Mahindra showcased the production-ready eKUV100 at the Auto Expo 2020, and is planning to begin deliveries in the coming month, subject to the lockdown guidelines issued by the government. With prices beginning from Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the eKUV100 is currently the most affordable electric vehicle on sale in India.
The eKUV100 comes equipped with a 40kW motor, that puts out 53bhp and 120Nm of torque through the front wheels. Looks identical to its petrol-powered counterpart, except the addition of a few ‘electric’ touches all around- like the blue accents inside the headlamp and taillamp units, absence of a conventional grille, positive and negative terminal denotations on the boot lid, and the EV badging all around.
The 15.9kWh battery pack sits under the floor and takes around 6 hours to charge the battery normally, while a fast charger gives it 80 percent of juice in 50 minutes. The claimed range is around 145kms, and while that’s not class-leading, it should suffice 3 days of in-city usage. And that’s where the eKUV100 is target towards- city dwellers looking for an inexpensive EV for their daily commute. It’s being offered with features like a connected infotainment system, pre-cooling feature, remote locking, and location tracking as well.