Automakers are preparing to join the EV (electric vehicle) space in India, owing to the increasing demand for electric vehicles. Even though electric vehicles are more costly than diesel and petrol vehicles, but, brands are working hard to reduce the cost of these vehicles.
EVs have some benefits that traditional internal combustion engine cars do not have. These cars are swift and have much torque. EVs are more tech-savvy vehicles and are connected digitally, unlike conventional cars. Many EV charging stations allow charging to be controlled through a smartphone app.
You can plug in your EV when you get home, just like a smartphone, and it will be ready to use the following day. And because an electric grid can be nearly everywhere, there are several charging possibilities: at work, at home, or at the fuel station.
EVs will also help minimize pollution through reduced emissions that lead to global warming and deteriorating public health. Charging your electric vehicle with renewable energy sources like solar or wind reduces pollution even more.
Let’s look at a list of these eight upcoming electric cars in India that will be priced under Rs 10 lakhs.
1. Maruti WagonR Electric
Maruti has been testing Wagon R EVs equipped with an electric powertrain worldwide. These EVs will serve as a learning platform for a new electric Maruti based on the Heartect platform, with a range of around 200 kilometers. Maruti Suzuki is expected to release the first electric vehicle in India by May 2021, with a price tag of about Rs 9 lakh.
2. Mahindra eKUV100
At the 2020 Auto Expo, Mahindra unveiled the production-ready eKUV100 mini SUV. The latest model is priced at Rs 8.25 lakh, but its market launch has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest eKUV100 will be available to the general public this quarter, from April to June 2021. This mini SUV’s 40 kW electric motor produces 53 bhp, and the torque is at 120N in it. The lithium-ion of 15.9Wh battery pack enables the travel of 120 kilometers after a single charge. Both regular and fast charging will be available for the SUV. Although the carmaker has yet to disclose any details, the SUV could take about an hour to charge up to 80% using a DC quick charger.
3. Renault Zoe
Renault Zoe is estimated to cost about Rs. 8.00 lakh*. The Renault Zoe's 52kWh battery pack has a WLTP range of nearly 400km per charge. Renault Zoe is expected to go on sale on October 20, 2021. The Renault Zoe will be a hatchback with automatic transmission and an electric range. Triber, Santro, GO Plus, Thar, and XUV300 will compete against Renault Zoe.
4. Tata Tiago EV
This hatchback indigenous brand name in EVs is tentatively priced at six lakhs and has an automatic transmission type. The Tata Tigor EV is an electric vehicle with a range of 142 kilometers and a charging time of 6 hours from 0 to 80% using a standard charger. The 4-star rating from Global NCAP speaks volumes about the vehicle's safety.
5. Renault K-ZE
In China, Renault recently unveiled the City-KZE, an electric variant of the Kwid. The Kwid EV is scheduled to arrive in India in 2022. Renault's five-year plan from 2017 to 2022 mentions this development. Renault K-ZE is estimated to cost about Rs. 10.00 lakh* in India. It is believed to be a little overpriced, and people might buy Tata Tigor EV instead, with a bigger cabin size. GO Plus, Figo, Altroz, Thar, and XUV300 will compete against the Renault K-ZE. It will be a hatchback with automatic transmission and an electric range.
6. Haima Bird Electric EV1
Haima Automobiles of China has arrived in India to unveil the EV1 hatchback in collaboration with Bird Electric. Its most impressive achievement as an EV is its goal price - less than Rs 10 lakh. The production should start in 12 to 15 months. It is almost the same as Hyundai Santro or WagonR and has a length of 3,680 mm, a width of 1,570 mm, a height of 1,530 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,340 mm, though it will compete with Mahindra eKUV100. Two battery pack options will be available: 20.5kWh and 28.5kWh.
7. ORA R1
The ORA R1 is going to be a hatchback electric vehicle with an automatic transmission. Great Wall Motors of China unveiled the R1 at the 2020 Auto Expo. The base model of this EV has a 28.5kWh battery pack, whereas the long-range model has a 33kWh battery pack with a claimed range of over 300 kilometers. It’s electric motor produces 48 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque.
8. ORA R2
The ORA R2 will also be a hatchback with an automatic transmission and an electric range. It is expected to be released on May 31, 2022. ORA R2 is estimated to cost about Rs. 10.00 lakh*. GO Plus, Figo, XUV300 and Altroz, will compete against this EV.