With many around the world opting for more sustainable, environment-friendly vehicle options, India is just beginning to realize the potential of electrical vehicles. With an impressive 20% increase in the sales of electric vehicles in India in 2019-2020, we see electric vehicle news catching on, and car manufacturers are working harder to meet the rising demand for battery-operated vehicles.
Electric cars, like any other form of electric vehicular technology, are a fun, practical, and responsible choice. They are great because they are better for the environment as they have 0 exhaust emissions, they use renewable source of energy like solar power and cost lesser than fuel-driven vehicles.
If you are planning to buy a new car and toying with the thought that this one is an electric car, here are some of the best EV options available currently in the Indian market. While the price range might vary depending on your location, the details on other aspects are quite consistent.
Top Electric Cars In India
1. Tata Nexon EV
Featuring a 3 Phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, the Nexon EV is the first homegrown fully-electric compact SUV. One of the most impressive SUVs at present, this car comes with a Ziptron EV technology. A Li-ion polymer battery that contains liquid cooling that keeps temperature relatively low despite driving for a long time, is one of the defining features of the Tata Nexon EV.
Though it relies on electricity, this car can generate a powerful 124 bhp, with a range of 312 kilometers. The home charge takes about 8 hours to charge completely while fast-charging Nexon EV batteries cover 80% charge in just 60 minutes.
- Battery Capacity- 30.2 kWh
- Distance- 312km/full charge
- Recharge Time- 80% charge in 60 minutes using a fast charger
- Price- Starting from Rs.13.99 lakh
2. MG ZS EV
A British brand, MG offers a premium EV option that is powered with a similar motor to that of the Tata Nexon.
In an impressive design, this SUV is power-packed with features like diamond-cut alloy wheels, a 448-liter boot space, powerful electric steering, and environment-friendly cues like windmills.
The MG ZS EV offers a distance of 340 km on a single charge and allows fast-charging from 0-80% in about 50 minutes. Normal charging takes about 6-8 hours. MG also provides 7KW home charging solutions included in the vehicle purchase.
- Battery Capacity- 44.5 kWh
- Distance- 340km/full charge
- Recharge Time- 80% charge in 50 minutes using a fast charger
- Price- Starting from Rs.20.88 lakh
3. Tata Tigor EV
A compact electric sedan by design, Tata Tigor EV is powered by a 3 Phase AC induction motor. This electric car offers a host of features like a 5.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system and 310-liter boot space that is very handy to store luggage.
With a limited top speed, the Tigor EV can reach a maximum speed of 80 kmph. This electric car comes with 2 charging options; the fast-charging recharges the battery to 80% in 2 hours, while the regular charger takes 12 hours for a full charge.
- Battery Capacity- 21.5kWh
- Distance- 142km/full charge
- Recharge Time- Fast charging to 80% in 90 minutes
- Price- Starting from Rs.9.54 lakh
4. Hyundai Kona Electric
The first electric offering to the country by Korean manufacturers, Hyundai Kona features the latest technology designed for maximum comfort. The Kona electric is designed with an advanced Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) and has an impressive pick-up speed supporting a 452 km mileage.
The Kona Electric is equipped with fast charging that can charge up to 80% in 60 minutes and takes around 6 hours to fully charge through a household wall charger.
- Battery Capacity- 39.2kWh
- Distance- 452km/full charge
- Recharge Time- Fast-charging to 80% in 60 minutes
- Price- Starting from Rs.23.71 lakh
5. Mahindra e20Plus
Perfect for a daily commute vehicle, the Mahindra e20Plus comes with a smaller frame and many color options.
Designed with a 3 Phase AC induction motor, this electric vehicle is fitted with a lithium-ion battery that weighs around 84kgs. With a relatively lower powered functioning than its contemporaries, this car is still neat in design and is good value for money. The Mahindra e20Plus charges on a fast charger to 80% in 75 minutes and takes 6 hours to charge fully using a regular charger.
- Battery Capacity- 10.08kWh
- Distance- 999km/full charge
- Recharge Time- Fast charging to 80% in 75 minutes
- Price- Starting from Rs.7.57 lakh
6. Mahindra e-Verito
A variation of the Mahindra e20Plus, the Mahindra e-Verito is both similar and different to the e20Plus. The e-Verito is designed as a sedan equipped with a similar AC induction, 3 Phase motor.
This vehicle, however, offers a 510-liter boot space (a definite upgrade from the e20Plus) with a larger luggage bearing capacity. With elegant interiors and exteriors, this electric vehicle is powered lower than its other variants. A very economical option, the e-Verito electro-hydraulic power steering, tubeless steel wheels, and airbags for safety.
- Battery Capacity- 21.2kWh
- Distance- 140km/full charge
- Recharge Time- Fast charging to 80% in 1 hr 45 mins
- Price- Starting from Rs.10.11 lakh
For those of you who are willing to wait, there are some exciting options for electric cars opening up in the next couple of years. Some of the other electric cars to be on a lookout for are those that carry some excellent features in electrical vehicles in India like:
- Tata Tiago EV
- Mahindra e-KUV100
- Nissan Leaf
- Mahindra XUV 300 EV
To choose your electric car wisely, be sure to consider your usage and individual needs. Common to all-electric vehicles, opting for an electric car is a great way to strike a balance by doing your bit for the environment and yet taking on an economic, low-maintenance responsibility of a vehicle.