With the ever-increasing fuel prices, one question that comes to our minds is: Is it the right time to switch to an EV? Well, answer to that, might vary person to person. Do let us know about your thoughts in the comments section below. We have been through the best mileage petrol and diesel cars. Now its time to take a look at the electric cars that take the burden of range anxiety off our shoulders. It’s the 2021 edition of best range electric cars in India. Let’s get electrified.
First, let’s take a look at the Cost per Km
For this calculation, we’ll be considering the 3.3kW AC charger that can be used at homes. As for the price per unit of electricity, we’ll be considering ₹8 per unit. A 3.3kW charger will use 3.3 units per hour. So, if an electric car takes 5 hours to charge, it will use 3.3×5=16.5 units. Now, as we’re done with the maths, let’s take a look at how much money the cars will be draining out of your pocket.
Best Range EVs | Cost Per Kilometer
|Models||Range (Kms)||Cost Per Kilometer (₹)|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||452||0.52|
|MG ZS EV||340||0.62|
|Tata Nexon EV||312||0.71|
|Tata Tigor EV||213||1.42|
|Mahindra e2o Plus||140||1.41|
So, now we know that EVs do cost a lot less when compared to the engine counterparts. Even the costliest on the list is spending half on every kilometer travelled. Now, let’s list down the cars and get to some details.
Hyundai Kona Electric
India’s first electric SUV, made in Korea, Kona began the premium EV segment in India. The 136ps Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) along with 39.2kWh battery provides you 452kms of range. Now, that’s enough to travel from Delhi to Jaipur, visit a few places there, charge your Kona and get back to the office the next day. About the charging time, with the normal AC charger, 0-100% is done in 6 hours and 10 mins. And if you are able to get a hold of a DC fast charger, all it takes is 57 minutes.
The costliest on the list when it comes to the initial pricing. If you have ₹1,04,06,640 in excess, you can get the ultra-premium, powerful, electric SUV in your garage. The 300kW motor using the 4MATIC drives all the four wheels with a power of 408hp. With great power comes greater charging time. It takes over 21 hours for the battery pack to juice up to 100%. You can also use the 7.4kW charger that company provides and reduce this charging time by 10 hours.
MG ZS EV
Second offering from Chinese-owned British brand, ZS EV is one of the few electric SUVs in India. The 142.7ps motor is capable of producing 350Nm of torque and has a range of 340kms. The charging time is anywhere between 6-8 hours.
Tata Nexon EV
India’s first indigenous electric SUV, Nexon’s electric avatar is one of the best selling EVs in India with a hold of over 70% in the segment. Fun Fact: The Tata Nexon EV zooms from 0 to 100kmph in 9.9 seconds, all thanks to 245Nm of instant torque that the 129ps motor has to offer. Moreover, the Nexon EV is cheapest electric SUV available in India, yet! For the charging time, you will have to wait of 8.5 hours for the EV to get charged. You can also go for the fast DC chargers which reduce charging time to just 60 minutes.
Tata Tigor EV
It has been one of the favourite electric sedans when it comes electric taxis. The induction motor producing 30kW of power allow the sedan to cover 213kms at full charge. And to juice the battery back to 100%, it takes 11.5 hours.
It is also a popular sedan among the electric taxis. But when it comes to range and power, it surely lacks behind Tigor EV. It has a range of 110kms and takes around 8 hours and 45 minutes to fully charge. Therefore, Tigor EV surely seems to be a better choice.
Mahindra e2o Plus
India’s first electric car, Reva, which began the EV-olution when it was actually COOL. And based on it, e2o is the current electric car, and the cheapest one on the list. With 140kms on range meter and 7 hours 20 mins of charging time, e2o makes it on the list of best range electric cars in India.
So, this was all for the best range electric cars in India. What do you think? Should we start switching to EV now? Or will you still wait for petrol/diesel charges to skyrocket? Do let us know in the comments section below.