Automobile makers around the world are focusing on producing eco-friendly cars and this leads them to introduce electric cars into the market.
India in the coming years is expected to see a lot of new electric cars entering and dominating the Indian market.
Tesla Model 3
The most well-known electric car company Tesla is set to make its debut in the Indian market with its Tesla Model 3 electric car. It is expected to launch in the month of June 2021. This is one the most pocket-friendly Tesla out there. Model 3 is a huge success in the American market and is expected to be successful in the Indian market as well. It has a top speed of 162 km/h. Model 3 has a 55kWh battery and has a range of 500km on a single charge. It takes around 5 hours to be charged through an 11kw wall box and 24 hours through a regular wall outlet. It is expected to launch in India at a price range between INR 55 lakhs to INR 60 lakhs.
The Audi e-Tron is expected to be launched in the Indian market this year. It has already been announced globally and has received a very positive response. The electric SUV has a 95kWh battery pack which gives it a range of 500km with an output of 360ps and a torque of 561nm. According to Audi, the battery can be charged from 0-80% in just 30 minutes. It’s expected to be launched at INR 1.5 crore.
Mahindra XUV300 electric
The Indian-made SUV is expected to launch in June, it first made its appearance at auto expo 2020. It is supposedly powered by a 130hp electric motor. It is installed with a 30kWh battery which is expected to give a range of around 300km on a single full charge. The XUV300 is expected to be priced at INR 18 lakhs and is more within the price bracket of the Indian consumer.
Tata Altroz EV
Tata, Another Indian carmaker introducing an electric version of one of its successful car products in the shape of the Altroz EV. It was first showcased at auto expo 2020. The Altroz EV is expected to have a 30kWh battery with a range of 350km on a single charge. Tata claims that this battery can be charged from 0-80% in just around an hour by using a DC charger. Alongside Altrox Tata is also working on developing and introducing electronic versions of its other cars like Tiago and Tigor.
Maruti WagonR EV
The WagonR EV is also expected to launch in 2021. Not much information is out regarding this electric car. It is expected to look the same as the Petrol version of the popular WagonR. It will be fitted with an AC charging feature that would take about 7 hours to completely charge the battery. Tho Maruti has not yet given an official price range. The WagonR EV is expected to launch between INR 7-10 lakhs making it a very affordable electric car and thus making it available to a wider range of customers.
BYD, a Chinese carmaker dedicated to only making electric cars is also set to make its debut in the Indian market. It was spotted testing on Indian roads earlier this year. It is filled with features like an electronic parking brake, 4-airbags, ABS, traction control, hill-start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensors, and many more features. It is powered by a 41kWh battery which has an expected range of 522kms on a single full charge. The company is expected to launch more electric vehicles following the launch of the e6.
Another electric car by Mahindra is expected to launch this year. The eKUV100 will be identical to kuv100. The car is powered by a 40kW electric motor which has a horsepower of 53bhp and 120nm of torque. It is expected to have a range of 140 km thanks to its 15.9kWh battery. It is also said to be charged to 80% in an hour.
Volvo XC40 Rechargeable
Volvo is set to launch the electric version of the XC40 this year. It is fitted with two electric motors which produce a horsepower of 408 and a torque of a whopping 660Nm. This electric SUV can read 100km/h from 0 in a very impressive 4.9 seconds. The XC40 rechargeable has a top speed of 180km/h. It is available with an 11kWh AC charger or a 150kWh DC charger which according to Volvo can be charged to 80% within 40 minutes.
Renault Kwid electric
Renault is also expected to launch its electric cars into the Indian market this year. It already has been launched in China at an affordable price and is to be within reach of an average Indian car customer at 6 lakhs. It has a 30kWh ternary lithium battery which gives it a range of 271 km on a single full charge.
Is India going electric?
The world is switching from traditional cars which use fossil fuels to electric cars. With many electric cars debuting this year India might be heading towards an electric car revolution as well which would be a welcome change but it all depends on how the Indian market takes to these new vehicles and how they perform on the Indian roads.