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The electric car segment in the Indian market is slowly gaining traction. Few companies such as MG Motor, Hyundai and Tata Motors have already introduced electric cars in the market, which have been received well.
The financial year 2020-21 was expected to see a steady rise in the number of electric cars in the country. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, most manufacturers were forced to defer the launches.
Now, with the lockdown regulations easing up and operations and businesses having restarted, many manufacturers are looking at new timelines to introduce their electric cars in the country. Having said that, here are the top-10 electric cars which are expected to make their entry to the Indian market, before the end of this financial year.
Maruti WagonR Electric
Maruti Suzuki confirmed the arrival of the electric WagonR in the Indian market last year. The new electric WagonR has been spied testing on multiple occasions in the country, with a launch expected in early-2021.
Maruti hasn't revealed any details of the new WagonR electric. Although, the new electric hatchback is said to be based on the third-generation WagonR currently on sale in the Indian market. The new Maruti WagonR once launched will be offered with both standard and fast-charging capabilities and could come with a range of around 150km on a single charge.
Renault Kwid Electric
The Renault Kwid electric was showcased in India for the first time at the 2020 Auto Expo, held in February this year. The Kwid electric will be the first all-electric car from the French brand in the Indian market. A specific timeline for its launch is yet to be announced, however, we do expect it to be introduced around the same time as the WagonR electric.
The Renault Kwid electric comes powered by a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It produces around 40bhp from its electric motor and claims to offer around close to 250km on a single charge.
The Mahindra eXUV300 was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, alongside the launch of the eKUV100. The Mahindra eXUV300 was expected to go on sale sometime early next year, however, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch plans could have been deferred to mid-2021.
The Mahindra eXUV300 comes powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack mated to an electric motor, producing 130bhp. With 300km of range on a single charge, the Mahindra eXUV300 is a direct rival to the Tata Nexon EV in the country.
Mahindra Atom Quadricycle
The Mahindra Atom Quadricycle was spotted testing in the country recently for the first time. Showcased as a concept at the 2020 Auto Expo, alongside other electric car models. The Mahindra Atom electric quadricycle will be introduced as a commercial vehicle for last-mile connectivity.
The Mahindra Atom quadricycle will come with a 48kW electric powertrain. The Mahindra Atom once launched in India will be an alternative to the Bajaj Qute quadricycle, which is powered by an IC engine.
Kia Soul EV
Kia Motors will be introducing their popular Soul EV in the Indian market, sometime late-2020 or early-2021. The Kia Soul EV could be the fourth model to be introduced from the brand, post the launch of the upcoming Sonet SUV.
The Kia Soul EV will be powered by a 64kW battery pack, mated to an electric motor producing 204bhp and 395Nm of peak torque. The electric hatchback from Kia Motors claims a top speed of 170km/h and a charging time of just an hour using its DC fast-charging technology.
Nissan Leaf EV
There has been much said about the arrival of the Nissan Leaf EV in the Indian market. The Nissan Leaf EV has been in the news since 2018, however, an actual launch could be seen only in 2021.
The Nissan Leaf EV is one of the most popular electric cars in many global markets across the world. The EV comes powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack, producing 105bhp and 320Nm of peak torque from its electric motor. Once launched in India, the Nissan Leaf EV will go up against the likes of the Hyundai Kona EV.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the brand's first all-electric model in its lineup. The electric SUV is based on the current-generation XC40 entry-level SUV in their lineup. The Swedish brand is interested in bringing the electric SUV to the Indian market as well, however, a specific timeline is yet to be announced.
The battery pack and the electric motor o the Volvo XC40 Recharge is said to offer the SUV a maximum range of over 400km on a single charge. The electric powertrain on the XC40 Recharge is also said to produce 402bhp and 659Nm of torque as well.
Mercedes-Benz had confirmed the launch of its first all-electric SUV, the EQC in the Indian market in mid-2020. However, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, the launch has now been postponed to 2021.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC will be the first premium all-electric SUV in the Indian market. It will rival the likes of the upcoming Audi e-Tron in the country. The electric SUV is said to be powered by a large 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack, producing 408bhp and 700Nm of peak torque and is said to offer a range of close to 500km on a single charge.
The Audi e-Tron electric SUV was showcased in India last year and was initially scheduled to go on sale by mid-2020. However, reports do suggest that the launch has been slightly postponed till the year-end.
The Audi e-Tron will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQC once launched in India. The electric SUV comes powered by two electric motors, one for each axle. The combined power output of the two electric motors is said to be around 408bhp and 660Nm of peak torque, with a range of around 450km on a single charge.
The Porsche Taycan is an electric sports car, expected to go on sale in India by late-2020. The Taycan will be offered in both variants: Turbo and Turbo S.
The Porsche Taycan will come powered by a 94kWh lithium-ion battery pack, mated to two electric motors producing a total of 614bhp. The Taycan claims to be able to sprint from 0 - 100km/h in 2.8 seconds while reaching a top speed of 260km/h.
Thoughts About The Upcoming Electric Cars In India
These are just the ten most anticipated cars set to enter the Indian market. There are still many other electric vehicles from other brands who could introduce models in the segment as well.