It’s no brainer now that the future of mobility is electric. The transition to electric flexibility is one of the most optimistic steps to decarbonize the transportation sector. India is trying to push the sales of EVs by providing various incentives and tax benefits, yet the charging infrastructure comes as the biggest hurdle. Every new technology takes time to penetrate itself in the market, and with EVs, Indians are little sceptical about choosing electric mobility. With the year-end approaching, discounts on new vehicle purchases are rising. People now prefer to travel in their own car with all safety and comfort since the pandemic. But, with the sky-rocketing fuel prices and increasing pollution, new buyers are confused about buying an battery car or an ICE (internal combustion engine) car.
Electric cars have immense potential, which is extremely hard to ignore. Most importantly, it has zero tailpipe emission, and they hardly cause any noise pollution. Truth be told, Carbon emission is not zero in EVs, but it is comparatively less than conventional ICE cars. Unlike ICE cars, EVs don’t have high maintenance. There is an only upfront cost on the initial investment of buying a car. The running cost per kilometre is so low that it eventually becomes an overall better investment. Though power rates may vary from state to state, the cost per kilometre won’t be as expensive as an ICE car. EVs have dual benefits; not only is it cheap to run, but it is even cheaper to maintain because of more minor frictional parts in them. And Yes! There is instant torque available which makes it even more fun-to-drive.
The Indian government is also taking viable steps by providing various incentives and tax benefits to purchase EVs. The state government is also further developing its own incentive schemes to increase the demand for EV sales. The government’s FAME 2 scheme provides direct incentives of Rs10,000 per KWh of battery capacity up to 1.5lakh on purchase of an electric car. The GST rate on EVs now brought down to only 5 per cent from 12 per cent. To add more, some states like Delhi provide complete exemption on road tax and registration fees to purchase a new car. Going further, the first time buyer who availed a loan to buy an electric car can now get a tax benefit of up to Rs1.5 lakh under section 80EEB of the Income-tax Act.
There isn’t any perfect time to get yourself a new car, and if you are looking to get yourself an electric car, here are our favourite picks
MG ZS EV
MG debuted in the Indian market in 2019, and since then, it has been among favourites for young consumers who prefer a combination of style and technology. The ZS EV gets a 44.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with an updated claim range of about a respectable 419km. The power figure on the ZS EV stands out to be around 142 hp and 353 Nm. The car can charge up to 80 per cent in an hour if plugged onto a fast DC charging station. At the same time, it takes around 6-8 hours to charge with a 7.3kW AC charger fully. The price of MG ZS EV starts from 20.99lakh and goes up to 24.68 lakh.
Tata Nexon EV
Indian homegrown brand Tata is very serious about electrification plans. It has brought the Nexon compact SUV in an all-electric version as Nexon EV. It gets a 30.2 kWh, IP67 certified lithium-ion battery pack, which produces around 129 hp with 312km of ARAI claimed efficiency. The charging time of a Nexon EV, when plugged into a 15A electric socket, is around 10 hours. With fast chargers, the battery can be charged from 0-80 per cent in 60 minutes. After Tigor EV, it is currently one the most affordable EV with a price tag of around 15 lakhs.
Though the first batch of German’s luxury electric SUV got completely sold out on the launch day itself, one can book the SUV once the booking re-open in the first quarter of 2022. The BMW iX xDrive40 comes with a 76.6 kWh battery that powers the electric motor to deliver 322hp and a peak torque of 620Nm.BMW says that the SUV offers a range of 425 km in a single charge. The 5-seater SUV comes to India as a CBU (completely built unit). It feels and looks completely futuristic. The car was launched in India at around 1.16 crore.
Audi e-Tron GT
Audi e-Tron GT is one of the most spirited electric sports coupe in the country today. It gets a 93kwh lithium-ion battery with a power figure of 475hp and 620Nm, accelerating the car from 0-100 in just 4.1 seconds. It has claimed a top speed of 245 kmph and a range figure of around 500km. Audi claims that a 270kW DC fast charger can charge e-Tron GT from 5-80 per cent in merely 22.5 minutes. The car comes with a price tag of 1.8 crores.
Germans are betting high on EVs in India. EQC gets an 80kWh battery pack that powers two electric motors on each axle. The battery produces power of around 402 hp and torque of 720 Nm. It has claimed a battery range of 450 km when fully charged. A 50kW DC fast charger takes just 1.5 hours to charge the EQC from 10 to 100 per cent. On the other hand, it takes around 10 hours to charge the battery with a 7.4kWh home charger fully. This 5-seater SUV is priced at 1.06 crores.
Hyundai is known for its no-nonsense cars, and its electric Kona is one such car. It gets the ARAI claimed range of 452 km. Even if the range drops slightly in real-world scenarios, it is still reasonable. It gets 39.2kWh of a battery pack that generates 134 hp and 394 Nm of torque. It takes just around an hour to charge 80 per cent of the battery when plugged to 50 kW DC fast charge and 19 hours for 100 per cent charge when plugged to 2.8kW portable charger. Hyundai Kona electric costs around 24 lakh.