Electric Vehicles or EVs are quickly gaining traction even in countries where the infrastructure isn’t entirely ready for them. In the next few months, Mahindra will be launching the eKUV100, its own EV model in India. As the name suggests, the eKUV100 (referred to as the eKUV) is the all-electric variant of the standard KUV100. At a time where car buyers don’t want to spend much on the purchase and running costs, something like the eKUV could do well. However, its success hinges upon several factors – not least because of its price. Being Mahindra’s first-ever in-house EV model, this electrified version of the KUV should start from Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
At one of the company’s recent events, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra and Mahindra, confirmed that the eKUV100 would indeed be reaching dealerships in the next three months. After all, Mahindra had promised that it would launch the eKUV100 soon, despite the automotive sector’s relatively weak performance due to Covid-19. In terms of its design, the eKUV100 isn’t that different from its fossil fuel-burning NXT cousin. The only real changes made on the exterior include a fully-sealed body-colored front grille, slightly redesigned headlamps ad tail lamps, blue accents on the wheels, and a charging port on the front left fender.
The interior of the Mahindra eKUV100 will likely retain its basic design and layout. However, there is a high possibility that the electrified version will gain features similar to the top-end NXT variant of the standard KUV. We could see a larger and better touchscreen for the infotainment system, though. Moreover, the eKUV100 might even feature live location tracking and battery status updates. It is also possible to get remote locking/unlocking for the doors with remote-activated AC operation. Of course, it will be a while before any of these could be confirmed.
What we do know for certain is that the Mahindra eKUV100 uses a 15.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It powers a single 40kW electric motor, which generates 53hp and 120Nm of torque and turns the front wheels via a typical single-speed reduction gear. The maximum range of the Mahindra eKUV100 is claimed to be around 120 kilometers. Meanwhile, its battery can be charged via either a regular household wall socket or a fast charger.