Upcoming Electric Cars India: In recent years, electric vehicles (or EVs) have gained immense popularity all over the world. In an effort to reduce carbon fuel emissions, some of the largest car manufacturers in the world are switching to EVs.
Seeing this trend several Indian manufacturers have entered the EV market. A host of electric cars, in all segments, are due to launch in India this year, and many of these have been confirmed.
Here are the key details about the upcoming electric cars of India’s top car manufacturers – Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. These models will all be available within the next three to four years.
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Tata Tiago EV
The Tata Tiago EV is an upcoming electric cars in India and is expected to launch in India in the middle of 2022. It has an 80 kW electric motor producing 240 Nm of torque mated to a single-speed gearbox.
While the Tata Tiago EV range is not officially announced, we can expect a maximum 100 KMs range on one charge, which means a single charge could last the car for two days.
The new EV’s interior design will be identical to the current ICE car. The grille may be the same as the Tigor EV’s, but it doesn’t make much difference.
The front part will still be similar, but the electric motors will be underneath. Moreover, the sides will be similar so that EV drivers won’t notice any difference in the front and rear of the car.
It will also feature 14-inch tyres. The tail lights will also be similar to the existing model, although they could be LEDs to cut power consumption.
The Mahindra eXUV300 electric vehicle will debut at the Auto Expo 2020. The design philosophy for the concept will be followed by the production model.
It is expected to be a large crossover SUV that will resemble the ICE-powered XUV300. It will feature a new aero grille, redesigned bumpers, LED headlamps, and updated alloy wheels.
The Mahindra eXUV300 will be based on the MESMA 350 platform developed by the company itself. It will have a 350-volt powertrain and support multiple electric motor configurations, including dual-motor setups.
It could come with 80-kWh batteries. Mahindra may even introduce a performance variant of the electric vehicle. Next year, the production version will be available.
The company has already announced that it will launch 16 electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2027. This new electric vehicle will take on the Tata Nexon, the MG ZS EV, and the Renault Zoe.
A new version of the Kwid EV, the Renault K-ZE electric car, landed in India in February. It was unveiled for the first time at the Shanghai Motor Show in China in February 2019.
Based on the Kwid CMF-A platform, the K-ZE is a completely electric car. The EV version of the Kwid is currently limited to China but is undergoing evaluation for other global markets.
The electric Renault K-ZE has already made its debut in the Chinese market and will soon be launching it in India. It is expected to compete with the upcoming Mahindra E2O and WagonR EV in the market.
The company is also preparing to introduce its Triber MPV in India soon. While the K-ZE may not be available before 2022, the company is already working on the Triber MPV for the Indian market.
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The exterior design of the K-ZE EV is similar to the Kwid concept car. It borrows some design elements from the concept version, including the large diamond logo on the grille.
The LED headlamps complement the front and rear of the car. The car’s alloy wheels further emphasize its profile. The K-ZE’s ground clearance is slightly lower than the standard version of the Kwid.
The EQS is one of the most premium upcoming electric cars in India based on the design of the new generation S-Class. Its low, sleek front is designed to be sporty, while its long, slim body boasts a coupe-like silhouette.
The rear is soft and rounded and features large wheels. The aerodynamics of the EQS match the car’s formal aesthetics and add a touch of elegance to the vehicle’s profile.
The EQS will come in two trim levels – the 450+ and the 580 4MATIC. Both will come with a 770-km range and a 355-hp electric motor. The EQS will require 30 minutes for 10% to 80% charging on a DC rapid charger.
Those looking for a higher power output should opt for the higher-end EQS 580 4MATIC, which will likely feature two electric motors. The EQS will have an impressive 840-Nm of torque when fully charged.
The EQS electric car will be one of the 10 models Mercedes-Benz plans to launch in India this year. The company is already selling the EQS in other markets but will manufacture the EQS sedan in India at its Chakan plant near Pune.
Because it will be manufactured locally, the cost of the EQS electric sedan will be much lower than a CBU unit. It is expected to join the EQC, the brand’s first all-electric car, in the near future.
BMW has confirmed that the i4 electric car is coming to India. Unlike the iX electric SUV and the upcoming XM hybrid, the BMW i4 has not been significantly altered.
It retains the coupe-like roofline and features the tallest closed-off grille of any BMW. The exterior features LED headlights and taillights, and the India-spec car gets a choice of three exterior paint shades.
The BMW i4 sedan will be the third fully electric model to hit the Indian market. The i4 will be an electrified version of the four-door Gran Coupe sedan.
The company has already introduced the BMW iX electric SUV and the MINI Cooper SE electric hatchback in the country. The BMW i4 will have a 4,783-mm length and a closed kidney grill. It will also have blue accents on its exterior and alloy wheels.
The i4 is expected to come in two variants – the eDrive40 and the M50 xDrive. The eDrive40 variant will feature an electric motor at the rear axle. This car will generate 340 hp and 430 Nm of peak torque.
