Indian market is to be one of the potential electric vehicles markets, by 2030 in India it is expected that EV’s will account for 20-30% of passenger vehicle sales. So many automakers have set their eyes on having their electric vehicles. In today’s topic, we’ll see the upcoming electric vehicles from the local automakers, Tata and Mahindra. Mahindra has confirmed the launch of the eKUV100 and eXUV300. Tata is expected to launch an electric version of its premium hatchback Altroz and the HBX EV.
The Mahindra eKUV100 was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. It is expected to be launched by the end of 2021 or early 2022. It will be the most affordable electric SUV in the market when launched. The car will be powered by a 16Kwh Lithium-ion battery and a 40KW electric motor. This mini SUV makes 53bhp of power and 120nm of torque. On a full charge, the car will offer around 120km of range. The car will have both standard and fast charging options. The car is a direct rival for the upcoming Tata HBX EV.
The Mahindra XUV300 had a good response from customers, Mahindra has decided to electrify it. The car will be based on the brands high voltage, a long-range platform called the MESMA 350 (Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture). The car will feature a 350-volt powertrain and an electric motor ranging between 60kW to 80kW output dual-motor setup. The 80Kwh Lithium-ion battery will produce 132bhp and on a full charge will provide a range of 375km. This is significantly higher than the Tata Nexon EV which has a range of 312km on a single charge. The other variant of the eXUV300 is the low range variant which gives 200kms of range on a single charge. The car will probably be launched in 2022, it will rival the Tata Nexon EV, Hyundai Kona.
Tata Altroz EV
Tata is getting ready to launch its premium hatchback in an electric version, they first showcased the Altroz EV at the Auto Expo 2020. Built from scratch to be an electric car, the Altroz has the same powertrain as the Nexon EV, a single 95kw electric motor that powers the front wheels and a 30.2kWh Lithium-ion battery. The range is expected to be around 300km on a single charge. The battery is charged from 0-80 in almost an hour with fast charging. The Altroz EV is not so different from the IC version, except for electric blue accents around the car. An exclusive Teal blue paint option is available for the EV.
Tata HBX EV
The HBX EV will be based on the ALFA-Arc platform which underpins both the Altroz and ALtroz EV. For now, the Tata HBX will only be offered in petrol engine variants. A 1.2L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and a 1.2L turbo petrol engine. However, the brand intends to launch an electric version of the mini SUV in 2022-23. The 30.2kWh Lithium-ion battery pack offered in the Altroz and the Nexon EV will be quipped to HBX as well. And it will share the Ziptron powertrain technology which is used in the Nexon EV. It offers a power of 130bhp and the expected range on a single charge is 312km, just like the Nexon EV. When launched it will rival the Mahindra eKUV100.
So, these are the upcoming electric vehicles that will surely change the course of EVs in India. What do you think? Do let us know in the comments section below.