The electrics are coming. Barely a day goes without one or the other announcement about a new electric vehicle for the Indian market. We’ve consolidated a list of 10 new electric cars and SUVs that are likely to be launched here over the next couple of years. While some are certainties, others are rumours that could soon solidify into actual products.
Mahindra KUV100 Electric
The KUV100 micro crossover could get an electric variant very soon and the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo is likely to be the big ticket event where Mahindra shows the KUV EV. Since it’s a monocoque vehicle, weight will be manageable. An actual launch is expected to happen sometime later next year.
Mahindra Scorpio Electric
The best-selling Scorpio will go electric soon, with a launch slated for 2019. It’ll be the second of Mahindra’s existing range of petrol/diesel vehicles to migrate to electric power. It is also likely to be India’s first mainstream SUV to hit the EV button.
Hyundai Electric Sedan
Hyundai will showcase a new electric sedan at the 2018 Auto Expo, and it’s highly likely that the Ioniq EV will make the cut. The Ioniq EV is already available in markets abroad. While there’s been talk about Hyundai bringing the Ioniq Hybrid to India, the equation has now changed. The EV will be a better choice, and Hyundai’s clearly indicated that it’ll go the electric way.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai is planning another electric vehicle for India, and this time it’s an SUV. Showed as a concept a few months, the production version is expected to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. An impressive battery range of 400 kilometers is on the cards.
Ford Figo Aspire Electric
Mahindra has tied up with Ford to explore opportunities in the EV space. The Indian automaker is expected to use the American car giant’s Ka platform for electrification. The Figo Aspire is likely to be first Mahindra-Ford electric car for the Indian market.
Ford Figo Electric
With the Figo sharing its platform with the Aspire, it’s more or less certain that it’ll also benefit from electric power that Mahindra plans to develop for the Ka platform-based cars. Specific details about the electric powertrain are expected to be revealed sometime next year.
Tata Tiago Electric
Tata showcased the Tiago Electric in the UK, and the car is eventually expected to land into India. It’s road ready. Given how successful the Tiago has been for Tata Motors, an EV variant is just the right option considering how mass electrification of regular cars is likely to sweep India.
Tata Nano Electric
Jayem Auto of Coimbatore has developed an electric hatchback called the Neo. The Neo EV is based on the Nano, and eventually Tata Motors is likely to use the electric powertrain for a Nano EV. The Nano has always been sold as a city car, and an electric option will fit just right.
Tata Tigor Electric
Tata has won the contract to supply 7,000 electric cars to the Indian government-run EESL, and the Tigor Sedan is road-ready. The Tigor Electric could eventually be offered to private car buyers as well, and Guenter Butschek, the MD of Tata Motors, recently indicated just that.
Renault Kwid Electric
Carlos Ghosn recently test-drove the Kwid Electric, initially meant for the Chinese market. Mr. Ghosn also remarked that India and Brazil will be the other markets where the Kwid Electric could be sold. Don’t expect it to be here before 2020 though.