Electric cars, as you all know, will be taking over the earth. They are the need of the hour or so has been projected by the trade pundits. At present, in India, only Mahindra as well as Tata are making electric cars in the lower side of the spectrum. BMW, Volvo and Toyota have some presence in the luxury segment in India. Apart from this, mainstream makers are yet to adopt this technology or bring out their cars with batteries. However, this is set to change. With the government bringing in FAME II scheme into the picture, electric cars are getting discounts. So, here is a list of electric cars coming our way in 2019-20.
From what we have heard so far, the BMW i3 feasibility study is complete. Customers, of course the elite ones, are more than happy to have one in their garage. The BMW i3S was the model that was being driven around and showcased to potential clientele. It is a sportier version of the regular i3 and boasts a better range too. This one has 177PS and 270Nm from its plug-in heart. The expected BMW i3S price in India will be around Rs 70 lakh, ex-showroom. We expect BMW to launch it in India later this year.
BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid
The facelifted 7 Series will soon be on our shores. BMW will also bring along with it, the 7 Series plug-in hybrid. This will be the range topping 745Le model. It will 6-cylinder petrol engine that makes 286PS and 450Nm. However, when combined with the electric motor, the power output goes up to 394PS and 600Nm. The BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid price in India will likely start from Rs 1.6 crore, ex-showroom. The launch should happen in the next couple of months.
Audi chose to give its Q5-sized SUV an pure electric heart. Wow! This one is also coming down to our market sometime next year. It is likely that Audi is waiting for the infrastructure to build up before launching the product. The 2.5 tonne Audi e-tron is run by a 360PS electric motor, with one of each placed on the axles. The claimed range is a massive 400km. Audi says that 80 per cent charge can be achieved in less than half an hour through a regular household charger. The Audi e-tron price in India should exceed Rs 1 crore.
Mahindra promised us that the KUV100 will get an electric powertrain soon. The eKUV100 will a 40kW motor and a range of less than 150km. While the numbers may not mind boggle you, the everyday practicality as well as the savings accorded will definitely help in the long run. The Mahindra eKUV100 price in India will be less than Rs 10 lakh, on-road. The launch will happen in the next couple of months.
Nissan has also promised that it will be getting its EVs here. What better than the award-winning Leaf hatchback. The said car has been spotted testing multiple times on our soil. It is likely that the 150PS/320Nm 40kWH iteration with a 240km range could be introduced. The Nissan Leaf price in India could be Rs 30 lakh, ex-showroom.
Tata Altroz EV
The Tata Altroz was welcomed at the Geneva Motor Show a few months back. Along with it, the EV version was also showcased. The Tata Altroz EV will have fast charging option and should go upto 300km on a single charge. We expect the Tata Altroz EV to retail for Rs 10 lakh on-road when it goes on sale early next year.
Maruti WagonR EV
The WagonR EV, earlier this year, has already begun its test rounds. More than 100 test mules are being sent out daily for testing on public roads. Maruti is aiming at a price of Rs 10-12 lakhs for the WagonR EV. A realistic range of 150km can be expected from the WagonR EV. It goes on sale by mid next year.
Hyundai Kona EV
Hyundai at the Auto Expo 2018 announced that it will also field its electric vehicle by 2019. The time has come and the Hyundai Kona EV is the car that will be the Korean carmaker’s first entry into India. The car will go on sale here by July 2019 and will feature a Rs 25 lakh price tag. The 136PS electric motor will give the car a range of 150km and a fast charger too will be provided.
Renault Kwid K-ZE
The Kwid will now get an electric cousin. Yes, the Renault Kwid K-ZE was unveiled a couple of months ago. It will be first sold in the Chinese market and thereafter sales in other parts of the world will begin. Renault India is looking to bring the K-ZE to the Indian market as well. Our guess is sometime later this year. The estimated price tag will be Rs 8 lakh, ex-showroom. This Kwid K-ZE lays claim to a 250km range on a single charge.
MG which will launch its first product in the Indian market in June 2019 will also have an electric SUV by the end of this year. The MG e-ZS price in India will be around Rs 30 lakh and it will take on the Hyundai Kona EV. Expect a 200km range from this 145PS electric motor.
Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid
Right from 2016, Volvo has announced plans of getting rid of conventional powertrains. While full electric vehicles from the maker may be a tad away at the moment, Volvo isn’t shying away from plug-in hybrids. While the headline may say the XC60, there is also the S90 as well as the baby XC40 that will get a plug-in hybrid option. All these cars will be launched in the first half of 2020. Expect a very competitive price tag as Volvo is known for doing it.
Jaguar’s baby electric car has been getting all the rave reviews. No wonder, the Indian arm of JLR wanted to launch the vehicle here, badly. Expect an Auto Expo 2020 debut for this vehicle. It has got a 450km range while the electric powertrain is good for 400PS/700Nm. The Jaguar i-Pace price in India will be around Rs 65 lakh, ex-showroom.
All in all, these are the tentative electric cars coming our way. If the government policies change or some manufacturer manages to make a headway, we might have to do or add a few more head counts. Till then, have a good gaze at these electric cars and let us know which one makes the most sense.