Although the Indian government has backtracked on its mission for electric vehicles of 2030, several automotive manufacturers are pushing towards a completely electric future and have begun to release a series of electric and hybrid vehicles in the country. While the list of electric vehicles is still a bit too short with only two cars currently available on the market, there are some options to choose from when it comes to hybrid vehicles. If you are currently in the market of an electric car or consider it a viable option for a future purchase, here is a list of all the electric cars available in India, along with some electric vehicles that should be launched soon and a list of all hybrid vehicles that you can buy right now:
Electric cars available in India (December 2018)
1. Mahindra e2o Plus
The Mahindra e2o Plus, which was the direct successor to yesterday's Reva-i, a four-volume all-electric two-door that powered by a engine from 19KW which sucks the juice from a 11KWhr 48 cell lithium ion battery . Mahindra Electric states that the car can travel 110 km on a single charge, with the flagship variant boasting one range of 140 km, thanks to one 15KWhr battery bigger lithium ion . In order to combat interval anxiety, Mahindra has also included a patented "Revive" feature that will offer users an additional 5 km radius in the event that they discharge in the middle of a commute.
The battery pack on Mahindra e2o Plus takes about 6 hours to charge at 100 percent for the basic variant, while the top-end variant with the larger battery will take about 7 hours and 20 minutes to reach 100 percent, using the single 3KW including phase 16A charger. Mahindra also offers a 32A 3-phase 10 KW quick charger, which can be purchased separately with the top-end variant, which charges the battery 100 percent in just over an hour and a half. Mahindra e2o Plus available in three variants: P4, P6 and P8, with high-end variants equipped with Android touch-screen consoles for entertainment and navigation. The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 km / h in 14, 1 seconds and has one maximum speed of 80 km / h .
Price: Rs. 7.57-11.27 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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2. Mahindra eVerito
The Mahindra eVerito a fully electric version of the company's four-door Verito sedan, which powered by a engine from 31 kW it's a lithium ion battery from 69, 99 kHz to 69 cells . Just like e2o Plus, eVerito boasts one range of 110 km, with the higher end variant reaching up to 140 km due to the larger 18.55 KWhr lithium ion battery. Mahindra has also included the patented "Revive" feature with eVerioto, however, in this case the company offers an additional range of 8 km in case the driver runs out of juice in the middle of a commute.
Charging the 13.91KWhr battery packs takes about 8 hours and 30 minutes using the included charger, with the largest 18.55 KWhr battery that takes about 11 hours and 30 minutes to charge. With the rapid charger sold separately, you can charge up to 80 percent in less than an hour and a half for the normal battery and an hour and a half for the larger battery. The Mahindra eVerito currently available in four variants – C2, D2, D4 and D6 – with all but the lowest variant with the largest battery pack. The electric sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 km / h in 10, 7 seconds and has one maximum speed of 86 km / h .
Price: Rs. 9.5-10 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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Upcoming electric cars in India
1. Audi A3 e-tron
The Audi A3 e-tron is still called as a concept car, but many sources have revealed that this car will arrive in India sooner or later. According to the Audi website, the car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4, 5 seconds and produce up to 320 kW of power (upgrade to 370 kW). It will also have a range of 500 kilometers which makes it perfect for everyday use and more.
Even the extraordinarily beautiful Audi e-tron Sportback. With its extremely sporty lines, expansive panels and a tapered rear, the car is a beauty to behold. Other highlights include illuminated rings and virtual side mirrors. It looks powerful and elegant. Just click on the link below to take a look at this machine in all its beauty. You will be swept away. The car should be launched in September 2020 for an expected price of around Rs. 1, 5 crorer.
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2. Tata Nano Electric
Earlier this month, reports revealed that Tata Motors is supplying Nano shell shells to Jayem Automobiles which has sparked speculation that the companies soon launch an electric version of the popular car. The Tata Nano Electric, which is also called Jayem Neo, shipping should begin by the end of the yearhowever, the first batch of 400 cars will be delivered to the Ola cabin aggregator on launch day.
As of now, we do not know the exact specifications of the Tata Nano Electric, but it has been assumed that the car will be powered by a electric motor from 48 volts and offer a range of 200 km on a single charge. It is also assumed that the Tata Nano Electric will be launched around the Rs. 5 lakh, which make it the cheapest electric car in the Indian market. So far, judging from the reports, Nano Electric or Jayem Neo have been spotted in Hyderabad with Ola stickers, but there are still no concrete reports on when consumers will be able to buy it.
