Hi, Friends Welcome to MasterjiTips The present government is giving a big push to Electric Vehicles (EV) in India. However even a tax deduction of Rs.1.5 lakh on interest taken on loan to buy electric vehicles, it has yet to catch on in the country. There are only about 4,000 Electric Vehicles sold in India, which is about 0.1% of close to 3.5 mn cars sold in the last year.
All Electric Vehicles are exempted from taxes to the Karnataka government, while the Delhi govt has waived off-road tax and registration charges.
Pros for Electric Vehicles
a. It is an environmental friendly option since they produce no toxic emissions.
b. Less maintenance cost, since it has fewer components than an Internal Combustion engine car.
c. Less charging cost in comparison to refilling with fuels.
Cons for Electric Vehicles
a. High initial cost
b. Only few charging stations available across the country
c. Cannot travel more than 100km without re-charging
d. May need to be charged for upto 8 hours
e. Lower mileage with AC and lights on
e. Required to change the battery after 5-6 years, with a high cost of Rs.1.5-2 lakh.
The following models of Electric Cars have been launched from various manufacturers.
(1.) Tata Nexon Electric Vehicles
It is available in the range of Rs.14-16 lakh/-. It is available in three variants: XM, XZ+, and XZ+ Lux. The EV features the new Ziptron powertrain, producing 129PS/245Nm with a 30.2kWh battery pack, which powers the SUV from 0-100kmph in 9.9 seconds and a range of 312km as per ARAI. It also supports fast charging for a 0-80% charge in less than an hour.
(2.) Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicles
It costs around Rs. 24 lakh/- and has an efficiency of 452km as per ARAI. Its electric motor churns out 136PS and 395Nm. It can do 0-100kmph in 9.7 seconds and powers upto 154kmph. The motor is connected to a 39.2kWh battery pack and supports fast charging which charges the battery from 0-80 per cent in 57 minutes.
(3.) Tata Tigor Electric Vehicles
It is available in the range of Rs. 9-10 lakh/- and currently available only to fleet operators. The EV claims a range of 140km and has 3 variants XM, XT and XT Plus. It produces 105Nm with a 21.5 kWh battery and has a fast charging time(0-80% with 15KW charger) of 2 hours. Tata Motors will soon launch in March 2020 a revamped Tigor EV with an increased range of 200km for private car owners.
(4.) Mahindra E Verito
Its cost starts from Rs.13 lakh/- onwards and has 3 variants E Verito D2, E Verito D4 and E Verito D6. The EV is a 5-seater sedan with a 510 litre boot. It lasts for 110 km per charge and can reach a maximum speed of 86 kmph. It is powered by a 41 bhp 72 volt electric motor, which normally fully charges in 8 hours. However the top-end variant has a Quick Charge facility that charges it in 1:45 hours.
(5.) Mahindra e2oPlus
It starts from Rs.6 lakh/- onwards and is an electric 4 seater hatchback car. The EV comes with manual and automatic transmission. It is available in 2 variants, e2oPlus P4 and e2oPlus P6 and provides 110Km per charge. Its 210AH Lithium-Ion battery normally takes 9 hours to charge or 90 minutes with the fast-charging option.
(6.) MG ZS EV
MG ZS EV SUV is available in two variants, ZS EV Excite and ZS EV Exclusive with a starting price of Rs 20.88 lakh. In India, it is strongly pitted against the Hyundai Kona Electric. Its motor develops a power of 143PS and 353Nm, connected to an IP67 rated 44.5kWh battery pack. MG Motors claims that the ZS EV can do 340KM in a single charge. Its fast charging allows the battery to charge from 0-80 percent in 50 minutes using a DC fast charger.
(7.) Mahindra eKUV100
The recently launched EV costs around Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom). It claims a range of 140KM for a single charge. Owing to the fast charging option, it can be powered up to 80 per cent in less than one hour. All the specifications are not yet available but it should be one of the most affordable EVs alongside the Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor EV.
In addition, hybrid cars are also available.
(1.) MG Hector
3 Hybrid 1.5 versions of (Electric + Petrol), Super, Smart and Sharp are available and are in the range of Rs.14-16.5lakh/-.
(2.) Toyota Glanza
Its G Hybrid variant (Electric+Petrol) costs about Rs.7.29 lakh/-. It has manual transmission. It produces 89bhp@6000rpm and a torque of 113Nm@4400rpm.
(3.) Toyota Prius
It actually costs about ₹8 lakh but with the customs duties and other taxes, it costs ₹45 lakh. The (Electric + Petrol) Hybrid Z8 variant has a maximum power of 96.55bhp@5200rpm and torque of 142Nm@3600rpm.
(4.) BMW 7 Series
It has a hybrid version, 745Le xDriven (Electric + Petrol) which is available for Rs.1.66 Crore/-. The high end sedan produces 282 bhp@5000rpm and 450Nm@1380rpm.
(5.) Lexus LC 500h
The LC500 sports car has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs 1.96 crore. Its 3.5 litre V6 petrol motor combines with an electric motor to produce an output of 359PS of power and 348Nm of torque. An extremely sleek luxury sports coupe, it claims a 0-100kph time of 4.7seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250kph.
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