The EV culture in India is slowly on the rise. Though the charging network is not the best in the world, India has been doing pretty good in terms of EV development. The entry of Tesla in India is also a great benchmark for EVs in our country. Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV, and Hyundai Kona Electric are some of the popular selling EVs in the market currently. But what about the upcoming options? The most affordable Tata Nexon EV costs close to around Rs.15 lakh on-road. There is much space for an affordable EV. Find out below 3 upcoming electric cars under Rs.10 lakh.
Maruti WagonR EV
Maruti WagonR EV was in news for quite some time last year but has altogether disappeared now. As of now, Maruti is first expected to release the XL5, which like the XL6 will be a premium offering of the WagonR sold through Nexa. After that, however, on public and market demand, Maruti can launch its affordable WagonR EV. The company already tested the EV in India but did not release any results. In the international market, however, Suzuki already sells the all-electric WagonR.
Starting with the front, you can clearly see that the new car has split headlamps as opposed to a single cluster headlamp. This addition adds a modern touch to the car. LED DRLs and projector headlamps can be expected in the new car. New alloy wheel design will also be present. Maruti may also add strong straight lines to the car to make it look sportier. The front bumper and grille design will also be different to add a fresh new touch.
Tata Altroz EV
Tata recently launched the Altroz iTurbo in India which was a heavily anticipated car. While the car was pretty decent, nothing solid can be said without the idea about the price of the car. However, Tata like other companies in the market realizes the importance of electric vehicles and may launch an EV soon. Moreover, the company already showcased the Altroz EV during an Auto Show. Charging infrastructure may be one of the hitches in India. If dealt correctly, by making affordable EVs, Tata can become the “Tesla” of India.
The new electric car will come equipped with an IP67 rated dustproof battery and will have a certified driving range of 300+kms. The Tata Altroz EV like the Nexon EV will be priced higher than the ICE variant. The Tata Nexon EV as of now is still the most affordable EV in the country. With the launch of Altroz EV, the title of the cheapest EV may shift. Expected launch date is around second half of 2021. More about 3 upcoming electric cars under Rs. 10 lakh below.
SUV segment has become a hot-selling segment in our country. If you make a decent SUV with great pricing, your product is a success in terms of sales numbers. Mahindra may also try the same. The upcoming eKUV100 looks quite similar to the ongoing gasoline-powered unit.
However slight changes will be made to distinguish it as an EV. Mahindra had already showcased the eKUV100 in the Auto Expo during February 2020. Talking about the design you can still see the sharp LED DRLs upfront here. Compared to the KUV100, the eKUV100 only comes with a new lower front bumper. Mahindra like Tata has already showcased the concept car and is ready to begin production.
The eKUV will have a 150 km driving range on a single charge of its liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. Powering the eKUV is a 15.9kW electric motor which is good for 54.4hp and 120Nm of torque. Mahindra claims that charging the vehicle up will take just 6 hours with a regular charger. The specs of the eXUV300 are a mystery at the moment, but the driving range was confirmed by Mahesh Babu, MD & CEO, Mahindra Electric, to be around 375 km. Other reports also suggest that an entry-level version with lower driving range will also be introduced, focused towards the urban buyers.
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