6 Upcoming Electric Cars
Electric cars are starting to become the norm these days. After all, almost every mainstream manufacturer either has one in its product line-up or in the pipeline. This is mostly due to the fact that almost every manufacturer wants to contribute towards making this world a better place by reducing their carbon footprint. And what better way to do this other than making an electric vehicle?
So, therefore, we can expect a lot of electric vehicles to hit the Indian market down the road. Having said that, we do have a list of cars that are potentially in the pipeline for making their way to the Indian market by 2021 or 2022. So, here goes.
1. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is, as the name rightly suggests, based on the standard Volvo XC40, but it does get a handful of changes to separate itself from its petrol-powered sibling. It now gets an all-new grille and a new infotainment system on the inside. But the biggest change lies under the hood, as the car now comes powered by a set of electric motors mounted on each axle, with a combined output of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque.
A 78kWh battery is placed under the floor, which, according to the carmaker can be charged up to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes thanks to fast-charging support. It is expected to make its way to the Indian market by 2021.
2. Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV
As the name gives away, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV will be heavily based on the ICE-powered WagonR. It will still carry the boxy shape and silhouette of the car. However, as we’ve previously seen from the spy shots, Maruti Suzuki might make a few aesthetic upgrades to make it a bit more distinctive. Expect the interiors to be similarly upgraded as well, although the equipment list shall remain the same. We expect it to hit the Indian market early next year.
3. Mahindra eKUV100
The Mahindra eKUV100, too, takes most of its inspiration from the standard hatchback. Again, to make it a bit more special and distinctive, Mahindra is expected to make a few over the top changes to the eKUV100. As per the manufacturer, the eKUV100 should have a range of about 140 kilometres on a single charge, which seems rather less for an electric car. Expect it to make its way to the Mahindra cars dealerships early next year.
4. Audi E-Tron
I would be wrong if I said the Audi E-Tron isn’t the most anticipated vehicle in the country, especially considering it would be the maker’s first electric vehicle to enter the Indian market. We’ve already driven the E-Tron in Dubai last year and we came back completely impressed with what Audi has done with this car. However, do note that this would be a rather expensive piece of machinery if Audi brings the full-blown tech-laden version of the E-Tron to India, which we experienced in Dubai. It is also expected to hit showrooms sometime next year.
5. Nissan Leaf EV
Nissan is all set to make its comeback as a worthy carmaker in the Indian market very soon with the launch of its first compact SUV, the Magnite. However shabby Nissan’s product line-up may be in the Indian market, it does have a lot of grasp and exciting products internationally. As a product, the Leaf EV is quite popular in the international market. Nissan hopes to establish itself as a green carmaker with the introduction of the Leaf EV, expected to hit the market by the end of next year.
6. Tata E-Vision Concept
Tata Motors already has the most exciting product line-up of EVs in the Indian market consisting of the Tigor EV and Nexon EV. It is soon expected to release an electric vehicle in the form of a mid-size sedan, which is currently in its concept form and known as the E-Vision Concept.
It was first unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and has a sleek exterior along with a futuristic interior. And, going by the recent crop of Tata cars, it would be exciting to see how this one turns out. Of course, we’ll have to wait till late-2020 to lay our eyes on the production version of Tata’s fully-electric sedan.