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May 27, 2020

Top 10 Electric Cars in India

The Indian car market has come a long way in the past few years in terms of technology. While we as a market still haven’t completely accepted the concept of electric and hybrid cars, the mind-set of buyers is slowly yet steadily changing. There is a growing acceptance for hybrid cars but, when it comes to alternate fuels, we are more inclined towards LPG and CNG instead of electric energy. But that hasn’t dampened the car manufacturers’ hopes in India. While 2030 all electric vision is quite ambitious, for now, we have been seeing more and more carmaker entering the hybrid and electric car space and here is a list of the top electric cars available in India.

1. Mahindra e2oPlus

While the journey started with the two-door Mahindra e2o (previously know as Reva e2o) the company has now replaced with a slightly bigger four-door Mahindra e2oPlus electric hatchback which was launched in India in October 2016.

The powertrain ispowered by a 72V lithium-ion battery that has increases the driving range to 140km and provides about 40 bhp and 91 Nm of peak torque has a top speed of 85 kmph. A full charge takes about 9 hours but the QuickChargehelps charge the car in just about an hour. The e2o powered with SOS feature gives an additional range of 7-10 km if battery power dips below 10 per cent. 

Price: Rs. 5.46 lakh – Rs. 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

2. Mahindra eVerito

The second electric passenger car is the eVerito.The eVerito is powered by the same electric motor as the e2oPlus that comes with a 72V battery pack. The power and torque are at 40 bhp and 91 Nm respectively same as e2o. Although the range on the eVerito is 110 km on a full charge.

The eVeritouses a lithium-ion battery that takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to be fully charged through fast charging technology and takes over 8 hours on regular mode. The EV’s top speed is around 86 km/h.  with a running cost of Rs. 1.15 per km. The e-Verito sedan retains its diesel sibling’s design. Mahindra Electric is working on a new long-range electric powertrain to increase its range.

Price: Rs. 9.50 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

3. Toyota Camry Hybrid

 The car comes in petrol and hybrid models and it is the latter the accounts for 70 per cent of the car’s sales in India. The Toyota Camry hybrid is not a plug-in hybrid. It is powered by DOHC VVT-i 2.5-litre petrol unit paired to an electric motor. The outputof the hybrid system stands at 202bhp; 44bhp from the electric motors and rest from the petrol unit.

The engine comes mated to the e-CVT and the car comes with three driving modes to choose from – EV, Eco and Normal. The Camry Hybrid delivers 19.6Km/l.

Price: Rs. 31.98 lakh

4. Honda Accord Hybrid

The Japanese carmaker brought back the Accord nameplate to India with the launch of the 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid. The Accord only comes in a hybrid version and is sold in India as a completely built unit (CBU). The Accord is in its ninth generation and in terms of styling and design, it looks a lot more premium.

Powering the Honda Accord Hybrid is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor powered by a 1.3 Kilowatt/h lithium-ion battery pack. The electric motor of Accord Hybrid puts out 184 bhp and a peak torque of 315 Nm. The Honda Accord hybrid’s power output is rated at 212bhp. It comes mated to a CVT gearbox.

 The Honda Accord Hybrid car is over Rs, 6 lakh more expensive than its closest competitor – the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

5. Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo launched the Plug-In Hybrid version of the XC90 in India and well, it was the first SUV of its kind to hit the Indian shores. The name Volvo XC90 and the price for that matter, speaks for itself. Among the extravagant features that are available, one of the most distinguished are the individual electronically-adjustable reclinable rear seats with massage & ventilation functions, and added legroom with footrests. Moreover these features are complemented by ambient lighting, illuminated storage and a retractable control touch screen. The Volvo XC90 also has luxurious feel with its folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a heated/chilled cup holder, and handmade crystal glasses from leading Swedish company, Orrefors just for its customers.

The Volvo XC90 derives power from the company’s T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid Electric powertrain which consists of 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine + 9.2kWh Lithium-ion battery. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Volvo XC90 offers a combined power output of nearly 402bhp and develops a maximum torque of 640Nm. 

Price: Rs. 1.25 crore

6. Tata Tigor EV

Tata Tigor EV’s 16.2 kWh battery powers a 72 volt, three-phase AC induction motor that produces 40 bhp at 4500 rpm and 105 Nm of peak torque available at 2500 rpm. Tata Tigor EV claims a range of 142 km on a single charge, and takes about 90 minutes to charge up to 80 per cent via a DC 15 kW fast charger, while a standard AC home or office wall socket will take six hours to reach the same. It has a top speed restricted to 80 kmph.

