The electric vehicle bug has stung every big name in the automobile market. These companies are working day and night to bring out their finest fleet of electric cars at a reasonable price. Well, Mahindra is one of them. Over the years this company has produced some of the best cars in the industry and has already made its name among the middle-class in India. Mahindra has also tried its hand in the electric segment. Recently Mahindra has announced that it will be expanding its electric vehicle convoy with the market launch of the eKUV100 around April-June 2020.
Mahindra has declared that the electric hatchback eKUV100 will be placed under ₹9 lakhs and will have a range of 100-150 km on a full charge. The production form of Mahindra eKUV100 will be unveiled at the upcoming edition of the biennial motor show, The Auto Expo 2020. The concept form of the car was showcased in the 2018 AutoExpo.
With this price tag, the Mahindra eKUV100 will become the most affordable EV in the Indian market though it is still in doubt whether the final price is inclusive of the Indian government’s FAME 2 (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) subsidies for commercial electric vehicles or not. The new Mahindra is priced lower than its own sibling the eVerito, as well as the Tata Tigor EV which are currently priced at Rs 10.39 lakh(ex-showroom price Delhi) and Rs 9.54 lakh(Ex-showroom price Delhi). These prices are inclusive of Indian government policy.
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The Mahindra eKUV100 is expected to have a 40kW (54.4hp) electric motor powering the front wheels through a single-speed automatic transmission. The battery will most probably be a 15.9kWh unit, which can be fully charged in 5hr 45min with a regular AC charger.
With the right price and specifications here we might actually be looking at the ideal EV in the Indian market. But will it sustain the tough competition against Tata Nexon EV, upcoming Maruti Suzuki XL5 and FuturoE? Well, let time be the judge for that.
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