At the moment, there are only two passenger cars – the Mahindra e2O and Mahindra eVerito – and a handful of commercial vehicles that are electrically powered in India, such as the Mahindra eSupro. Tata is in the process of developing a few commercial vehicles such as the Tata Magic Iris electric and a few buses.
However, the Indian automotive landscape can change in the next three years. Here is a list of likely electric cars that you will see by 2020 in India.
Mahindra KUV100 Electric
Mahindra has said it will produce a range of electric powertrains ranging from 41PS to 205PS of power, which will suit a range of vehicles in its portfolio.
Tata Nano EV
Tata Tigor & Tiago EV
Tata Motors European Technical Centre has already developed a Tata Tiago EV, which has an 85KW (115 PS) motor that produces 200 Nm of torque. It can reportedly go from 0-100 kmph in 11 seconds and touch a top speed of 135 kmph. It has a range of about 100 km per charge. Tata has indicated prices of just over Rs 11 lakh for the Tigor EV it will be supplying to the government.
Tesla Model 3
Mean Metal Motors M-Zero
Maruti, India’s largest carmaker meanwhile, is planning on building electric cars at a new factory in Gujarat. Details of which models will go electric are sketchy at the moment. Last year, it has showcased a Suzuki Swift range extender (electric vehicle with a petrol motor to charge the batteries), but no details of its launch are known.