Electric cars are the future of automobiles. The Mahindra Reva e2o and very recently the Mahindra e-Verito are the only 2 electric cars available in the market. The good news is, many electric cars are expected to come to the Indian market soon.
So even as you’re getting excited, here’s a look at the beauties you can expect to see on Indian roads in the next few years, and plan your wheel finances 🙂
1. Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is almost the holy grail of electric cars. This is the first hugely successful electric car in the world. It dispelled the slow-range anxiety image of electric cars. The top end has a range around 500 km and goes from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds in ludicrous mode (Supercar territory). The 85D version has a combined power output of 762 bhp. It has proper 5 doors, seats 5 adults plus 2 kids in the boot, has storage in the front too and looks like a supermodel (and come on, it’s not just us who think so). Made of aluminum, it is safer than a Volvo. Tesla has even set up a Supercharging network on highways where the car can be charged to 80 percent in 20 minutes. As per reports, motor at the wheels and low center of gravity due to batteries on the floor helps the Model S ‘handle better than BMW 5 series.’ Coming to tech, there’s autopilot – yes, in the future, cars will drive themselves. In short, as Elon Musk, the founder and the man who is compared to a real life Iron Man says, ‘It is the best car in the world’. Tesla is committed to electric cars, and it is also building the world’s biggest Lithium battery factory – a Gigafactory as they have named it. Once completed, it will be bigger than all other lithium battery factories in the world combined!
The Model S doesn’t come cheap; it competes with BMW 7 series – Audi A8 range, with starting prices of around 70000 USD. It is the highest selling car in the segment and yes, it has zero tailpipe emissions. Bet the Mahindra e2o doesn’t sound cool anymore now.
2. Tesla Model 3
The rage of the year – 373,000 world-wide pre-orders with a 1000 USD deposit for a car that will be delivered after 2 years! The Model 3 is the latest and most affordable Tesla. Starting price – 35000 USD. Minimum range – 350km. It will also have Autopilot, Supercharging compatibility, regenerative braking and seats 5 adults. The reservation numbers alone show that this will be a major success and a clear threat to cars that run on polluting and inefficient gasoline models. Tesla has confirmed that it is coming to India soon.
3. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is the best selling highway-capable electric car in the world. It has sold over 200000 units. It has a range of 135-172 kms depending on the battery pack. It costs around 30000 USD. It is a 110 bhp hatchback and seats 5. Nissan had showcased its Leaf in Delhi some time back, but there is no concrete info if it is going to be launched in India or not.
4. BMW i3
This German EV is a 200 mile, carbon fiber reinforced plastic made car. The design is unique with rear doors opening the other way. It costs around 40000 USD and seats 5. It also comes with an optional range extending gasoline engine which makes it a hybrid – which we will cover later. Considering the BMW i8’s launch in India, the i3 could be a potential introduction in this market.
5. Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevy Spark is the Indian Chevy Beat. The electric car from General Motors comes at a base price of around 25000 USD. It has a range of around 130 kms.
Ford Focus Electric, Volkswagen e-Golf, Fiat 500e, Mercedes B-Class Electric are few other pure electric cars in the market. Almost every manufacturer is investing in developing electric cars. In India, Mahindra is at the forefront after acquiring Reva. It is expected to launch more electric cars like the Verito EV. Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki have showcased different electric and hybrid cars in the recent past.
In my opinion, an electric car between the Leaf and the e2o, that has a better range (around 200 km), costs around 10-12 lakhs INR, seats 5 adults, has better performance (60-80 bhp) than the e2o, preferably a good looking sedan or mini SUV in shape (sedan = expensive in Indian mindset), safer normal steel body can work in India. The Tesla Model 3 will a good competition in the entry level luxury segment in India too.
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