By now you must have surely heard that the future of the auto industry is electric. With soaring fuel prices and the increasing strain on natural resources like fossil fuels, an all-electric future seems certain. While the world was quick to adopt electric Automotives from technology companies like Tesla, early 2019 witnessed electric cars starting to gain traction in India.
The Indian audience has started to appreciate the importance and usefulness of switching to electric cars for sustainability. Newer models have been introduced by existing manufacturers. Tata, Hyundai and Morris Garage (MG) are some of the manufacturers that have landed products that are gaining a positive response.
Since the technology is new and developing, affordable options are yet to be available in the market. However, regulations require these electric vehicles to be registered and covered by mandatory car insurance
just like standard internal combustion (IC) vehicles.
If you are in the market looking for a new electric vehicle, here are options that you can consider while also keeping an eye on the upcoming models this year.
Tata Nexon EV
The electric cars in the existing market operate using lithium-ion polymer batteries that can provide energy but also produce heat. Tata has smartly managed to integrate liquid cooling technology into its battery to keep the temperature low and preserve battery health. It also sports a three-phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PGMS) which is impressive on the technology front. Despite being not a hybrid vehicle and an all-electric car, it can generate peak power (127 bhp) from its 30.2 kWh battery capacity. For all those range-anxious buyers, the Nexon EV
travels 312 km on a full charge. *
MG ZS EV
If you are looking for a premium EV, look no further than the MG ZS EV. MG is a British manufacturer that launched the ZS EV in early 2020, which is based on the sustainability principles of an EV, the performance of a sports car, and the practicality of an SUV. If you are someone looking to check all those three boxes at once, the MG ZS EV can be one of the best electric car in India to go for. The ZS EV does all things right, the way Nexon EV does while taking some aspects to the next level, such as the battery capacity (50.3 kWh) and the driving range (461 km on a full charge with 280 Nm of torque and 176.75 PS of max power output). *
Tata Tigor EV
Another offering from the house of Tata is the Tigor EV. After the success of its IC variant, Tata decided to come up with the Tigor EV, especially after the consideration of the demand received for the Nexon EV. The Tigor sports the same Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor of the Nexon EV, but with a 26 kWh battery and an ARAI-certified range of 306 kms. It is one of the most affordable electric cars that you can presently buy. *
Hyundai Kona Electric
The Kona Electric is an impressive offering from the Korean manufacturer, going from 0 to 100 kmph in well under the 10-second mark. Other than a long ARAI-certified range of 452 kms, the Kona Electric has a 39.2 kWh battery capacity to churn 136 PS of max power at 295 Nm of torque.
While these are some of the top electric cars in India as of the time of writing this article, there are a few notable vehicle launches to keep an eye on, such as the Tata Tiago EV, Mahindra e-KUV 100, Nissan Leaf, Mahindra XUV 300, Maruti WagonR Electric, and many more. *
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