Mahindra’s Upcoming EV Based On XUV300, Will Pit Against Hyundai Kona Electric

by Vivaan Khatri | 09/10/2019
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Mahindra is planning to introduce a new range of EVs in the future. One of them is the Mahindra XUV300-based SUV which will rival against the Hyundai Kona EV.

This year, our market has welcomed the first electric vehicle SUV ever, the Hyundai Kona. Following the Kona EV, there will be some new models to enter the EV segment. Mahindra has also opened up about its plan of launching an EV based on its XUV300 SUV. Codenamed S210, the new XUV300-based Mahindra EV is under development and will rival against the Hyundai Kona.

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Mahindra XUV300 EV might come with two battery options

Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra, revealed that there might be two battery packages on the new XUV300-based SUV, one high-performance version and another less powerful version. While the former targets on bringing a performance-enhanced option, the latter is more suitable for daily commuting. It is expected that the high-performance version of the Mahindra XUV300 will be available with a 40 kWh battery pack with a range of around 300km. The electric motor is capable of making a maximum power of 130hp. He also shared that the S210’s battery cells are the first unit to be developed specifically for the India market. Mahindra will continue its partnership with Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem with the production of the new battery for S210.

With the range of around 300km, the high-performance version of the S210 will be more or less on par with the Kona EV. Hyundai offers the Indian customers with a 39.2 kWh battery pack which comes with an ARAI range of 452km. The electric motor returns a power of 136hp and 395Nm. Similarly, both come with DC fast charging option. For Kona Electric, the DC fast charger allows the battery to be charged up to 80 per cent in less than an hour.

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Mahindra XUV300 EV (S210) will be offered at an affordable price

Mahindra XUV300-based EV is expected to be offered at a more affordable price tag than the ongoing Kona EV. Moreover, the size of the Mahindra EV will also be significantly smaller than Hyundai’s EV SUV. While the Hyundai Kona’s size fits the compact SUV segment, Mahindra’s EV will sit on the under-four-meter segment. Currently, Hyundai Kona EV is priced at Rs 23.72 lakh. Besides Hyundai and Mahindra, Tata Motors will soon join hands and enter the EV SUV segment with the Tata Nexon-based electric.

Before the Mahindra XUV300 EV kicks off, the home-grown car manufacturer confirms that it will introduce the KUV100 first. And Mahindra will not stop with KUV100 EV and XUV300 but continue to introduce another EV which is based on the Ford Aspire. To get the latest news, visit IndianAuto.com.

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