The trend of electric cars has started getting popular in India. After looking at the success of Tata Nexon EV and MG ZS EV in our market, many automakers are now planning to launch an electric car in India. Here’s a list of upcoming electric cars in India, which are likely to introduce in our market in 2021.
Tesla Model 3
Recently, the Road Transport and Highway Minister of Indian, Nitin Gadkari confirmed that Tesla will enter India by this year. The first-ever car to be launched by the carmaker in India will be the Tesla Model 3, which is expected to hit the Indian shores by the first half of this year. The bookings of the car will commence this month. Initially, Tesla has plans to retail its vehicle via the CBU route. Local manufacturing could start after looking at the overall customer response towards the brand.
Tesla Model 3 will be offered with single and dual-motor options. The entry-level Standard Range and Range Plus trims will offer a total range of 423km. Both the variants can sprint from 0 to 100kmph in just 6 seconds. On the other hand, the Long Range AWD does the same job in 4.5 seconds, and the Long Range Performance AWD take only 3 seconds. Both the Long Range version of the car offers a range of 568 km in one full charge.
Mahindra has plans to launch the eKUV100 in our market in the coming months. It was first showcased, early this year at the 2020 Auto Expo and will cost Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Mahindra EV derives power from a 40kW electric motor, which puts out power and torque outputs of 53bhp and 120 Nm. It employs a 15.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a total range of 120km. With DC charger, the mini electric SUV can charge from 0 to 80 per cent in just one hour.
The all-new Mahindra EXUV300 is likely to launch in the Indian market by the end of this year. It will be offered in two different trim levels namely- Standard and Long Range.
The former offers a total range of 200km, while the latter offers 350-400km of range in one full charge. It’ll be offered with a 350V power plant. From outside and inside, the upcoming EXUV300 will be quite different from the regular gasoline model of the SUV.
The German automaker Porsche will officially launch the all-electric Taycan in Indian by the first half of this year. Porsche Taycan is the company’s first-ever all-electric car by the automaker. It is based on the Mission E concept. It derives power from two permanent synchronous motors (PMS), which puts out a combined power output of 600bhp.
The electric car by Porsche is rated to offer a total range of 500kms in one full charge. It can sprint from 0-100kmph in under 3.5 seconds and 200kmph under 12 seconds. The battery of the electric car can charge from 0-80 per cent in just 22.5 minutes. By using a high power charger, the electric car can be charged to offer 100kms of range in 5 minutes.
Audi has also announced to launch E-Tron in India in 2021. The upcoming E-Tron derives power from two different motors- a 125kW at the front and a 140kW at the rear.
The power plant puts out 408bhp of power, and 664 Nm of torque and the power is sent to all four wheels through an AWD system. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 5.5 seconds and can reach an electronically limited speed of 200kmph. The electric SUV will also be offered with a 95kWh battery pack, which can be charged via regenerative braking.
By the end of 2020, Tata Motor has plans to launch the Altroz EV in the Indian market by the end of 2021. It is expected to derive power from the same powertrain, which propels the Nexon EV. The Nexon EV is powered by an IP67 certified 30.2kWh battery pack with a permanent AC motor.
The upcoming premium hatchback by Tata is expected to offer a total range between 250km to 300 km in one full charge. The battery of the car can be charged up to 80 per cent in 1 hour using a DC fast charger and can get fully charged in 8 hours using a regular power socket.
Jaguar has also planned to introduce its first-ever electric car in the Indian market in 2021. The upcoming Jaguar I-Pace has a coupe-like silhouette, and the styling of the electric SUV is based inspired by the Jaguar C-X75 supercar. It is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which is capable of shredding out 400 PS of power and 696 Nm of twisting force.
It is claimed to offer a total range of 480km on one full charge. The battery of the car can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes through DC rapid charger. Moreover, it can also take around 12.9 hours to fully charge the car using a 7kW AC fast charger. The upcoming Jaguar I-Pace can sprint from 0-100kmph in just 4.8 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 200kmph.
Maruti WagonR EV
India’s biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki will finally launch the long-awaited WagonR EV by this year. Earlier, it was planned to launch last year but got delayed due to the poor charging infrastructure. It is expected to offer a range between 130-180km. The electric hatchback is likely to take around 60 minutes to charge up to 80 per cent.
The upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge will be the company’s first-ever electric car for the Indian market. It is based on the Volvo XC40. The electric SUV gets an AWD system and offers a range of 400 in one full charge.
It is powered by two 150KW electric motors and offers a combined power and torque outputs of 402bhp and 659 Nm. The batteries are positioned under the floor between the axles. It can charge from 0 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes. It is capable enough to accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in just 4.9 seconds and can reach an electronically limited speed of 180kmph.
2021 Hyundai Kona
The Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled the 2021 Kona EV. It is expected to launch by the second half of this year. The electric SUV comes with subtle tweaks like a new grille, headlamps and taillights. It is also 40mm longer than the outgoing model. The 2021 model of the SUV will get a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument console. It will also get an options 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with latest smartphone connectivity options and Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car technology.
The long-range version of the SUV will be powered by a 64kWh battery pack, which employs an electric motor that produces power and torque outputs of 204PS and 395Nm. It can accelerate to 100kmph in 7.9 seconds and is capable of offering a class-leading range of 484kms. The entry-level variants of the electric SUV are powered by a 39.2kWh battery pack, which churns out 136 PS of peak power and 395 Nm of twisting force. It can achieve triple-digit speeds in 9.9 seconds and a range of 305kms. The long-range version of the car provides a top speed of 167kmph and the standard version offer 155kmph.