If you’re looking for upcoming electric cars in India, then you’ve come to the right place.
I understand the confusion of a modern millennial Indian when it comes to buying a car in 2019. Several of my friends have asked me ‘Is it worth it to buy an electric car over petrol in India’ or ‘Should we choose a CNG or diesel option for better efficiency or wait for an affordable electric car?’
Let me tell you, there are many but the answer to all of them is very simple. Yes, you should consider buying an electric car in India because the Indian government is offering heavy subsidies to the manufacturers as well as the buyers of electric cars in 2019.
Also, to answer the next question, yes, you should wait for an affordable EV before considering buying a petrol or diesel car. To convince you guys to shift to electric, here are all the upcoming electric cars in India coming in 2019 and 2020.
Best Upcoming Electric Cars In India
1. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Electric
Maruti Suzuki is always at the forefront of innovation. It is apparent with its plans to launch the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R electric car in 2020. The company is actively working on the upcoming Wagon R electric car. The car was spotted testing several times in the Gurgaon area of the Delhi-NCR region.
In terms of design, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R electric looks quite similar to the Wagon R stingray model, which was launched a while back. A test version of the Maruti Suzuki electric car seems to feature a charging socket at the front end.
Electric Wagon R will likely be priced at twice the price of the current Wagon R at Rs 12 lakh ex-showroom. The expected price was revealed by the Maruti chief himself, however, this happened way before the Indian Government introduced heavy subsidies for manufacturers and buyers of electric cars. So, the final price of the Wagon R electric will be somewhere in the sub Rs. 10 lakh range.
The range of the upcoming Wagon R electric will be somewhere between 200-300 km on a single charge. While the current Wagon R has a wide body in addition to being tall, the Wagon R electric will most likely feature a traditional tall-boy design.
2. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Electric
The popular Multipurpose Utility Vehicle from Maruti could get an electric treatment very soon. An anonymous source close to Maruti Suzuki claims the company is working on Ertiga Electric car. Needless to say, it will be one of the most awaited upcoming electric cars in India.
The Ertiga electric car will be different in dimensions compared to the conventional Ertiga. The revised dimensions will be done to accommodate the massive electric battery and motor to power the Ertiga electric car.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga electric car will launch after the Wagon R electric in 2020. Recently, Maruti has also confirmed that they will be focusing on CNG and hybrid vehicles first while working on fully electric cars in the background.
The company has also been working with Toyota Motor Co to develop hybrid vehicles. Maruti, Toshiba Corp, and Denso Corp have also been working to develop a locally made lithium-ion manufacturing plant in Gujrat, India.
The upcoming Ertiga Electric car will benefit from the research in this plant. The expected price of the Ertiga electric will lie in the premium segment.
3. Tata Motors Altroz Electric Car
Tata Motors has announced that they will be launching four new electric vehicles for India in a time span of 12 to 18 months. Tata Motors Altroz Electric is expected to be one of those upcoming electric cars in India. The electric car was revealed during the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland earlier this year.
Altroz Electric Car follows the design language of Tata Tiago hatchback. The upcoming EV for India has a range of 250-300 km on a single charge. For a small hatchback, this kind of range is enough. If you commute a total of 50km each day, on a single charge the battery of Altroz EV will last you for at least 5 days. Furthermore, the Altroz will only take 1 hour to charge from 0-80 percent, according to Tata Motors.
The price of the Tata Motors Altroz electric car hasn’t been revealed but it is likely to be in the Rs 10-12 lakh range, targeting Wagon R electric car.
4. Tata Tigor EV
This particular electric car from Tata is currently available for users to drive. Tata Motors has not made the car available to personal car buyers, however, you can snatch one up for the day using car rental services like Zoomcar.
Talking about the Tata Tigor Electric car itself, it looks just like the conventional EV. It has a 16.2 kWh battery capable of delivering up to 150 km/h. Although electric car enthusiasts might think that Tata Tigor EV must be faster than conventional Tigor but it is not true.
Tata Tigor will take around 6 hours to charge from 0% to 80%. However, with a DC fast charger, a similar amount of charging can be done in just 1.5 hours.
The Tigor EV is slower than the Tigor petrol AMT version due to a smaller battery and power output. Tata motors currently supplies this car to the government but several politicians have complained about a lack of power and efficiency in the electric car.
Tata Motors has promised to revamp the electric powertrain of the Tigor EV in the near future. The official car launch of the Tata Tigor EV will take place in the next 12 months. It’s expected that the price would be around Rs. 10 lakh. With this price point, Tata Tigor is one of the best upcoming electric cars in India.
