Electric vehicles or EVs are gaining momentum around the world. Due to the pollution and fair usage of the limited resources, the markets around the world are slowly shifting towards electric vehicles. A similar shift is expected to happen in India in the coming years and the manufacturers have already started working on these upcoming vehicles. Since the SUVs have become the new favourite in India, manufacturers are working on the electrified versions of the regular models that will be launched in the Indian market in the coming times. Hyundai launched the all-new and first affordable electric SUV, the Kona in the Indian market and it has received a warm response from the market. Now Indian manufacturers like Tata Motors and Mahindra are working on the next-generation electric SUVs that seem to be quite practical for the Indian conditions.
Tata Motors has been working on an electrified version of the Nexon. The brand confirmed that the all-new car and the first electric car from the manufacturer that will be sold to the public will be launched in 2020. Tata has also confirmed that the vehicle will come with a price tag of around Rs 15-17 lakhs, which makes it much cheaper than the Hyundai Kona EV, which is the first affordable electric SUV in the Indian market and is priced at Rs 23.71 lakhs, ex-showroom. While a sub-4m compact SUV like Nexon seems to be quite expensive for Rs 15 lakhs, it should be noted that electric vehicles are expensive but they are extremely affordable during the ownership and is very pocket-friendly when it comes to the maintenance.
Mahindra, who became the first major Indian manufacturer to sell the electric vehicles in the Indian market is also working on the electrified version of the XUV300. The XUV300 is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo but the launch will happen by late 2020 or early 2021. The Mahindra XUV300 will be a part of the bigger electric vehicle line-up from Mahindra-Ford JV, which will have vehicles like the eKUV and Ford Aspire based EV. Even the Mahindra XUV300 EV is expected to get a price of around the same 15-17 lakhs bracket.
Both these vehicles are quite popular in the market for various reasons. They are quite practical and offer a commendable ground clearance and a commanding view of the road. Since they are both pure electric vehicles, the most important aspect of them is the range. The Mahindra XUV300 EV and the Tata Nexon EV will offer around 300 km of range on a single charge, which seems sufficient for the general commuters who use the vehicles daily to reach their workplace. Also, both the vehicles will come with features like fast charging, which will further make them more practical on the Indian roads since there is currently a lack of proper charging infrastructure in India.