In coming electric is going to be the future of mobility and many manufacturers in the country have already started investing in developing electric vehicles. Mahindra is one such manufacturer who started working on electric vehicles way before any other Indian manufacturer did. Mahindra had launched electric cars like Reva, E20, E-Verito in the past. Mahindra is now planning to launch new electric car based on KUV100. The electric version of the KUV100 will be known as e-KUV and Mahindra Electric is all set to roll out the electric KUV in the first quarter of the financial year 2020-21 (between April and June 2020). Mr. Goenka has confirmed that the electric KUV100 will be priced under Rs 9 lakh.
The e-KUV has been spotted testing on our roads a few times. The electric version of the car will look similar to the regular KUV100. Talking to the media Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said,
With BS6 emission norms kicking in, the prices of IC-powered vehicles will become expensive. Next couple of years, the thrust for EVs will be on shared mobility. 35 percent of miles driven in 2030 shall be on shared mobility and half of it should be on EVs
Price is going to be the major factor that Mahindra will have to keep in check when they launch electric KUV100. One of the latest entrant in the electric car segment is Hyundai Kona which is priced at Rs 25.3 lakh, ex-showroom. Other electric cars that will soon launch in the market are MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV. These cars are also expected to be priced at somewhere around 15-20 lakh bracket. Maruti is also working on a electric version of their WagonR hatchback and was recently caught testing.
Mr. Goenka also said.”We are delighted to cross the milestone of 1000 Mahindra EVs and 100 million e-kms with Lithium. Going forward, Mahindra’s expanding portfolio of EVs in both three-wheeler and four-wheeler across multiple price points will transform the way India travels”.
Mahindra E2O and E2O Plus have been discontinued and when launched e-KUV is likely to become Mahindra’s most affordable electric vehicle. There is no confirmation regarding the range of the vehicle but, is expected to get a range of 140 kms when fully charged. Mahindra will be showcasing the entire range of electric vehicles including the e-KUV at the upcoming Auto Expo next month.