3. Tata Tiago Electric
The pre-production version of Tata Tiago Electric made its debut at the Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year, with an engine 85KW liquid cooled which will give the car one maximum speed of 135 km / h . The next electric car to do 0-100 km / h in less than 11 seconds and offer autonomy over 100 km on a single charge.
While previously the Tata Tiago Electric was to be launched in 2020, the company seems to have changed its mind and the car should be launched in March 2019. In terms of prices, the Tata Tiago Electric should be rated around Rs. 6 lakh .
4. Tata Tigor Electric
While today it is possible to identify a Tata Tigor Electric in nature, the company currently sells the electric variant of the Tigor directly to the EESL (Energy Efficiency Service Limited). However, recent reports suggest that the company is reflecting on plans to take it to private buyers in 2019, which is great news for the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country.
The current variant of the Tata Tigor Electric, sold to the government, powered by a engine from 29, 8 kW which promises up to 100 km of autonomy on a single charge. Tata is currently selling the car to the government for Rs. 10.5 lakh, but since this does not take into account the GST, the Tigor Electric for private buyers could have a slightly higher price.
5. Mahindra eKUV
Mahindra debuted the electric variant of its compact SUV, the KUV100, at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year. The Mahindra eKUV powered by a engine from 30 kW, the same engine that powers Mahindra's eVerito sedan, and is expected to have one 140 km range .
As of now, the company did not disclose more information on the upcoming eKUV100, but it was assumed that the car will be launched on the Indian market by the end of next year and will have a price around Rs. 8 lakh.
Hybrid cars available in India (December 2018)
While there aren't many all-electric options in the country to choose from, if you're looking to buy a 'greener' car then you can choose one from the wide range of hybrid cars available on the market today. Here is a list of all the hybrid vehicles available in the country right now:
1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga SHVS
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga SHVS is a light hybrid variant of the company Ertiga MUV that uses the Maruti's intelligent hybrid vehicle system (SHVS) to assist the 1.2-liter diesel engine as the car starts to move and regenerates power when the car is standing going to shore, braking or idling. The SHVS system implemented in Ertiga increases car mileage, while reducing the overall carbon footprint of a small fraction.
Price: Rs. 9.58 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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2. Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a luxury sedan of the Japanese manufacturer that powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine from 2, 5 liters, coupled with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack of 6, 5 Ahr . The hybrid system on the Camry has a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum voltage of 650 V, which can provide a maximum power of 151 kW in Eco and EV modes. The hybrid system reduces fuel consumption and increases vehicle mileage to 19, 16 km, which is rather large for a luxury sedan.
Price: Rs. 37.22 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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3. Toyota Prius
One of best-selling hybrid in the world, the Toyota Prius, also available in the Indian market. Just like the Prius sold in international markets, the Indian variant is a four-door coupé with a sloping roof line and a futuristic design. The car powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine from 1, 8 liters combined with a synchronous motor with permanent magnets which offers one maximum power of 53 kW . The engine powered by one nickel-metal hydride battery 6, 5 Ah which assists the internal combustion engine to increase mileage and reduce the car's carbon footprint. Thanks to the hybrid system, the Toyota Prius offers a extended mileage of 23, 91 kmpl, which translates into greater savings on fuel costs.
Price: Rs. 45.09 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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4. Lexus ES 300h
The Lexus ES 300h is a medium-sized luxury sedan that powered by a petrol engine to four 5-liter cylinders, coupled with a synchronous motor with permanent magnets it's a nickel-metal hydride battery sealed offering a total maximum power of 151 kW. The high-efficiency hybrid system of the Lexus ES 300h reduces CO2 emissions to just 132 g / km, offering a mileage of 17, 8 kmpl . The Lexus ES 300h a regenerative hybrid that charge the battery while the car is braking, taking off or in neutral and uses battery power to help the gasoline engine.
Price: Rs. 59.46 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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5. Lexus LS 500h
Unlike the ES 300h, the Lexus LS 500h is a full-size premium sedan that powered by a 3-liter V6 petrol engine combined with two electric motors which feed the car at the same time to offer instant torque and amazing acceleration. At low speeds, the EV driving mode on the LS 500h exclusively uses the electric motor to offer quiet, zero-emission driving. The battery of the LS 500h is charged using a regenerative braking system, which produces energy when the car is braking or decelerating. As expected, the hybrid system improves the car's mileage to 15.4 kmpl, which is large enough for a car of this caliber.
