Top 5 Upcoming Electric Cars From Maruti, Kia, Tata, Mahindra, Renault In 2020
As fas as Indian market concern, it has only four fully electric vehicles on sale currently, but things could possibly change with a range of EVs expected to launch in the near future.
With the growing shift towards electric mobility across the entire globe, manufacturers want a piece of the pie
So, all of them are either currently developing or enhancing their respective EV platforms, or are soon going to launch their own EVs.
Coming to the Indian market, it is one of the biggest automobile industries, many new EVs would be brought here in the near future.
Let’s go through a list of five of the most highly anticipated fully electric cars in the Indian market.
1. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV
Maruti is considering launching a fully-electric version of the Wagon R in the country.
Further, the company sent off 50 Japanese-spec Wagon R EVs from its Gurugram facility in various parts of the country in October of 2018, to be tested in different weathers and terrains.
Upon the launch, the Wagon R EV could be priced under the Rs 10 lakh mark, thus making it one of the most affordable electric cars in the country.
2. Tata Altroz EV
After launching the fully electric versions of Tigor and Nexon, now the manufacturer is working on launching an EV based on another car i.e. the Altroz hatchback.
Earlier, Tata showcased the production-spec car at the 2020 Auto Expo in February, and a launch is expected in early 2021.
So far, Tata hasn’t revealed the specifications of the Altroz EV, but we do know that it will be borrowing the majority of its traits from the donor car.
As per the reports, the Altroz EV will become the first fully-electric premium hatchback in the Indian market upon its arrival.
3. Renault Kwid EV
Renault already retails a fully-electric version of the Kwid hatchback in the Chinese market, which is dubbed the City KZ-E.
So, if they bring this EV to India, it could go on to become the most affordable electric vehicle in the Indian market.
As, the company did showcase the City K-ZE at the 2020 Auto Expo, which means that the carmaker did want to gauge the public response towards the car.
Talking about the specifications, the car came with a 26.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, and with a driving range of 271 km.
Although, Renault India could tone that down a bit to keep the price in check.
Additionally, if launched at a reasonable price, the Renault Kwid EV could be a real game-changer.
4. Mahindra XUV300 Electric
Currently, Mahindra & Mahindra is working on bringing a fully electric version of the XUV300 sub-4m SUV, which will directly rival the Tata Nexon EV in the Indian market.
Although, we expect the XUV300 Electric to be launched only by the end of next year.
Further, the XUV300 EV will likely offer a range of at least 350 km on a single charge and will be capable of fast charging.
For design, the electric SUV to feature some distinctive styling elements over its ICE counterpart, including a covered grille, new alloy wheels as well as some blue touches here and there.
The XUV300 Electric could be priced around the Rs 15 lakh mark.
5. Kia Soul EV
So far, Kia Motors has shown a wonderful performance in the Indian market entering with the game-changing mid-size SUV Seltos and then following up with the luxurious Carnival MPV.
Currently, the carmaker is considering bringing its Soul EV to the Indian market, after the sub-4m SUV Sonet is launched this year.
Further, Manohar Bhat, VP Head- Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India confirmed while talking to a different publication that the carmaker is considering bringing the ICE version of the Soul to the country.
Although, its electric version isn’t planned for a launch here just now, but could definitely follow if the demand is right.
Moreover, Soul is one of the most popular Kia cars, especially in the North American market.
Considering the electric version, the Soul EV shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Kona electric, and hence making it easier to bring the car to the Indian market.