Best electric cars you can buy in India right now (July 2021) | 91mobiles.com
The electric vehicle revolution has hogged the limelight when it comes to two-wheelers and three-wheelers in India. But even today you only have a handful of full-fledged electric vehicles (EV) that can be considered as a solid option for daily commute. For EVs to succeed, you need the right mix of charging stations, long-range to negate the use of chargers, and the road infrastructure to manage its running. Thankfully, the handful of electric cars currently in India come from renowned automakers like Tata Motors, Hyundai, and even Mercedes-Benz. So if you are in the market for the best electric car in India, here’s a list for you.
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Best electric cars to buy in India
1. Tata Tigor EV
Tigor EV is the most affordable electric car you buy in India right now. Tata Motors initially sold the sedan to commercial buyers. But now it has decided to let consumers buy the car as well. Speaking of which, the upgraded or consumer Tigor EV gets a battery capacity of 21.5kWh that produces 41hp of power and 105Nm of torque. As for the range, Tata Motors claims Tigor EV can run up to 213 km ARAI-certified on a single charge. The built-in battery takes up to 12 hours for charging using the home power outlet. But with DC fast chargers, you can be up and running in just 2 hours.
Tigor EV price in India starts from Rs 9,58,375 in the country thanks to various EV-centric benefits and subsidies offered.
2. Tata Nexon EV
Another Tata EV on our list is the Nexon EV. This is the electric avatar of the popular fuel-based, mid-sized SUV from the auto brand. As you might have guessed, the bigger car means more power under the hood and longer range. The SUV packs a 30.2kWh battery which offers 129hp of power and 245Nm of torque. This translates into a quick zip from 0 to 60km/hr. The SUV is noiseless so you need to mentally prepare while driving it on busy streets. Tata Motors claims a full driving range of 312km on a single charge but that depends on the road, traffic, driving and weather conditions. The battery gets fully charged in 8.5 hours with the regular AC charger. And with the faster-charging unit, it goes from 10 to 90 percent in an hour.
Tata Nexon EV is available in the country starting from Rs 13.99 lakh.
3. MG ZS EV
MG Motors debuted in India a few years back with the ZS SUV. And just like Tata Motors, it brought the EV version of the same model. The price range goes up, which invariably means more range in the dock. The ZS EV features a 44.5kWh battery that pushes 143hp of power and 353Nm of torque which is quite impressive. You get a claimed range of 419km on a single charge. However, having a bigger battery pack implies charging through the AC unit takes up to 18 hours. But with its standard fast charger, ZS EV takes less than an hour to juice up. As you might have thought, ZS EV gets a price tag of 21 lakh, going up to 25 lakh with the top variant.
4. Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai is a popular name among buyers in the car market. But EVs are still unchartered territory for most people in the country. It has tested waters with the Kona Electric SUV, launched a few years back, for Rs 23.76 lakh. Kona comes with a 39kWh battery that is smaller than what you get with the MG ZS EV. But Hyundai has made no compromise on its power and torque figures that stand at 136hp and 395Nm, respectively. Using a regular power outlet at home, Kona’s battery takes 18 hours to fully charge. And with a DC fast charger, that figure comes down to 60 minutes. Hyundai says Kona Electric can do 452 Km on one charge but real-time numbers could be different.
5. Mercedes-Benz EQC
Most people might call Kona Electric at over Rs 23 lakh as a premium EV. So, for the EQC from Mercedes-Benz, we call it the uber-premium EV. This electric four-wheeler gives you the size, range, power, and class with a price tag of Rs 1.04 crore. But sadly, that does not translate into a higher range figure. The 80kWh battery on the EQC gives you 408hp of power, 760Nm of torque, and a claimed range of up to 414km, which is lower than both ZS EV as well as the Kona Electric. And with the speed figures mentioned, that battery will be lucky to cross even half of its claimed range. The built-in unit charges in about 40 minutes using DC fast charger. And with the home power socket, it goes from 0 to 100 percent in over 20 hours, which is a long time.
6. Jaguar I-Pace
Last on the list comes from Jaguar with another premium EV for buyers. It has got the best of everything, including range but its fast charging ability pales in front of the others in the segment. I-Pace packs a 90kWh battery which takes 13 hours to full charge at regular speed. But even with a DC fast charger, it takes 2 hours, which should be faster. The battery helps the SUV produce 400hp of power and 696Nm of torque. But the good thing about having a bigger battery is the claimed range stands around 470km.
For all this, Jaguar I-Pace costs Rs 1.06 crore and higher in the market.
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