This year’s AutoExpo was full of ‘electric’ surprises. AutoExpo is Asia’s largest (and world’s second-largest) automotive show, held biennially in Greater Noida. 2020 edition is the show’s 15th anniversary, being held between 7th and 12th of February.
This article would shed some light on all of the electric cars showcased during the expo.
Tata Sierra concept EV
Tata Motors came into the AutoExpo with all guns blazing with 4 new EV models to name (including its first electric truck). Tata Sierra concept EV stole the show with a new facelift while still retaining some of its classic features such as the curvy rear end windows. Sierra EV is a legend reborn as its ICE counterpart was once the flagship SUV of Tata motors in the 1990s. A comprehensive list of specifications is yet to be released officially.
Tata Nexon EV
Nexon EV was first unveiled by TATA Motors on 19th Dec 2019 and included in this year’s showcase at AutoExpo 2020. Bookings are open for the compact SUV. Nexon EV features a 30.2 kW battery pack that is capable of extracting a range of over 300 km, as claimed by the company on the basis of internal tests.
Tata Altroz EV
The electric version of Altroz was highly anticipated to be showcased at AutoExpo 2020 after its debut at Geneva Motor Show in 2019. The premium hatchback looks quite the same as its ICE counterpart and has been built on TATA’s ‘Agile Light Flexible Advanced’ (ALFA) Architecture. The EV has a targeted range of 250-300 km and will be powered by a Permanent Magnet AC motor.
Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e Concept
Maruti Suzuki is all geared up for the future with “Futuro-e”. The face of Maruti Suzuki’s “Mission green million”, Futuro-e has been presented at AutoExpo 2020 as a concept SUV flaunting an aerodynamic design. This concept vehicle is also a design preview as to what Maruti Suzuki vehicles would look like in the future.
MG Marvel X
With its ZS EV marking a good number of bookings in India, MG comes with another EV reveal – Marvel X. MG claims that Marvel X will be an autonomous electric car, in fact, the first mass-production model to achieve Level 3 autonomy. If Hector had built-in AI, Marvel X is going to have a Professor X built into it.
This two-seater compact EV with a range of 210 km is built for busy roads. The design helps the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle easily. E200 is powered by 29kW PMSM and is capable of hitting a top speed of 100 km/h.
MG eMG 6 (Plug-in Hybrid)
eMG 6 made its debut at 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show. It is a plug-in hybrid version of the MG 6 sedan and comes with a 1.5 litre three-cylinder IC engine. When run solely on electric motor, the car can go a distance of 53 km. Currently, MG has no plans to launch the EV in India anytime soon.
One of the pioneers of EV space in India, Mahindra showcased 4 new Electric models at AutoExpo. eKUV100, that promises a 150 km range for a single charge, is the most economical of the four (the price for Atom is not official yet). eKUV100 comes with a 54.4hp electric motor and at a price tag of INR 8.5 Lakhs.
Mahindra Funster concept
“Funster” is a fun concept vehicle. It is a hardtop convertible that houses a 313hp motor that goes from 0-100 km/h in 5 seconds, boasts of a top speed of 200 km/h and a range of 520 km.
Built on Mahindra’s powertrain architecture, Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture (MESMA), eXUV300 won’t hit the market till mid-2021.
Atom invokes Nano’s first reveal as this mini-sized EV concept by Mahindra takes shape of a tiny SUV with a considerable headroom and spacious interiors. Atom will be powered by Mahindra’s own drive system and has been presented as a last-mile connectivity vehicle. The EV is expected to go in production soon.
Crozz is a member of the ever-growing I.D. family of Volkswagen, which encompasses all of their EVs. Crozz is categorised as a performance EV. During Chicago’s Auto Expo held last week, VW Vice President Hein Schafer gave a rough estimate of $33,000 when asked about the starting price for Crozz. No launch date has been announced yet.
GWM Ora R1
Not to be confused with BMW, or GMW (Gayam Motor Works), GWM – Great Wall Motors is the largest SUV and pickup truck manufacturer in China. They’re making their debut in AutoExpo 2020. With a tagline that promises to offer the “most affordable” electric car, Ora R1 grabbed many eyeballs and is easily one of the show stoppers at AutoExpo.
Haval Vision 2025 (GWM)
Haval Vision 2025 by GWM boasts of 5G connectivity, advanced autonomy, Augmented Reality head-up display and much more. The Chinese carmaker is planning to roll out this model by 2025.
Kia Soul EV
Soul is Kia’s first-ever EV, so the stakes are pretty high here. The EV was first showcased at 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show. There is no confirmation yet on when it would be commercialized in India, sources suggest that it wouldn’t be any time soon as Kia has other plans racked up for 2020.
Renault K-ZE is an all-electric version of the French automobile manufacturer’s previously released Kwid. K-ZE comes with a 44hp electric motor, a 26.8kWh battery pack and range of 271 km.
Renault Symbioz Concept
Not limiting their 2020 with a facelift of a Kwid, Renault has announced a new concept vehicle made for the future. With a futuristic design, the Symbioz comes with luxurious interiors and self-drive. Even though a detailed list for specifications is yet to be announced, reports speculate a medium-range performance vehicle.
Renault claims that Zoe will be the world’s best selling EV. The compact electric car is available in the European market and is among the more affordable EVs with a range of around 400 km.
EQC is a typical Mercedes Benz SUV but with an electric motor. Based on looks, it is clear that Mercedes hasn’t compromised on luxury. EQC generates a torque of as much as 760 Nm and claims a range of 470 km.
Powered by a 20.99kWh battery pack with a PMSM motor, E1 is expected to go as far as 202 km on a single charge. The car is expected to roll out in the year 2022.