We witnessed the launch of three electric cars in India namely Hyundai Kona, MG eZS and Tata Nexon EV in 2019. As proponents of clean mobility, we are eager to see a wider range of electric vehicles in the market for customers to choose. Though COVID crisis has disrupted the planned timelines and new product launches across the automobile industry, this article covers the electric cars (Strom R3, Altroz EV, eKUV100) we can expect to launch sooner than others.
All of these EVs are expected to be priced under INR 15 lakhs, as opposed to the premium cars of 2019 launched in the below mentioned price range.
Hyundai Kona – INR 23 -25 Lakhs
MG eZS – INR 20-23 Lakhs
Tata Nexon EV – INR 15-18 Lakhs
Also Read: Kona vs ZS vs Nexon EV | Detailed comparison
Compact, Unconventional and Unafraid to bet on the Future
Expected Price – INR 4.5 Lakhs | Range – 200 km for top model
Strom R3 has caught the attention of automobile enthusiasts since its unveiling at a Mumbai mall in 2018. Strom Motors was founded with an aim to speed up EV adoption in India. Consequently, this EV is pocket friendly, compact and offers a personal mobility solution for crowded metropolitan cities. Strom R3 belongs to L5 category. It has 2 doors, a large sunroof and is built on the reverse trike configuration (two wheels in front and one wheel at the back). The charging port is located at the rear of the vehicle as shown in the picture below and the EV can be charged in 3 hours. Strom Motors plans to include Automatic Vehicle Following System and Remote assisted Parking system in future models.
The interior design of this EV is simple and elegant. The car is IoT enabled and has a touch screen interface. It offers seating capacity for 2 and storage space in the front. The steering is stylish and the touch screen looks sleek like the screen of a premium mobile phone.
Tata Altroz EV
Smooth, Sublime and all set to make its mark
Expected Price – INR 10-12 Lakhs | Range – 250-300 km
Tata Altroz EV is the third electric car by Tata Motors after Nexon EV and e-Tigor. The target audience for EV would is personal car buyer, unlike Tigor EV which was targeted at corporate buyers. This car is derived from the premium hatchback Altroz that claims to be the safest car in its segment with a GNCAP 5-star rating. With DC fast charging, Altroz EV can be charged from 0-80% in an hour.
Altroz EV is built on TATA Motors’ ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture. Sporty silhouette, athletic stance and aerodynamic lines give the car a feeling of agility. The interiors of the Altroz EV have been laid out like a modern aero command centre with a seamless cockpit-like theme connected from end-to-end.
|Motor and gearbox||Permanent Magnet AC Motor with Single Speed gearbox|
|Charging time (0-80%)||60 minutes|
|Targeted Range||250 – 300 km|
Robust and Focussed
Expected Price – INR 8-10 Lakhs | Range – 147 km
One of the pioneers in the Indian EV space, Mahindra showcased eKUV100 at AutoExpo 2020. The car promises a silent and zippy drive. eKUV100 will feature a liquid-cooled battery and promises to be India’s most affordable electric SUV.
KUV100 has received a rating of 4 stars in the Global NCAP Crash Test, implying that eKUV100 is also likely to be a high safety rated vehicle.
Mahindra and Ford’s Aspire EV
Supreme sedan experience
Ford and Mahindra had announced a Joint Venture in 2019 and according to a Hindu report, Aspire EV will be the first vehicle to come out of this strategic partnership. This car will be initially targeted at corporate buyers as a fleet vehicle. Aspire EV will be a full-size sedan (4.2 meters long) and come with a bigger boot as compared to Ford Aspire available in the Indian market.
We will update this space as official updates are released on the launch plans, specifications and pricing of the car.