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    Electric Vehicle models expected to launch in India

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Dec 30 2017

    Rising pollution levels are threatening the very existence of planet Earth. Climate changes and scary global warming levels are forcing the nations to take immediate measures to cut down air pollution levels. The most effective and fast way of curbing air pollution is having a sustainable and emission free transport system. The global auto industry is moving fast to adopt the future zero-emission mobility system. The Indian government also has a vision of an all-electric auto industry by 2030, and homegrown and global automakers have started showing interest in the same.

    Rising pollution levels are threatening the very existence of planet Earth. Climate changes and scary global warming levels are forcing the nations to take immediate measures to cut down air pollution levels. The most effective and fast way of curbing air pollution is having a sustainable and emission free transport system. The global auto industry is moving fast to adopt the future zero-emission mobility system. The Indian government also has a vision of an all-electric auto industry by 2030, and homegrown and global automakers have started showing interest in the same.

    Currently, Indian auto major Mahindra & Mahindra is the only company to offer EV (Electric Vehicles) models, while fellow auto giant Tata Motors will follow suit very soon. Let’s take a look at some of the expected electric car models in India.

     

    1. Mahindra KUV100 EV

    Mahindra already sells the e2o and the e-Verito EVs in India. The homegrown SUV master is now bracing up to launch the electrified version of its micro-SUV KUV100. M&M has promised to offer two EV models by 2019, one of which is the KUV100 EV, which has already started testing and is expected to debut at 2018 Auto Expo and launch soon after. 

     

    2. Mahindra XUV500 EV

    The other EV model to come from Mahindra is expected to be the battery powered version of the popular XUV500 premium SUV. The XUV500 is also expected to offer the highest range among all Mahindra EVs (currently, the e-Verito sedan offers range of up to 180 km per charge).

     

    3. Tata Tigor EV

    Mahindra’s fellow Indian auto giant Tata Motors is also getting geared up to launch its EVs in the home market. Tata Motors made the winning bid to bag the 10,000 EVs from the Energy Efficiency Services Limited, recently. The company will offer the Tata Tigor EV models under this contract. The electric sedan would offer over 130km range and is likely to be offered in the mass market of India by end of 2018.

     

    4. Tata Tiago EV

    While the Tigor EV is coming, its hatchback twin Tiago is also naturally going to follow. Tata has already unveiled the all-electric Tiago in UK earlier this year. It will get an 85kW electric motor that generates 200Nm of torque and offer a top speed of 135 kmph. The Tiago EV will be much lighter than its regular fuel sipping version, and will be quicker as well. The Tata Tiago EV is expected to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and launch later within 2018.

     

    5. Small Toyota EV

    Very recently, Toyota and Suzuki have joined hands to develop EVs in India. The models will be manufactured at the Suzuki facilities, while Toyota will offer the technical expertise. The details of the upcoming mini Toyota EV are still scare and is likely to come by 2020.

     

    6. Renault Kwid EV

    Renault is going to launch its Kwid based EV for China and has already said that if it works in that market, it might well export the same to other markets including India. The Kwid is a highly successful mini hatchback in India, and its electric avatar is likely to launch in Indian by 2022.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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