Indian Government plans to shift completely to zero-emission cars by 2030. Here’s a list of all the upcoming electric cars in India
India is witnessing the shift to electric mobility in par with the rest of the world. The sales of the zero-emission vehicles in India has been menial until now but with the government providing subsidies under the FAME scheme and improving charging infrastructure in various cities, the manufacturers are gearing up for the electric revolution. The latest tender released by the government to acquire 10,000 electric vehicles was bagged by Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra. Maruti Suzuki felt left out as the company does not have even a single electric or hybrid vehicle in its lineup. Suzuki recently tied up with Toyota to manufacture electric vehicles in the nation. Following is our list of upcoming electric cars in India.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by Hyundai – Kona and Ioniq
The second largest automaker in India plans to introduce two electric models from its current lineup in India starting next year. The initial offering includes the latest mini-SUV Kona’s electric version and the Ionoq electric sedan. The former follows the automaker’s fluidic design theme and the exterior looks young and dynamic. Under the boot is a 28kWh battery that gives the Kona electric enough juice to run for 384km on a single charge. Hyundai is expected to launch the Kona electric in India by last 2018 or early 2019. Price expected for the same is INR 25 to 30 lakh.
The second zero-emission offering planned by the automaker is the Ioniq electric sedan. The Ioniq features futuristic exterior and interior design. The 28kWh battery pack will be borrowed from the Kona and offers a minimum range of about 200km on a single charge. The electric motors on the Ioniq produce 118bhp of power and 295Nm of torque. The expected launch frame of the Ioniq is similar to the Kona electric and will be launched by end of 2018 or early 2019. Hyundai is expected to price the electric sedan around INR 20 to 25 lakh.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by Nissan – Leaf
One of the most successful all-electric cars, the Leaf is India bound and will be launching in the coming months. The latest iteration of the Nissan Leaf was launched in Japan in September this year followed by the global unveiling at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The second generation of the Leaf brings in advanced aerodynamics, latest in tech along with improved efficiency. The 40kWh battery gives the Leaf a range of 400km on a single charge. Charging time for the battery remains 6 to 8 hours but customers can opt for an optional fast charger which charges the battery pack up to 80% in just 40 minutes. Nissan is expected to price the leaf around INR 35 lakh.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by Tata – Tigor EV, Tiago EV, and Nano EV
Tata has been showcasing their electric concept lineup for years now with the initial products finally launching next year. Tata plans to attack the EV market with an entry-level hatch, a mid-segment hatchback and a sedan. The production of the Tigor EV started recently with the initial batch being delivered to the state-run Energy Services Ltd. The Tigor EV features a 29.98kW electric motor and the company offers a 3-year warranty on the electric sedan. The Tigor EV is priced at INR 10.16 exclusive of GST.
The Tata Tiago EV is being developed by the company’s Technical branch in the UK named Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TETC) and the Tiago EV concept was recently showcased at the Low Carbon Emission Vehicles Show at Millbrook, UK. The electric hatchback features a liquid-cooled 85kW drive motor with claimed torque output of 200Nm. The electric motor transfers its power via a six-speed gearbox and powers the front wheels. Upon launch, the Tiago EV is expected to be priced around INR 8 lakh.
The smallest of them all, the Nano EV was recently spotted testing near Coimbatore. The details pertaining to the drivetrain or mechanicals are not available yet but the Nano EV will definitely share certain parts with its siblings. The Nano EV concept was showcased at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was claimed to deliver a range of about 160km. Unlike other electric cars from Tata Motors, this one is going to be targeted at the commercial segment.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by Tesla – Model 3
Tesla is the most successful luxury electric car manufacturer currently. The company has launched various models overtime like the Model S, Model X and the latest Model3. The latter is planned for launch in India as it is Tesla’s most affordable offering. Already on sale in the US, the Model 3 is slated for launch in other overseas markets including Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, Singapore and Ireland. The Model 3 derives its power from a 60kWh battery driving either the rear or all four wheels. The model 3 features Tesla’s Autopilot technology as standard. India launch is expected to take place in the second half of 2018 and expected price for the same is INR 35 lakh.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by Mahindra – XUV Aero EV, KUV100 EV, Ssangyong Tivoli Electric
2016 Auto Expo witnessed the coupè style Mahindra XUV Aero concept. Designed by Pininfarina, the sports activity coupè (SAC) sported swooping roofline, suicide doors and two-door look. According to reports, The XUV Aero electric will feature the most powerful drivetrain along with the longest range. The 380V system is being developed exclusively for the SUV/MPV range and will also underpin the TUV 100 electric MPV. The XUV Aero EV is slated for launch by 2020 and is expected to be priced around INR 30 lakh.
The second upcoming electric vehicle from Mahindra’s stable is the TUV 300 electric and the same was confirmed by the company’s CEO, Mahesh Babu. Upon launch, the TUV 300 electric will host a range of 350km on a full charge and will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 9 seconds. The top speed is expected to be 186km/h. Th electric MPV will be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo with the launch in the following months. The Mahindra TUV 300 Electric is expected to be priced around INR 10-12 lakh.
The Mahindra Ssangyong Tivoli Electric will be the first electric mini-SUV from the automaker. Codenamed S201, the Tivoli electric is being developed for the Indian market in conjunction with the Mahindra Electric division. The Tivoli Electric is expected to launch in India around early 2019 and will offer its customers a range of 250km on a single charge. Expected price for the electric SUV is INR 18-25 lakh.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by BMW – i5
The only competition to Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 in India would be BMW’s i5 electric sedan. Unveiled recently at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, i5 will be BMW’s first all-electric sedan. BMW plans to introduce 12 all-electric vehicles in the international market by the year 2025. The i5 will sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 4 seconds while attaining a top speed of 200km/h. The most impressive feature of the i5 is the range of 600km on a single charge. BMW is expected to launch the i5 in India by 2020 at an expected price of about INR 1 crore.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India by Jaguar i-Pace
Jaguar is getting serious when it comes to developing all-electric platforms, the i-Pace being the first of the offering. The production of the Jaguar i-Pace is slated to start by end of 2018 with the deliveries starting early 2019. Powering the concept i-Pace are two 150kW motors being powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The drivetrain has a maximum output of around 400bhp and 700Nm of torque. The battery pack offers a range of 345km on a single charge. The i-Pace is expected to launch in India by 2020 and will be priced around INR 1 Crore.
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