The Tata Tigor EV is in three variants – XE, XM and the XT, priced from 11.58 lakh to 11.92 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). This is after the government announced a reduction in GST rates on electric vehicles, bringing down the price of the car by 80,000. However, with the addition and updates in policies of the FAME II subsidy the Tata Tigor EV can be bought at 9.96 lakh for the XE base trim, while the range-topping XT variant comes at 10.30 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).

7. Tata Nexon EV

The Nexon EV is evolution of the SUV design in Indian Market that combines the practicality of an SUV with the style of a sports coupe which showcases prominent features like automatic projector headlamps with DRLs, fog lamps with cornering ability, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and automatic rain-sensing wipers. When it comes to features Tata has been breaking boundaries and with its Nexon EV it also has 7-inch touch screen infotainment, fully automatic climate control, rear AC vents, leatherette seats, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry, push-button start, camera-based reverse park assist, electric tailgate and with dual-tone sunroof.

The new Nexon electric vehicle is equipped with a 30.2 kWh li-ion battery. Tata Motors claims that the battery is IP67 certified and has been tested for over one million km.The Nexon electric vehicle to be priced in the range of Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).

8. MG ZS EV

MG will offer two variants for us of ZS EV in India which are ‘Excite’ and ‘Exclusive’. As Car buyers in the Indian market love a feature loaded car and the ZS EV floats that to the ‘T’. To start with, it is a connected SUV and gets an embedded eSIM along with in-built Wi-Fi and more or less gets all connectivity features that the Hector gets. In addition, there will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on offer soon. Then, you have a full panoramic sunroof along with PM 2.5 filter as well. The air filter is a standard fitment on the top model and much needed, if you are driving around in Indian metro cities.The MG ZS EV takes about 6-8 hours to be charged fully with an AC home-charger, which MG will install free of cost. MG gives a portable charger with every unit which can be plugged in at any regular socket. The fastest charging option is the 50 kW DC fast- charger can charge the car up to 80 per cent in less than an hour. MG will provide its dealerships in metro cities with one unit each of the 50 kW fast-charger. Plus, MG will also offer road side assistance and get a mobile charging van to you in case you are stranded.The ZS EV is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom). 

9. Hyundai Kona

The South Korean carmaker has launched out its first electric vehicle Hyundai Kona in India at an introductory price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom). The Kona makes use of a permanent magnet synchronous motor with an output of 136bhp and 395Nm. It has a 39.2kWh lithium-ion battery offering a claimed range of 452km.One can charge the battery pack via 50kW DC fast charger or a standard AC source in 57 minutes and 6 hours 10 minutes respectively. Hyundai joined hands with MapMyIndia to display Kona Electric compatible EV charging stations in HMIL website and in mobile app. Its interior showcases high-tech features and offers decent cabin space. With Hyundai Kona Electric, the South Korean carmaker aims to target eco-friendly mobility and its supporting car buyers especially in India. 

10. Jaguar I PACE

The Jaguar I-Pace is the first electric car to be introduced by Tata Motors-owned luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover. This company has now chalked out a plan for its hybrid electric and all electric cars for the country. The new Jaguar I-Pace electric car is expected to be launched in India by the end of 2020.The Jaguar I-Pace has been designed in line with likes of E-Pace and F-Pace, the F-Type, and several visual elements have been inspired from these three models. The all-electric cars come with a sloping bonnet, sleek LED headlamps, honeycomb pattern grille and a wide central air dam and furthermore, although the I-Pace isn’t pitched as an off-roader, it’s capable of a wading depth of 500 mm. At the time of writing, pricing for the 2020 I-Pace is not available. The 2019 model starts at $69,500, while the top trim stretches to $80,500. Many luxury hybrid and electric SUVs cost considerably less, but the I-Pace is the lowest priced all-electric vehicle among them.

With the record breaking health issues, especially in infants and awareness reaching a completely new level for critical need for going green, the need to turn our vehicles green has become a priority. With Government’s push for electric mobility in the country, India is turning and also adapting its policies to be one of the most viable markets for EVs to thrive in near future. Hence we compiled a few of the offerings that were and are about to get introduced in India. Keep reading for more trending updates with us.

References:-

https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/electric-cars

https://www.cardekho.com/india-car-news/10-upcoming-electric-cars-expected-to-launch-in-india-in-2019-23823.htm

https://www.drivespark.com/best-electric-cars/

https://www.news18.com/news/auto/best-of-2019-top-electric-vehicles-launched-this-year-hyundai-kona-ather-450-and-more-2428559.html

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