5. Mahindra eXUV 300 Electric
Mahindra was one of the manufacturers that launched an electric car in India before any subsidies from the government became available. The first electric car from the manufacturer was Mahindra e2o which had a battery range of 120 km.
Mahindra eXUV 300 is a popular SUV in India from Mahindra. It sits below the famous XUV 500 which has been around for some time. Hence, it would be a great move to bring the electric model of XUV 300 to India.
Mahindra is currently planning three electric SUVs for India, including eKUV 100, eXUV 300 and an electric version of Ford Aspire that will wear a Mahindra badge. The eXUV 300 with a range of 350-400 km will launch in 2020. The size of the battery of eXUV is not known but it will be around 40kWh judging by the fact that a similar-sized SUV Hyundai Kona also has a 39.2 kWh battery.
The price of the Mahindra XUV 300 starts from Rs 8.1 lakh (ex-showroom), so we can expect the price of the eXUV 300 to be between Rs 15-16 lakh. If Mahindra can delier on solid battery range, then the eXUV might just become one of the best upcoming electric cars in India.
6. Mahindra eKUV 100
This upcoming electric car in India was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 held in Greater Noida. The Mahindra eKUV 100 looked exactly like the conventional Mahindra KUV 100, which is now in its second generation refresh. The eKUV 100 has a similar design language, alloy wheels, and a two-tone paint scheme as the current petrol/diesel KUV 100 model.
The Mahindra eKUV 100 is reported to have a 150 km range upon full charge. However, judging by the fact that even Tata Tigor EV, which is a sub-compact, has a similar claimed range of 150 km, the production version of Mahindra eKUV 100 will likely have a battery range. The Mahindra eKUV 100 will also have fast charging capabilities.
The launch date of the Mahindra eKUV 100 is expected to be sometime next year. It’s expected the price will be around Rs 10-12 lakh.
7. Ford/Mahindra Aspire Electric
An upcoming electric car from the joint venture between Ford and Mahindra will be the electric version of the Ford Aspire wearing a Mahindra badge. Ford joined hands with Mahindra to reduce costs in emerging markets like India and offer its products at a competitive price. Currently, both companies are working on a mid-size SUV for India.
A recent report confirmed that the upcoming Ford Aspire electric car will be a full-fledged sedan instead of the sub-compact SUV which is available in India. The 4.2 meter Ford Aspire sedan is currently manufactured in India but exported to other countries like South Africa.
A mule of the upcoming Aspire electric car was tested recently by a group of Auto Journalists. The car in question was fitted with the 72V battery system shared by the Mahindra e-Verito electric car. The Ford Aspire electric will likely have a 25 kWh battery pack that produces 81.5 BHP of power. The estimated battery range of the Aspire electric car is 150 km, however, Mahindra is targetting at least 200 km of battery range in the final production model.
The price of the Ford Aspire Sedan will be under Rs 15 lakh due to several recent subsidies from the government for the faster adoption of electric vehicles.
8. MG Motors eZS
Chinese owned British car company MG Motors has revealed eZS as their upcoming electric car in India. The eZS will be the second car launch from MG Motors in India, after Hector. MG Motors will also launch electric charging stations in India in collaboration with a Finnish company known as Fortum.
The eZS is currently available in the UK and will launch in India very soon. The UK version of the eZS is powered by a 44.5 kWh battery which is capable of producing 141 BHP and 353 Nm of instantaneous torque. MG Motors eZS has a range of 262 km of range.
Th eZS was recently spotted testing in India under heavy camouflage. According to the report, MG Motor is targetting a Q4 2019 launch for the eZS.
MG Motors also offers a seven-year warranty for the Lithium-ion battery in the UK version of eZS as well. The electric car from MG Motors is priced at around Rs 18-20 lakh or £21,495-23,495 in the UK.
9. Nissan Leaf
The second most famous electric car in the world is coming to India. Nissan Leaf is a name synonymous with environmentally-friendly vehicles. This car is a pop culture icon featured in several movies, TV shows, and a lot more.
Nissan Leaf was recently spotted testing in India with a Maharastra registered number plate. The Indian version of the Nissan Leaf will be powered by a 40 kWh battery capable of producing 148 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque. The Nissan Leaf Indian version will likely have a 400 km battery range. Hyundai Kona also uses a similar-sized battery with a 451 km of ARAI certified range.
