Mahindra and Mahindra showcased a couple of interesting concept cars in their pavilion at the Auto Expo last year. One of them was the electric version of the micro SUV KUV100. Mahindra calls it the e-KUV100. Mahindra has now confirmed that they will be launching the e-KUV100 in the mid-2019.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra made this announcement about this upcoming electric vehicle at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. As per Mahindra, e-KUV100 when launched will become India’s first electric SUV. This electric vehicle is likely to hit dealerships in the next six months.
The new e-KUV100 will use a 30 Kw electric motor which will draw power from a Lithium-ion battery pack. The upcoming electric KUV100 is expected to have a driving range of 140 Km. It is expected to offer fast charging as an option which will allow it to charge 80 percent of battery in less than an hour.
Talking to media about future plans, Mr. Goenka said,
In the short run we are converting our current vehicles to EVs. So we already have e-Verito and we will be launching e-KUV in about six months time and one year after that we will launch electric XUV300. Post that, we are looking at doing platform ground up for electric vehicles.
Mahindra also said that the upcoming EV will be equipped with features like cabin pre-cooling, location tracking, remote diagnostics and more. The upcoming EV is also expected to monitor the driving patterns. Coming to the price of the e-KUV, it is expected to be priced above the petrol and diesel variants of the KUV100.
Government has now plans to provide subsidies to the buyers who plan to buy an EV. With that scheme in place buyers are likely to be more attracted towards the electric version than the petrol and diesel variant. Many other manufacturers also plant o launch electric vehicles in the Indian market soon. One such manufacturer is Maruti Suzuki. They will be launching the electric variant of their WagonR hatchback soon. Testing prcoess of the WagonR EV has already begun and has been spotted on Indian roads frequently. The WagonR EV is expected to arrive at a price tag of under Rs. 10 lakhs.