It is raining electric SUVs in India! Or at least the promise of them. Apart from Suzuki-Toyota and Hyundai, now Mahindra has confirmed that it will launch an electric SUV in India next year. On the sidelines of the Mahindra Marazzo name reveal, Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra and Mahindra confirmed this. He said that the yet to be named Mahindra electric SUV will be launched in the first half of 2019. While he didn’t divulge this, we believe the new Mahindra electric SUV will be based on the KUV 100NXT.
The Mahindra KUV100 electric SUV will come with an all-new powertrain. It will be a bigger unit than the one used in the Mahindra e-Verito or the e2o Plus. Mahindra has been at the forefront of electric technology in India. Currently, the company produces and sells the e-Verito and the e2o Plus in the private vehicle segment. Mahindra also sells the Supro e-vehicle in the commercial segment. The company acquired Reva electric and renamed it as Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited. This electric arm is expected to lead the charge in the electrified car revolution in India. It is based out of South India and has been making in roads in the electric vehicle segment.
History of Mahindra electric SUV
Mahindra and Mahindra first showcased the XUV Aero Concept at the Auto Expo 2016. At that time, the company said that it will produce the vehicle based on customer reaction. However, it seems customers wanted a higher range. Now Mahindra Electric Mobility is working on building a 350km range battery for the XUV. At the 2018 Auto Expo, the company displayed the electric KUV100 called the e-KUV100. It looked production ready. Mahindra says that the KUV100 electric will run 140km on a single charge. With the optional fast charger, one can charge the vehicle up to 80 per cent of its capability in an hour. The e-KUV100 will have smart phone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling, location tracking and even monitor the driving pattern and battery status.
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