With the Indian government pushing heavily for electric cars and other alternative energy sources, many of the major manufacturers showcased their electric might. Surprisingly a lot of startups and smaller companies also took part in the EV race. Here are some of the electric cars you might end up driving in the future.
1. Mahindra e-KUV100
The KUV100 was already a successful mini SUV and now with an electric motor the car looks to be future ready as well.
Going from 0 to 100 kmph in 9 seconds with a top speed of 186 kmph the KUV100 electric SUV is a very attractive package. The EV will have a range of 350 km and can be charged from 0 to 80% of the battery in just 90 minutes.
2. Uniti One
Uniti is a company from Sweden which aims to launch the One EV in the Indian market by 2020. 5 seats with electronic steering wheel and a range of 200 km on a single fast charge sounds quite practical and when you take the size of the car into account it starts to fit the description of a perfect city runner.
The Uniti One also boasts of the world’s largest heads up display (HUD) and with autonomous elements being added to the mix the car is as intuitive and safe as can be. In fact it has a 5 star NCAP rating. It will be really interesting to see when this smart and little car ends up on the Indian roads.
3. Hyundai Ioniq
The Ioniq was one of the main attractions in the company’s loaded Expo arsenal. The car was showcased in two avatars: a fully electric and a hybrid. The all electric powertrain features a 28 kWh battery which produces 120 BHP and 295 Nm of torque. The range is claimed to be good for 280 km on a single charge. 0-100 kmph is done away with in just 9.9 seconds with the car accelerating further to a top speed of 165 kmph.
The hybrid combines a 1.6 litre petrol engine with a 43 BHP electric motor resulting in a combined power output of 140 BHP and 265 Nm of torque. Hyundai had been wanting to launch the Ioniq in India but sadly these plans have since been dropped due the government placing hybrids in the highest tax bracket post GST revision.
4. Tata Tiago & Tigor EVs
The petroleum powered Tiago and Tigor have been well received in the country and their EV siblings look to follow in their footsteps by the second quarter of 2018. On the outside the cars remain identical to the ICE versions except for the EV badging and blue accents all over them.
Tata claims that both of them are capable of going 130 km on a single charge.
5. Renault Zoe
The Zoe is the highest selling EV in Europe and now the car looks to make the same impact in India. Powered by a 22 kWh battery the car is good for 240 km on a single charge.
The thin sweeping headlamps and the curved DRLs give the front a quirky and cute look with a small air dam on the bottom. The overall dynamic and fluid Zoe is expected to be priced around the Rs. 11 lakh mark when launched.
Another really interesting EV which was featured alongside the Zoe was the Renault Zoe e-Sports Concept. While it does look familiar to the standard car its anything but normal. Just looking at the car’s massive air intakes upfront and a dominating roof spoiler on the back gives you an idea of its capabilities.
And if you still have some doubts here are some of the figures this little all electric racer can boast about. It is powered by two batteries which give it a total power output of 456 BHP along with a peak torque of 640 Nm. 0-100 kmph is over with in just 3.2 seconds and it keeps accelerating to an astonishing top speed of 210 kmph.
6. Mahindra E2O NXT
Mahindra is back again in our list with an update to its E2O EV which is basically based on the Revai. The front has been redesigned to look more premium with new LED headlamps and the grille has been replaced by a fully black plastic with blue blacklit accents and a Mahindra logo in the middle.
The EV also receives a major increase in the battery size which has extended the range to 140 km with the power output being increased to 40 BHP and a max torque of 91 Nm.
The interior of the car has been updated and now features a centrally mounted touchscreen with GPS and smartphone connectivity. The company also claims that the car can be charged from 0-80% in 90 minutes using a fast charger. The E2O NXT is expected to be launched by this year itself.
7. BMW i3s
Already on sale on American and European markets, the BMW i3s is a very popular and successful EV internationally. The car produces 182 BHP of power and boasts a max range of upto 280 km.
With a 0-100 kmph time of 6.9 seconds and suicide doors like a Rolls Royce, the BMW i3s looks to be one of the coolest EVs of the lot.
On the inside the BMW features a 5.7 inch instrument cluster TFT display and a HD 10.25 inch infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The seats and the interior has been made up of recycled plastics and eco friendly fibres. The only problem that seems to persist is the uncertainty of its launch in India as BMW is still figuring out the feasibility of the car in our market.