If there’s a developing trend that one would want to see become a permanent fixture in the firmament of the Indian automobile market then it is the electric car revolution. The point is, it’s rightly called a revolution for the massive environmental change the EVs have endeavored to bring about, at a time where perhaps there could be nothing more fruitful than working toward rescuing an embattled ecology and helping the end-consumer undergo a whirlwind change concerning car purchase.
While 2019 did kickstart, if that’s the right phrase, the new trend of going the all-electric way, there’s still a lot of groundwork that both the auto sector and the Centre need to do, perhaps in tandem, to make sure that the current tide goes all-electric, instead of it being a knee-jerk reaction to the calamitous challenges facing the environment. And what could perhaps be a better way to bring about the much-wanted change than introducing new electric-cars in a country that seems ready for the long-debated change? On that note, let’s try to understand the top 5 electric car launches in 2020 in India.
One of the top 5 electric car launches in 2020 comes from the house of one of the most respected and noted carmakers in India.
The eKUV100 is the fully electric offering in a market that’s been gearing up for the much-needed change and for a while. While Mahindra is neither a stranger or a slouch at making EVs, the subcompact Verito already being a popular sighting on the Indian roads, the robust all-electric eKUV100, powered by a lithium-ion battery is expected to garner traction with an electric motor that can generate up to 120 Nm, a range of around 120 kilometers at full charge.
The car is expected to debut at the 2020 Auto expo.
Tata Nexon EV
One of the top 5 electric car launches in 2020, the Nexon EV thrives on a permanent magnet AC motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is both liquid-cooled and IP67 certified.
Offering a maximum range of around 300 kilometers on a single charge, the Nexon’s electric powertrain produces a peak torque of 245 Nm and can race into three-digit speeds inside 10 seconds.
MG ZS EV
When MG arrived in India in 2019 with the Hector, then immediately the brand snowballed into being a viral sensation all over, registered unprecedented advance booking numbers and noted an overwhelmingly positive response from a market that’s accepting of change and versatility.
On that note, the news that the MG ZS EV- billed among the top 5 electric car launches in 2020 in India- is expected to take centerfold sooner than later, one can hardly curb the excitement promised by one of the most respected names in the auto segment.
MG’s second market offering, an SUV to boot, boasts of a three-phase permanent synchronous electric magnet motor, which produces a peak torque output of 353 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
Expected to flex its muscle against the likes of the Audi e-Tron and the Porsche Taycan, the ZS, a one-of-its-kind SUV generates power from a 44.5 kWh battery.
The promising all-electric produce from the stable of MG is also certified with a 340-kilometer range.
Few brands combine opulence and comfort with such elegance as Audi. So when the massive German carmaker offers something scientific and prudent in times marred by massive environmental concerns, there can hardly be any dearth of excitement surrounding the new market offering.
Touted as among the top 5 electric car launches in 2020 in India, the Audi takes the center-stage with the much-talked-about and equally-awaited e-Tron, which is actually not a brand new surprise!
The car was first unveiled back in 2018 at the Audi annual summit in the USA. But it’s been a while since the e-Tron reached one of the most happening auto markets in all of Asia.
For a car that combines the powerful feel of driving an SUV and the science behind a purely-electric machine, the E-tron- powered by two electric motors, one on each axle- is expected to be steeply-priced at around INR 1.5 cr.
The all-electric SUV reaches a peak torque output of 561 Nm, and has a range of 400 km on a single charge.
The widely-known German sports carmaker is all set to take the wraps off its first-of-its-kind EV for India. While it was back in 2019 that the Stuttgart-based carmaker had unveiled the Taycan for the worldwide market, the Taycan is all set to arrive shortly in India in this new year.
And what could be more pleasurable, it ought to be asked, than driving a perfect combination of a fully-electric car that’s a sports model at the end of the day?
Well, few things can only be done by enterprising brands such as Porsche, right?
Powered by two synchronous electric motors, capable of churning out a max power of 600 bhp, one of the top 5 electric car launches in 2020 is something extraordinary in the looks and performance department.
To those intrigued by range curiosity, it helps to know that the Taycan delivers a range of over 500 kilometers (full charge), which is down to high-voltage lithium-ion batteries.
In terms of acceleration, the Taycan can go up to 100 mph in just around 3.5 seconds. That told, for a car that delivers both the exuberance and the science behind the all-electric concept, expect a price in the range of INR 1 crore.