Here’re the upcoming electric cars in India. These electric vehicles are expected to launch in the year 2022 – 2023 .
The electric mobility scene in India has picked up a pace like never before in the last two years, and it is only going to become even better in the coming months. Many car makers have confirmed that they will be bringing in at least one electric vehicle in India before the end of 2022, Check out the comprehensive list of Upcoming Electric Cars in India
Tata Nexon EV Max
To affirm its position as the highest-selling electric vehicle in India, Tata Motors will be bringing a long-range version of the Nexon EV. Named Tata Nexon EV Max, this new long-range version of the EV will be getting a bigger 40 kWh battery, which is speculated to offer a range of around 400 km. Other advancements include a more powerful 136 bhp electric motor, a more powerful 6.6 kW AC charger and new features like ventilated front seats, a new illuminated drive mode selector, electronic parking brake, and disc brakes on all four wheels, an air purifier and cruise control.
Kia has already announced that it will be bringing its flagship electric vehicle, the EV6, to India as a halo product in limited numbers. Around 100 units of Kia EV6 will be brought to India in the first lot for 2022, the bookings for which will open on May 26th. The Kia EV6 is the Korean car maker’s first-ever electric vehicle based on the E-GMP platform shared with its parent car maker, Hyundai. For India, Kia will be bringing only the top-spec dual-motor all-wheel-drive version. While the combined power output from its two electric motors is rated at 325 bhp, the 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery claims a range of 510 km.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Just after the arrival of the Kia EV6 in India, Hyundai will also bring its flagship electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 to the country. Like the EV6, the Ioniq 5 will also be brought to India in a limited number of 100 units and will be offered in the dual-motor all-wheel-drive version. Here also, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 sits on Hyundai’s E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform), while claiming a combined power output of 325 bhp from its dual electric motor setup. This top-spec version will get a 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, which promises a range of 510 km. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was recently in news for winning the coveted International Car Of The Year award for 2022.
Hyundai Kona EV facelift
The Indian car market is yet to receive the globally-facelifted Hyundai Kona EV, which gets a host of visual changes and technological advancements over the previous model which is still on sale in India. However, Hyundai will be bringing this new facelifted version to India to take its competition with the MG ZS EV to a new level. The new Kona EV gets a revised front fascia with the omission of the front grille and redesigned split headlamps, new machined alloy wheels, and restyled LED tail lamps and rear bumper. The cabin is also likely to be spruced up with new features to make it feel afresh. The new version will retain the 136 PS (100 kW) electric motor and a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, the latter of which claims a range of 452 km.
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Tata Altroz EV
Already previewed at the Auto Expo 2020, the Tata Altroz EV is likely to hit the Indian showroom floors before the end of 2022. Like the Nexon EV, the Altroz EV also gets a host of blue highlights on the exterior and interior, which perfectly distinguishes it from the IC engine counterparts of the hatchback. At the time of its launch, the Tata Altroz EV might share the combination of the 129 PS front-mounted electric motor and the 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery with the Nexon EV. The battery is expected to return a claimed range of 312 km.
The Kia EV6 is not the only electric vehicle arriving on the Indian shores on May 26th, for BMW has also confirmed that its i4 fully-electric four-door sedan will be launched in India on the same date. The BMW i4 is likely to come in two variants –
eDrive 40 and M50 xDrive. While the eDrive 40 will have a rear-mounted 340 PS electric motor, the M50 xDrive will have a dual-motor setup with one motor on each wheel, which claims a combined power output of 550 PS. Both these versions of the BMW i4 come bestowed with an 80.7 kWh lithium-ion battery, which claims a range of 590 km in eDrive 40 and 510 km in M50 xDrive.
While the IC-engine versions of the Mahindra KUV100 have proved to be sales duds, Mahindra is hoping to turn the tables of fortunes with its electric version, the eKUV100. The new Mahindra eKUV100 was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and will come in as the most affordable electric vehicle from Mahindra. The version showcased at the Auto Expo had a 55 PS front-mounted electric motor and a 15.9 kWh lithium-ion battery offering a claimed range of around 150 km. However, the production-spec model will come with a more powerful motor and a bigger battery pack for a longer range to offer.
Alongside the eKUV100, Mahindra also showcased the eXUV300 in a concept form, which retained the styling and interior cabin of the IC engine versions of the XUV300, but with subtle tweaks to make it look different and more premium. The eXUV300 was recently spied doing test runs on the Indian roads, which indicates that the electric compact SUV will arrive in the first half of 2023. While the powertrain details of the eXUV300 are unknown for the moment, the eXUV300 will take on the Tata Nexon EV with specifications more or less matching the latter.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo was about to launch the XC40 Recharge at the beginning of 2022, but the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage issue has delayed the original plans. The new XC40 Recharge will now make its Indian debut in the second half of 2022 and will come in its top-spec ‘Recharge Twin’ iteration to the Indian car market. The new Volvo XC40 Recharge, in this range-topping version, will get a dual-motor setup with one electric motor on each axle, which offers a combined power output of 408 bhp. The 78 kWh lithium-ion battery of the XC40 Recharge claims a range of 418 km on the WLTP cycle.
Mercedes Benz EQS
Last but not the least, Mercedes Benz will bring its second all-electric car to the Indian car market after the EQC. And this is not a regular car, but the electric-powered alter-ego of the mighty S-Class, the Mercedes Benz EQS. The EQS is Mercedes Benz’s first model based on the electric-only EVA architecture and will be locally assembled in India. The EQS will be the first model from Mercedes Benz to get the popular ‘Hyperscreen’ layout for its interior in the Indian car market. Currently, the Mercedes Benz EQS is available in two versions – EQS 450+ (334 bhp) and EQS 580 (523 bhp), both of which share the same 107.8 kWh battery that offers a range of up to 770 km.
So these were the upcoming electric cars expected to launch in India by the year 2022-2023.
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