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The electric vehicle segment in India has over the course of the past couple of years grown rapidly, with the introduction of more and more offerings. The electric four-wheeler market now has a number of offerings in the country, which is only set to grow with the arrival of the new year.
Many manufacturers have already announced their plans to introduce EVs in the Indian market in 2021. There are also a few whose plans to introduce EVs in India were pushed to the next year, due to the global pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
The year 2021 seems to be gearing up to witness a good number of carmakers entering the Indian EV segment, either via all-new models or an electric version of an already existing model. Here is are our pick of the top-seven electric cars which are expected to go on sale in India in 2021.
Maruti WagonR Electric
The Maruti WagonR Electric has been one of the most-anticipated entry-level EV models in India for quite a while now. The electric WagonR has been spotted undergoing testing for quite a while now and is said to be Maruti Suzuki' first fully-electric offering in the country.
While Maruti Suzuki is yet to announce an official timeline for the launch of its electric hatchback, we expect it to go on sale somewhere in the second-half of the year (September 2021). Prices for the Maruti Suzuki WagonR electric could start from around Rs 8 lakh, ex-showroom.
The Mahindra eKUV100 was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, earlier this year. Mahindra even announced the prices for the electric SUV, which at Rs 8.25 lakh, ex-showroom will be the most affordable EV in the country.
The eKUV100 comes with a similar design as its conventional IC-engine powered SUV. The Mahindra eKUV100 is scheduled to go on sale sometime in early-2021, probably within the first three months. Once introduced in India, it will rival the likes of the Tata Nexon EV.
Renault Kwid Electric
The electric hatchback from the French carmaker is currently sold exclusively in China as the K-ZE. The Kwid electric will go on sale in Europe sometime in the first half of 2021, before making its way to India later during the year.
The Renault Kwid electric will be the first fully-electric offering from the brand in the Indian market. The Kwid electric comes powered by a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack offering 270km of range on a single charge. Once introduced in India, the Renault Kwid electric will rival the Maruti Suzuki WagonR electric.
Tata Altroz EV
The Tata Altroz EV was first showcased by the brand 2020 Auto Expo. The Altroz EV as the name suggests is the fully-electric version of the brand's first premium hatchback which went on sale recently. The new Tata Altroz EV is confirmed to go on sale in 2021, however, an exact timeline for its launch is yet to be revealed.
Once launched in India, the Tata Altroz EV could carry forward the same electric powertrain as the brand's Nexon EV offering. Pricing, however, could be slightly lower than the Nexon EV, with an expected range of Rs 10 - 12 lakh, ex-showroom.
Jaguar has also announced the launch for its first fully-electric SUV in India, with the I-Pace. The bookings for the new Jaguar i-Pace has already begun, with the British marquee confirming the launch of the electric SUV in March 2021.
The new Jaguar i-Pace will rival the likes of the recently introduced Mercedes-Benz EQC and the upcoming Audi e-Tron SUV offerings. The I-Pace electric SUV comes with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack producing over 395bhp and offering a maximum claimed range of 470km on a single charge.
Rivalling the Jaguar I-Pace is the Audi e-Tron SUV. The e-Tron was scheduled to go on sale earlier this year. However, the launch had to be pushed to 2021, considering the global pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.
The new Audi e-Tron will be powered by a 95kWh lithium-ion battery pack, offering a range of 436km on a single charge. Prices for the new Audi e-Tron will be similar to its competitors in the segment, in the range of Rs 1 crore, ex-showroom.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla is all set to finally enter the Indian market. The American electric vehicle manufacturer is slated to begin its India operations with the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 electric car is said to go on sale sometime in mid-2021, with bookings for the same scheduled to start early next year.
Recently there were reports of the brand setting up an R&D facility in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The company is said to sell its cars directly to customers, without any dealers. Once launched in India, the Tesla Model 3 is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 60 lakh, ex-showroom.
Thoughts On The Upcoming Electric Cars In India In 2021
The electric vehicle segment is all set to get a major boost in 2021. With so many new electric cars scheduled to go on sale next year, we could also see the rapid rise in the development of the charging infrastructure as well.