Electric cars are the future of mobility. As of now, India’s infrastructure is not ready for electric vehicles. But still, that is not stopping the manufacturers from introducing new electric cars for the Indian market. With SUVs being the rage, the carmakers are developing their electric vehicles in SUV avtar. Currently, there are 3 electric SUVs that you can buy right now while there are more upcoming.
The electric SUVs that are currently on sale are:
Tata Nexon EV
Tata Nexon has been a good seller in the Indian market and Tata has taken advantage of that and converted the SUV to electric power using their new Ziptron technology. Tata Nexon EV comes with 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery that produces a max power output of 127 Bhp and a peak torque output of 245 Nm. Because of being electric, all that torque is available as soon as you step on the throttle.
The claimed range from the Nexon EV is 312 km and you should be able to squeeze out at least 200km from that battery. The battery can be charged up to 80% via a DC fast charger in just an hour while it will take up to 8 hours to fully charge the SUV through the 3.3 kW AC fast charger. Tata Nexon EVs price starts from Rs. 13.99 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 15.99 lakh.
MG e-ZS EV
After the success of the Hector, MG decided to launch its second vehicle for the Indian market and it is an electric SUV. The MG ZS EV starts from Rs. 20.88 lakh while the top variant retails for around Rs. 23.58 lakh.
MG ZS EV comes with a 44.5 kWh battery that has a claimed range of 340 km and it should return a real-world range of 260 km. The battery is capable of charging from 0-80 per cent in 50 minutes through a fast charger. The electric SUV produces a max power output of 143 hp and a peak torque output of 353 Nm.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric was the first fully electric SUV of India when it was launched last year. Hyundai priced the SUV at Rs 23.72 lakhs and 39.2 kWh battery. The claimed range from the battery is 452 km while in the real-world scenarios you can expect a range of around 300 km. The max power output produced from the electric motors is 134 bhp and a peak torque output is 395 Nm. The battery can be fully charged in 6 hours and 10 minutes through a 7.2 kW AC wall charger that Hyundai provides.
The Upcoming Electric SUVs
Mahindra has been working on its electric SUVs for quite some time now and they have assured that their SUVs will be competitively priced. As of now, there are 2 upcoming electric SUVs in the market
Mahindra first showcased the eKUV100 at the Auto Expo 2018 and promised that the car would go in production. Well, the manufacturer fulfilled their promise and launched the eKUV100 at the Auto Expo 2020. As of now, the eKUV100 is available only for the commercial buyers at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 8.25 lakhs which makes it India’s most affordable electric passenger vehicle. The small SUV is powered by a 15.9 kWh battery pack which can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 55 minutes using a fast-charging facility. Mahindra eKUV100 produces a max power output of 54 hp and a peak torque output of 120 Nm and has a claimed range of 120 km.
Mahindra eXUV 300
Mahindra showcased the eXUV 300 at the Auto Expo 2020 but we do not expect that the production version of the SUV will look like that. As of now, there is not much information available about eXUV 300. However, the electric SUV will be the first long-range vehicle from the manufacturer and will be launched in 2021. The range of the eXUV 300 should be around 350 km and the price should be around Rs. 15 lakhs as it will be competing against the Tata Nexon EV. It should boast some of the design cues from the concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020.
Out of the current crop, Tata Nexon electric SUV offers the best combination of practicality, range and price. For those who don’t mind spending more, Hyundai Kona a is the most sophisticated of the lot.