With BS6-emission norms coming into effect, it’s evident that the Indian auto industry is drifting towards greener, environment-friendly mobility. Given the speed of environmental degradation over the past few decades, this is indeed a very welcome move, the one that points us in the right direction. But while we enter the BS-6 era, we are still away from reaching the ‘Zero Emission’ standards set by the electric vehicles. It is perceptible that in a few decades EVs would take over the plant- ceasing internal combustion engines from existence and replacing conventional fuel pumps by charging stations. Admittedly, they have slowly started to trickle down into showrooms, and manufacturers are already offering a few options to choose from. The EV invasion is on, and here are a few electric vehicles money can buy today.
The e-KUV100 is currently the most affordable electric car in India. That proportionately translates to the smallest battery capacity of 15.9kWh and a claimed range of 145km. It looks identical to the petrol-powered KUV 100 NXT, except a few blue accents and badging that differentiate the two. The motor produces 53bhp and 120Nm of torque, and the battery takes six hours to charge fully through an AC quick charger. Buyers are sure to appreciate the pre-cooling feature and connected infotainment system. Prices begin at Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Tata Tigor EV
Tata’s first electric car was initially offered only for commercial use, however the updated model gets a better driving range and was made available to the masses. It’s powered by a 21.5kWh battery that gives it a range of 213 km, while the motor produces 40bhp and 105Nm of torque. AC quick charging takes around 11 hours from empty, while a DC fast charging would top it up to 80 percent in 2 hours. Both the car and the battery come with a 3-year/1,25,000 km warranty coverage. Prices for the updated Tigor EV start from Rs 9.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Tata Nexon EV
Tata’s second EV offering brings a serious proposition to the table. The Nexon EV is India’s safest SUV in an electric avatar- packing in a 30.2kWh battery which gives it a range of 312 km per charge. The motor produces 127bhp and 245 Nm of torque, making it exciting and lively to drive. DC fast charging takes around 60 minutes to give it 80 percent of revitalization, and AC quick charging would do it in 8 hours and 30 minutes. It’s being offered with an 8-year/1,60,000km battery warranty. With a starting price of Rs 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Nexon EV offers a well-rounded package for the EV buyers.
MG ZS EV
One of the most feature-rich EVs currently on sale- the MG ZS EV comes with creature comforts like cruise control, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing front wipers, power-adjustable seats, and driving modes. It’s also backed by a 5-Star NCAP rating. The 44.5kWh ultra-high density battery gives it a range of 340 km, while the motor produces 140bhp and 353Nm of torque. It’s relatively quick to charge too- AC quick charging takes six hours for an 80 percent battery life while 50 minutes of DC fast charging will give it the same amount of juice. It’s also backed by an 8-year/1,50,000 km battery warranty. The ZS EV range starts from Rs 20.88 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Hyundai Kona Electric
India’s first electric SUV which packs in the latest automotive technology- paddle shifters, shift-by-wire automatic transmission, tyre pressure monitoring, one-pedal driving, hill start assist, and ESC. The Hyundai Kona Electric is powered by a 39.2kWh battery that gives it a 452 km driving range, and the motor puts out 135bhp and 394Nm of torque. Around 6 hours to charge it normally via an AC fast charger and 57 minutes of DC quick charging for 80 percent of battery power. It comes with an 8-year/1,60,000 km battery warranty and Hyundai’s patented Wonder Warranty which offers owners to select the warranty coverage as per their usage. Prices start from Rs 23.7 lakh (ex-showroom, India)