The future of automotive engineering is electric, it was said. In fact, the way the world would commute would be completely electric in the years to come.
And guess what, India has caught hold of the changing tide and is growing by the tick of the clock. Tata Motors sold more than 3000 units of its Nexon EV in less than a year since its launch. Surely, we are all awaiting that time where for every three conventional cars sold, at least one is electric, but it appears the groundwork and infrastructure for the same is being done.
The number of electric car sales in India remains relatively small compared to petrol, diesel, LPG, and CNG powered cars, but things are changing slowly. With skyrocketing fuel prices, and a growing an EV could be a smart choice depending on the usage, long-distance travel or just short distance city travel?
The infrastructure for charging EVs
The selection of new electric cars is far better than years ago when Reva & Mahindra E20 were the only option, but not a practical one for many.
In a bid to boost the sales of new electric vehicles in the national capital, the Delhi Government introduced a new EV policy that offers a subsidy based on battery capacity, Rs. 5,000/kWh or up to Rs. 30,000 for electric two-wheelers and up to Rs. 1.5 lakh for all-electric cars. The policy also offers purchase incentive when a customer scraps old petrol, diesel, CNG, or LPG (internal combustion engine) car and purchase a new electric vehicle.
A few of us are already looking to ditch petrol and diesel-powered vehicles to switch to pure-electric cars, but which are the best electric cars to buy in India in 2021?
Here we reveal the choices top EVs on sale in India. This will help you decide which electric car is best for you based on its price, range, and features.
One of the best electric cars to buy in India at the moment is the latest electric offering from the famous Korean stable. Priced between Rs.23 – 24 Lakh (ex-showroom, the newest electric car is emerging as one of the best buy(s) in a market poised to accept new changes and make inroads toward electric cars in the mainstream.
That being said, the important facet about the Kona electric is a combination of maximum efficiency and comfort to the occupants.
Spurred by a really impressive range of 452 km in a single charge, the fast charging can juice up the vehicle to an 80 per cent charge in no more than 60 minutes.
If that’s not indicative of efficienc y then, one wonders what is?
Implicit in the functioning of the car is an electric cable with a 2.8 kW charge that makes it a worthy contender among others on the Indian roads where the challenge to extract the most out of your machine is often strenuous.
Hyundai Kona Mileage: 452.0 km/full charge
Hyundai Kona Price: Rs 23.75 Lakhs Onwards (ex-showroom)
The Nexon EV is the most affordable electric car to buy in India at the moment especially with a price tag of Rs.13.99 Lakh (ex-showroom). It is also the highest-selling EV with about 60% of the market share.
For a while now, experts and industry pundits have labelled the new Ziptron technology as the cutting-edge solution toward pushing a case for electric vehicles for greater consumption.
And Tata grabbed the opportunity to create a differentiator with both hands, coming out with a permanent magnet AC motor that enables superior car performance.
A technology that’s powered to make a thrilling driving experience for the car user aspiring to go all-green, the Ziptron, it’s been touted, could be a game-changer of sorts for the Tata user.
This ‘different’ experience, can be evident in the Nexon EV, the undeniably important EV from the stable of one of the most dependable names in the market ever.
True to Tata’s competitive pricing that gives regard to the concept of ‘economy’ for the buyer, a range of 312 km is being promised by the renowned carmaker.
Tata Nexon EV Mileage: 312.0 km/full charge
Tata Nexon EV Price: Rs 13.99 Lakh Onwards (ex-showroom)
If you thought the Nexon EV was the only attempt by Tata to stake a claim toward the definitive construct of the Indian market, then think again.
In the Tata Tigor EV, the brand that’s a household name in India has offered its first-ever sedan in a country that has shown a proclivity toward driving one.
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That being said, priced between INR 10.5- 10.8 Lakh (ex-showroom), a compact machine offers a bunch of features, such as – a battery range of over 210 km in a single charge, a 5.0-inch touch-screen infotainment among the others.
And that’s not all; the brand arrives with two alternatives for charging the four-wheeler, the first being a regular charger that perhaps takes up 12 hours to get the machine fully charged, and the other, a fast-charger, that juices up the car battery within or around two hours.
Tata Tigor EV Mileage: 210km/full charge
Tata Tigor EV Price: Rs 9.44 Lakh Onwards (ex-showroom)
Truth be told, today the brand has reached such a position of eminence in a market known for its utter grind and competitiveness (given the hot-selling numbers of the MG Hector), that any product offering post the Hector is slated to meet great expectations.
This, precisely leads to a question: can the ZS EV deliver what Hector enticed and delivered the Indian consumers with?
Well, for a start what makes the ZS one of the best electric cars to buy in India is a brilliant (maximum) range of 340 km is a full charge.
The fast-charging enabled machine can go from 0 to 80% in just 60 minutes, powered by a 50KW DC fast charger.
That said, it can also be shared that the pricing band of INR 20-23 Lakh (ex-showroom) has been kept in mind concerning the economy factor, in a bid to launch a truly ‘value-for-money’ machine.
MG ZS EV Mileage: 340km/full charge
MG ZS EV Price: Rs 20.88 Lakh Onwards (ex-showroom)
Mercedes Benz EQC
India’s first luxury EV, the Mercedes Benz EQC is priced at Rs. 99.30 Lakh (ex-showroom). EQC comes with 80kWH lithium-ion battery and can reach a speed of 100 kmph from standstill in just 5.1 secs. The luxury electric SUV is available in six cities currently – Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad. The EQC offers a range of 350 km on a single charge. The Mercedes EQC takes 10 hours using a regular charger unit to achieve full capacity, while the DC fast charger brings down the charging time (0-80%) to just 90 minutes.
Apart from these, the Mahindra e20 and the Mahindra E Verito are the other electric cars you can buy at the moment in India. Also, other luxury car manufacturers like Porsche and Audi are expected to launch their EVs in 2021.
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