Given the current ongoing Indian automotive industry slowdown, many manufacturers have backed out from participating in the next edition of one of the largest auto shows in Asia, the Auto Expo 2020.
However, we still expect the event to be action-packed since a host of manufacturers will be presenting their future cars and technologies, which includes EVs as well.
Top manufacturers globally are continuing to give in to the growing trend of green, eco-friendly vehicles and here is a list of 8 out of all of those EVs, that we will get to witness at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The first product to be launched featuring Tata’s Ziptron Electric Vehicle technology will be the fully-electric version of the Nexon sub-compact SUV. The car is all set to be revealed on December 16 and will be making its official debut at the Auto Expo next year.
Touted as the safest SUV in India, the electric version of the car has already proved its capabilities on one of the toughest routes in India – Manali to Leh. Driven by actor Milind Soman and his wife Ankita Konwar, the drive has been documented through a video series on Youtube titled ‘The Ultimate Electric Drive’.
Tata Motors confirmed that the upcoming Nexon EV will have a driving range of around 300 km, and will come equipped with an IP67 rated lithium-ion battery. We expect Tata to price it between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 17 lakh.
Tata dealerships across the country have already started accepting pre-bookings of the upcoming Altroz premium hatchback, with the car set to be launched in January 2020. However, the car will be offered with a set of BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engine options for now.
However, a fully-electric version of the Altroz hatch is also on the cards. The second car to be based on the Ziptron technology will be making its first public appearance at the 2020 Auto Expo, and Tata has confirmed that it will be launched later, in 2021.
The Nexon is certainly not the only sub-4m SUV in India set to head the electric way. Mahindra is also readying an electric version of the XUV300 to go up against the Nexon EV, which will likely be launched in 2021.
Reportedly, the all-electric XUV300 will be powered by a 40kWh battery pack producing around 130hp and serving a driving range of around 300 km. The said battery pack will also come with DC fast charging capabilities.
With the e2o and e20+ electric hatchbacks being taken off the shelves by Mahindra earlier this year due to not being able to comply with the current safety norms, the Indian carmaker has high hopes from the eKUV100, a fully-electric version of the KUV100 hatchback.
Powering the eKUV100 will be a 15.9kWh battery, producing 54.4hp of power and 120Nm of torque. The battery will have a range of 120km and can be fully charged in just 55 minutes via a fast charger.
Mahindra had earlier showcased the eKUV100 at the 2018 Auto Expo, with Dr. Pawan Goenka himself confirming a 2019 launch. However, the launch has now been pushed to 2020 and we will get the first glimpse at the near-production version of the eKUV100 at 2020 Auto Expo.
MG Motor launched the ZS EV in the foreign markets earlier this year, and now the British-origin carmaker is looking to bring the car to India. The official MG Motor India website already has the EV listed alongside the Hector SUV and is scheduled to be launched on December 5.
MG offers the ZS EV globally with a 44.5 kWh lithium-ion battery paired with a front-mounted electric motor that puts out 141hp of max power and 353Nm peak torque. The electric SUV is capable of reaching the speed of 100kmph from standstill in just 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 140kmph.
Upon launch in India, the ZS EV will be pit against the Hyundai Kona electric.
India’s largest passenger vehicle manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki also wants a piece of the ‘EV’ pie. The carmaker is already testing 50 Japanese-spec Wagon Rs in different climatic conditions all around the country.
However, the Wagon R EV will likely share its styling with the India-spec model, when it is revealed next year at the 2020 Auto Expo. We hope Maruti Suzuki keeps the price tag of the electric Wagon R under Rs 10 lakh, making it a budget-friendly offering.
Internationally, Kia’s Soul EV is powered by a 64kWh battery with an estimated range of 243 miles, which converts to 391 km! Surprisingly, the electric motor also generates 201hp of maximum power and 395Nm peak torque, which can make the cargo from 0-100kmph in just 7.9 seconds.
The Soul EV was first showcased and continues to be a part of Kia’s experience center in Gurugram called the BEAT360. Reportedly, the Korean carmaker also plans to include the Soul EV in its 2020 Auto Expo lineup.
Renault retails a fully-electric version of the Kwid in the Chinese market, under the ‘City K-ZE’ moniker. The car comes with a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery with the power figures rated at 43.3hp/125Nm and has a claimed range of 271 km.
The starting price of the City K-ZE in China is set at 61,800 Chinese Yuan, which is about Rs 6.30 lakh in Indian currency. Renault will be unveiling the car in India at the Auto Expo next year, and expect the French carmaker to launch the car in the country in a couple of years.
The Kwid EV will likely be priced under Rs 10 lakh and will put up against the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV and the Mahindra eKUV100 upon launch.