It will reach 100 kmph in 5.7 seconds. The i4 M50 will reach a top speed of 139 kmph in just over four minutes.
Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has revealed its futuristic Futuro-e concept for an electric car at the Auto Expo 2020.
While it has yet to release a battery-powered car in India, it has long been developing the technology for such vehicles. The automaker has been lagging behind rivals like the Hyundai Motor Company, Mahindra, and Tata Motors Ltd.
The futuristic Futuro-e concept car looks like a fusion of a coupe and an SUV. Its sharp lines and angular LED headlamps clearly hint at its futuristic design.
The Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e concept car has been teased in recent weeks. The electric SUV concept car has several powertrain options.
While the Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e concept car is not yet ready for production, it is expected to be a major player in the Indian market.
Hyundai Styx EV
The new electric vehicle from Hyundai will go on sale in India next year. While it will not have a range of more than 310 kilometers, the car will be equipped with two battery packs – one for 310 kilometers and the other for 480 kilometers.
The Styx will compete with the Ford Ecosport and the Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Moreover, it may even make its global debut at the New York Auto Show, where Hyundai is expected to showcase its electric car.
Hyundai’s Styx is expected to be available for bookings in late April. Besides, it is also likely to share the same platform with the Santro, which recently received nominations for World Urban Car 2019.
The Kona SUV will be Hyundai’s first electric car in India and will be launched next year. This unit will probably be imported fully assembled and cost around 25-30 lakhs.
However, the automaker will launch more affordable EVs in India later. In 2020, the company was expected to launch an all-new model based on the Santro platform. It will also be available with either gasoline or diesel engines.
The Kia EV6 is already on sale in many international markets. Coming to India as a fully-built unit, the EV6 will have a single 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car’s range is 528 kilometers per charge on the WLTP cycle.
Its range can be increased up to 100 km/h in 4.5 minutes using an ultra-fast charger. Charging from 10% to 80% takes about 18 minutes with a 350 kW fast charger while charging from 50% to 80% requires about 73 minutes.
The Kia EV6 looks like a concept car with its aggressive front and rear ends. Its technology is not available in other EVs, including the German luxury models.
This vehicle will also have good handling, which should be a key selling point. Even though Kia is targeting the premium market, sales of this car are not expected to be a major issue. Its price is competitive with rivals in the segment.
The EV bug has hit every big name in the Indian automobile industry, and these companies are scrambling to bring out electric vehicles. Mahindra has a great reputation in the Indian middle class and is already making its mark with a range of models.
In fact, Mahindra has already announced its expansion into the EV segment, and the new eKUV100 is expected to arrive sometime in April-June 2022.
The Mahindra eKUV100 is one of the upcoming electric cars in India, and it has been showcased in the near-production form at the 2020 Auto Expo.
However, the company has a goal of selling 200,000 eKUV100s in the first year of its launch, which would be twice as much as its previously stated range.
As for the design, the eKUV100 is expected to be a six-seater with a comfortable seating capacity for six passengers. Its battery pack will support fast charging, which means it could be charged up to 80 percent in an hour.
While it has not been launched yet, it is expected to reach the Indian market in the second half of this year. This car features a closed grille, front fender-mounted charging ports, and quirky ‘+’ and ‘-‘ lettering on the tailgate.
Its upcoming electric car price may be around Rs. 8 lakh, although this could increase at launch due to delays in development and the pandemic. It is also expected to compete with the Tata Tigor EV.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga EV
The second-generation Maruti Ertiga has retained its numero-uno position in the entry-level MPV segment, and its successor could continue to lead with a new electric car.
The company plans to launch an electric version of the Ertiga to compete with the MG e-ZS SUV, which is set to be launched by the end of this year. The Ertiga will be positioned in a different segment so that it may cost similar to the MG e-ZS.
The Ertiga is one of the most popular Maruti Suzuki cars, and it was originally shortlisted for an electric car by the company’s engineers.
However, it was ultimately decided against this plan because the electric Ertiga would require major changes to the sedan’s powertrain. In addition, the Ertiga is a multi-purpose vehicle used both for commercial and personal commuting.
The Ertiga is the second EV candidate that Maruti is launching in India. It is currently testing 50 prototypes, including an electric Wagon R, across India.
This is part of the company’s strategy of developing a distinct identity for electric cars in India. The company is also planning to build an electric factory in Gujarat to produce lithium-ion batteries, which is likely to help it compete with rivals.
The first electric vehicle from Maruti Suzuki will launch in India in 2020, but it may not be available until late 2020. The Ertiga EV is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Wagon R EV, which will be launched by the end of the decade.
Its electric powertrain will likely be similar to that of the Wagon R, and it may also help Maruti establish a strong presence in the electric vehicle segment. Besides, the Wagon R EV might be launched under a new brand name.