrous Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry for its electric vehicles. The battery design incorporates streamlined modules and standardized cell-to-pack technology, utilizing both Blade and Prismatic cell architectures. With a battery capacity ranging from 60-80 kWh and the ability to achieve a 175 kW DC fast charge, it enables a rapid 5-80% charge in under 30 minutes.
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These electric vehicles (EVs) will be offered in both Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations. The RWD models will feature power outputs ranging from 170 kW to 210 kW (equivalent to 228 hp to 282 hp), while the AWD variants will boast power outputs between 250 kW and 290 kW (equivalent to 335 hp to 389 hp). As a result, the acceleration from 0-100 km/h is expected to be achieved in 5-6 seconds. The WLTP range for the larger battery pack is anticipated to be approximately 450 km.
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The electric vehicle market is gaining momentum in India, and it’s the domestic car manufacturers leading this transition. Tata Motors, in particular, holds an impressive market share of over 80% in the Indian EV market. They’ve successfully transformed their internal combustion engine (ICE) models into electric vehicles. Similarly, Mahindra has adopted a similar strategy with the XUV400, which is based on the XUV300. Looking ahead, Mahindra has ambitious plans to introduce five electric SUVs in the coming years. This expansion will offer customers a diverse range of options to choose from.
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