With global warming turning out to be a real crisis, most nations have agreed to cut back on carbon emissions and to set specific targets. And As a result of the same, India has for its part encouraged the auto industry to come out with more environment-friendly options, one of which happens to be the electric car. The electric car industry has seen a renewed interest in the same, with newer models soon to be launched.
5 Upcoming Electric Cars in India
One of the drawbacks to the earlier variants was the fact that you could not use electric cars to drive long distances since they required to be charged at shorter intervals. However, it seems that this issue has been dealt with, by some of the new models, and it helps that, they happen to look great as well. Check out some of the upcoming electric cars in India,
#1 Audi e-Tron
The Audi e-Tron is one of the most anticipated electric cars and has resulted in more hype building up. According to the latest news, you can expect Audi to release their electric car in India in 2019, probably around the latter half of the year. The one constant criticism against electric cars is that they often do not carry a charge for long. But that may no longer be true since the Audi e-Tron was expected to carry the charge for a distance of 400 KM which is indeed a much-needed improvement. And since there are only a few garages around, where you can charge your electric car, you may want to wait a while before taking the car on a long road trip. The SUV comes with octagonal grille, as well as side flaps, LED headlights and the works.
Incidentally, it can carry a charge in excess of 350 km as well as a front motor that makes 125 KW and a rear motor that makes 140 KW, with a top speed of 200 KMPH. The two motors not only help the car in driving the performance but it also ensures a very quick acceleration. This is something that could improve the performance of electric cars by multiple folds. With the top speed of 200 Kmph, we are sure that you are not going to feel the need of any other luxury sedan.
#2 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is coming to India soon and it is due to be launched real soon. From the various images leaked online, you can see that the Nissan Leaf has indeed undergone a transformation of sorts, from its earlier variant. Taking a cue from the last model, the new one comes with a few innovative features such as an e-pedal system with which you can accelerate, decelerate or to stop and hold. This feature is an innovative one as far as electric cars go and you can use the same to adjust your speed and drive accordingly. The one drawback is that it is rumoured to take 8 to 16 hours to get fully charged up but once it is charged, you can rev up the car right away.
It also comes with a quick charging option which enables you to charge 80% in under 40 minutes. This quick charging feature can certainly encourage people to purchase more electric vehicles. It is currently outfitted a 40 kWh battery and one that comes with 148 bhp. As per the information available, the battery has an output of 180 BNP and the motors that are equipped in Nissan Leaf are capable of generating 320 Nm of torque. In addition to this, there are many amazing features in Nissan Leaf. One such feature is pro-pilot which is more like an auto parking system. Apart from that, the car is loaded with other sensors as well so as to help the driver in all possible aspects. As per one of the source, this car is going to be launched in the first half of 2019 and the price will be around Rs 35 to 40 Lakhs.
#3 Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona is one of the few car brands that have already made a name for itself in the auto industry. And now, it is all set to launch its electric SUV the Kona soon. One hopes that it is real soon; the Kona is widely anticipated and with good reason. From the various online leaks and reviews published online, you can expect the Kona to come out with substantial changes to the exterior along with a new electric power train, a re-tweaked front grille that looks slightly more aggressive, as well as a sleek body along with a flap cover for the charger.
It also features a 39.2 kWh battery, with a retuned front and rear end fascia to make the car more aerodynamic. The motors in Hyundai Kona have a with a power output of 134 bhp as well as 395 peak torque. This is a lot of power so you won’t feel any difference between a diesel engine and an electric car. Apart from this, the car has a top speed of 153 Kmph which is certainly enough for cruising on highways. Talking about the acceleration, it is known that Hyundai Kona is capable of reaching a speed of 90 Kmph in just 9.2 seconds. Now, talking about the most important point. The range of Hyundai Kona is expected to be around 300 Kms on a single charge. The car is expected to be available in Jun 2019 and the expected price of the car is between Rs 13 to 18 Lakhs.
#4 Tata Tigor EV
The Tata Tigor EV had been in the works for a while until it was launched some time back. It is widely expected that this car would soon be available in the retail market at reasonable rates and you should be able to purchase this car. This electric car comes with a 216 Ah 16 V which enables it to pack in quite a punch. It comes with a power output of 39.95 bhp of power which is quite impressive for an electric car. Furthermore, it also comes with a claimed range of 130 KM which is quite small compared to others.
The top speed of Tata Tigor EV is expected to be around 100 KM/hr and it is known that the car can be quickly charged from 0 to 80% in half hour whereas, with normal charging, it can take up to three hours to get charged. It also comes with impressive decals as well as the EV logo up front and centre. The capacity of the battery is not known yet but the range is expected to be around 130 Kms. In addition to this, it is also known that the car would have features like climate control and a lot of other sensors which would make it the car of the next generation. The expected launch of this car is in May 2019 and the price tag that we are expecting for this car is Rs 12 Lakh.
#5 Tata E-Vision EV
The Tata E-Vision EV was introduced by Tata as a C class sedan and it certainly looks fantastic, with sleek flowing body lines, and a reworked exterior. The company is looking to improve the range of electric cars with this model so it is expected or rumoured that the evision, when launched, will have a range in excess of 400 km.
Tata E-vision EV is expected to come with an enhanced battery pack as well as a top speed of 200 KMPH. It is also expected to go from 0 to 100 in a few seconds at most. It is expected to be launched in December 2020. There is a long time to go before the launch of the car. It is speculated that the car would be priced at Rs 25 Lakh but again, this may change by the time the car is launched.
These are some of the upcoming electric cars in India, which are going to be launched soon or in the near future. With the focus on cutting back carbon footprint and renewable energies, it is expected that more electric cars will get launched real soon.