However, just like Hyundai Kona, the Nissan Leaf will be an imported product and will cost around Rs 30 lakh in India.
10. Tata Nexon Electric SUV
Tata Nexon Electric SUV is one car among the four electric cars that Tata Motors plans to launch in the coming 12-18 months. Details on Tata Nexon Electric SUV are scarce, however, some clues can be drawn from the current from other cars in the company’s launch pipeline.
The Tata Altroz EV, for example, will have a 250-300 km range despite being a subcompact sedan. Tata Nexon is an SUV, hence its battery range will likely be more than 300 km after a full charge. This is good news for SUV lovers because Tata Nexon is one of the best selling cars in the stable of Tata motors.
The Nexon electric will also be based on Tata Motors’ IMPACT 2.0 design language accompanied by a Monocoque construction using lightweight and high tensile material. Almost all the latest cars from Tata Motors have had a great safety rating so expect the Tata Nexon Electric SUV to have a similarly high rating as well.
The current range of Tata Nexon SUV starts at Rs. 6.49 lakh, so we can expect the electric version of the car to retail at around Rs. 12-14 lakh.
11. Tata Tiago EV
Tata Tiago might very well be the fourth undisclosed electric car from Tata motors expected to launch in the next 18 months. It was showcased during the 2018 Auto Expo alongside Tata Tigor EV.
Similar to Tata Tigor Electric, the Tata Tiago EV is also powered by an identical 16.2 kWh electric battery. The resulting battery range on the Tata Tiago EV will be higher due to the smaller size of the car.
However, unlike the Tata Tigor EV which can be rented using the car rental services, the Tiago EV isn’t available yet.
The range of the Tata Tiago electric range will be somewhere between 180-230 km after a full charge. The Tata Tiago EV will get charged up to 80% from zero in just 1.5 hours using fast charging. Conventional charging will take around 6 hours to charge the car for up to 80%.
12. Hyundai Electric Car
After the successful launch of the Hyundai KONA electric SUV in India, the company is also planning to invest a sizeable amount of funds to make an affordable electric car-focused for the Indian audience.
This unannounced vehicle will take advantage of the amazing battery management system of Hyundai KONA combined with affordable auto parts available in India. For instance, the Indian version of Hyundai KONA electric SUV with a 39 kWh battery delivers 452 km of range while the same version offers only 238 km of range in other countries.
This is courtesy of the excellent battery management that Hyundai has utilized for the KONA. The company will likely employ the same technique to extract more juice out of the battery of its upcoming Indian focused electric car.
Details about the upcoming Hyundai electric car are scarce at the moment, however, we do know that it will be more affordable than Hyundai KONA electric SUV, which is currently priced at Rs. 23 lakh after government subsidies.
Furthermore, Hyundai will make its upcoming electric vehicle as either a compact sedan or a mini-SUV to further cut down on cost.
Upcoming Electric Cars in India in the Premium Segment
13. Audi e-Tron SUV
The first electric car from the Volkswagen owned Audi group was an SUV called e-Tron. The entire range of electric vehicles from Audi will be brought under the e-Tron banner in the coming years.
The e-Tron banner is available outside of India at a price point of around £71,490 or $86,853. According to a report, the car will be launched at a whopping Rs 1.2 crore on-road in India.
However, with such a huge price point, the battery range of the e-Tron SUV is not that impressive. The car only delivers a range of 400 km on a single charge, which is less than what Hyundai KONA electric SUV delivers that costs almost 1/4th worth of Audi e-Tron.
The Audi e-Tron has a liquid-cooled 95kWh which takes 8.5 hours to charge using an 11kWh charger. Two more charging options are available for Audi e-Tron outside of India. The Audi electric SUV can be charged using a 22kWh charger in under 4.5 hours and also using a super-fast 150kWh (0-80% charging) charger in under 30 minutes.
The Audi e-Tron is expected to launch in India by the last quarter of 2019.
14. Mercedes EQC
The Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC is a premium electric SUV from Mercedes which has a battery range of around 445-471 km on a full charge. This premium SUV has a battery capacity of 85 kWh and a top speed of around 180 km/h.
The Mercedes EQC is currently available in countries like the UK and Netherlands. It’s priced around £62,140 in the United Kingdom. So expect the car to launch in India with an on-road price of around Rs. 60-62 lakh.
In terms of value proposition, the Mercedes EQC is quite better than the Audi e-Tron which is expected to cost a whopping Rs. 1.2 crore, when launched in India.
The Mercedes EQC premium electric SUV will likely launch in India by July 2020.