Price: Rs. 1.82 Crore (ex-Delhi showroom)
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6. Lexus RX 450h
The Lexus RX 450h is a medium-sized luxury crossover that offers the comfort of a sedan in the body of a compact SUV. The RX 450h powered by a 3-liter V6 petrol engine, enhanced by the system Lexus Hybrid Drive which simultaneously draws both electric and petrol engines. The hybrid system on the RS 450h presents two synchronous motors with permanent magnets that offer a maximum power of 123kw (front) is 50kW (rear) that drain one 288V nickel-metal hydride battery . The efficient hybrid system on the RX 450h offers the car one distance of 18, 8 kmpl reducing to the same time CO2 emissions at just 122 g / km .
Price: Rs. 1.29 Crore (ex-Delhi showroom)
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7. Lexus NX 300h
Another great hybrid offering from Lexus is the NX 300h compact luxury SUV that powered by a petrol engine of 2.5 liters combined with two permanent magnet synchronous motors offering a maximum power of 105 kW (front) and 50 kW (rear) . Just like the rest of the Lexus hybrids, the NX 300h also uses one nickel-metal hydride battery with 204 cells. The hybrid regenerative system of the Lexus NX 300h assists the engine and improves the mileage of the car at 18, 3 km / h, reducing CO2 emissions at 139 g / km .
Price: Rs. 54.78 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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8. Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord Hybrid equipped with a hybrid sports iMMD (Intelligent Multi-mode Drive), two engine hybrid systems coupled to a 2-liter i-VTEC engine . Accord Hybrid electric motors are powered by one lithium ion battery from 1.3kWh in able to provide a total power of 215 hp and to improve the overall fuel efficiency up to 23.1 kmpl . The Accord Hybrid also uses a regenerative system to charge the battery when the car is decelerating, braking or idling and uses the electric motor to give it instant torque while it starts to move from idle.
Price: Rs. 43.21 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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9. Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid
The Volvo XC90 T8, unlike most other hybrids on this list, a plug-in hybrid that can be loaded in much the same way as a fully electric car could be loaded . The XC90 T8 powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine from 2 liters and an 87 hp electric motor which offers a combined power of 407 hp. The car has autonomy 40 km of electricity and can reach from 0 to 100 km / h in just 5, 8 seconds . The battery of the Volvo XC90 T8 can be charged using a 110 V or 240 V electrical outlet, while the battery charges in 12 hours and the battery only uses 6 hours to reach 100% charge . Together with the car, Volvo will provide users with two charging stations at no additional cost that can be installed in their preferred locations. The dedicated charging stations are able to charge the battery in just 2.5 hours and the XC90 T8 also has a regenerative braking system to charge the battery.
Price: Rs. 96, 65 lakh (ex-Delhi showroom)
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10. BMW i8
The BMW i8 a plug-in hybrid sports car that powered by a internal combustion engine of 1, 5 liters which feeds the rear axle combined with a electric motor that generated 131 hp of power for the front axle . Thanks to the high efficiency of the plug-in hybrid system, BMW says that the i8 can offer fuel efficiency of 47.45 kmpl, limiting CO2 emissions at 50, 36 g / km . The exceptional fuel efficiency also results from the body of the i8, which consists of a light carbon fiber. The BMW i8 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4, 4 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 250 km / h. The BMW i8 has a maximum range of 550 km on a full tank, but can even reach 36.08 km running exclusively on the electric motor. The battery of the BMW i8 can be charged up to 80 percent in just 2.5 hours using a 12A charger and in just 2 hours using a 16A charger .
Price: Rs. 2, 62 Crore (ex-Delhi showroom)
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Electric cars: paving the way for a cleaner future
Although it may take some time for India to become completely electric, an accepted truth that electric vehicles are the future and the country must change to preserve natural resources and work for a cleaner and greener future for future generations. While at the moment there are not many electrical options to choose from, the Indian automotive landscape is changing rapidly and we expect more automotive manufacturers to release fully electric cars on the market. Until then, if you're in the market for a new car, you can choose from the list of electric or hybrid cars above and do your part to make sure the future isn't so gloomy.