Electric Cars

Upcoming electric cars in India

India’s transition to electric mobility is on the verge of gaining a boost with these new electric cars set to begin arriving near you. These EVs are priced in different ranges starting from around Rs 10 lakh, far beyond the Rs 1 Crore mark. We’ll give you a fair idea of what they’re expected to do without further ado.

Mahindra eKUV100

Mahindra is officially India’s first car manufacturer to offer personal mobility electric cars. And the company is planning to take the count up with the KUV100’s electric version shown at Auto Expo 2018. It is estimated that the eKUV will have a distance of 140 km and could be priced around Rs 10 lakh. Showrooms are expected to hit within the next few months.

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Expected price: Rs 10 lakh

Expected Launch: Festive season 2019

Renault Kwid EV

In India, the SUV styled-hatchback from Renault may soon be getting an electric sibling. The Kwid EV could be a winner in a price-sensitive market like India, showcased as the K-Ze concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It will cover a single charge of nearly 250kms.

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Expected price: Rs 5-7 lakh

Expected launch: Late 2019

Nissan Leaf

It was a long time coming, but this year the Nissan Leaf could finally make its India debut. It packs a lithium ion battery of 40kWh that gives it a claimed 400 km range per charge. Nissan also launched an innovative e-pedal single technology that allows you to control both acceleration and braking. The same design will also be used in Honda’s cool little electric car named’ e.’

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Expected price: Rs 30 lakh

Expected launch: Late 2019

MG ZS EV

By setting up fast charging facilities at dealerships in five cities to begin with, MG has already started preparing for the release of its first electric SUV in India, the eZS. In India, from its 44.5kWh battery pack, it is expected to offer a range of around 350 km per load. Buyers will have iSmart connected software powered by an eSIM on the front features to allow remote AC control, Updates of the air system, geofencing, live recording, etc.

Expected to be priced over Rs 20 lakh, the MG eZS will be launched as a CBU to contend with the Hyundai Kona by December 2019.

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Expected price: Rs 20 lakh+

Expected launch: December 2019

Tata Tigor EV

Tata Motors offers the Tata Tigor EV to interested buyers at a starting price of Rs 12.85 lakh (ex-showroom, India), although not formally launched. The compact electric has two charging options, slow (6 hours) and fast (90 minutes). It has only 142kms of battery charging.

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Expected launch:Mid 2019

Expected price: Rs 12.85 lakh

Kia Soul EV

At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, South Korea’s second-largest car manufacturer, Kia Motors unveiled its third-generation’ Soul’ electric vehicle. But since Kia uses the same powertrain as the Kia e-Niro electric SUV, it is expected that the Soul EV will offer a range close to 484 km on a single charge.

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Expected price: Rs 11-13 lakh

Expected launch: Late 2019

Audi e-tron

Recently, Audi unveiled the e-tron in India and we were delighted with it! Audi’s first development series EV has a distance of more than 400 km! Highlights include external rearview mirrors based on camera, air suspension, dual central touchscreens, and climate control in four zones. Powered by a 95kWh battery pack, the e-tron will only take 30 minutes to complete the juice from 0 to 80 percent through a fast DC charger. Of course, by the end of this year, everything will come at a steep price, up from Rs 1 crore.

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Expected price: More than Rs 1 crore

Expected Launch: December 2019

Mercedes-Benz EQC

With the EQC already in the works, Mercedes-Benz was not too far behind Audi. It will be the first result of the EV branch of Mercedes-Benz, EQ. Powered by an 80kWh lithium ion battery, it will have a range of about 350 km, a tad lower than its rival Audi. The Mercedes-Benz EQC can endorse a strong 110kW charger capable of charging the battery within 40 minutes from 10 to 80%. Like the Audi e-tron, the EQC is scheduled to launch with a price tag of more than Rs 1 crore in India by the end of this year or early 2020.

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Expected price: More than Rs 1 crore

Expected Launch: Early 2020

Maruti WagonR Electric

Maruti checked JDM WagonRs throughout the country with an electric powertrain. Such EVs would act as a knowledge base for a new electric Maruti built on the Heartect architecture, providing an estimated range of 200 km. With a price tag of around Rs 9 lakh, Maruti is likely to bring its first EV to India by 2020.

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Expected price: Rs 9 lakh

Expected Launch: 2020

Which of the electric cars did you get excited about? Would you think the power, features and range on offer is sufficiently compelling to choose them from similarly priced equivalents of the combustion engine? In the comments, let us know.

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