India is moving towards adopting a zero-emission vehicle ecosystem. Even various states and central governments are planning to give incentives to both end consumers and manufacturers to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.
It is no exaggeration to say that the market is warming up to these new era vehicles thanks to work by brands such as Ather, Ola Electric and MG Motors. And while the number of electric motorcycles in India has increased exponentially with the introduction of Ora’s S1 and S1 Pro, it’s not only affordable, but now one such product that doesn’t seem to be. What we are waiting for is the electric vehicle segment, which compromises in terms of range and build quality.
South Korean brand Hyundai and its sub-brand Kia are reportedly planning to introduce as many as six new electric vehicles to the Indian market over the next three years, inspired by growing requirements.
Report by Car india Both brands have launched three cars each, which may look unique, but suggest that they share parts internally.
Future electric car in India
Of the six cars to be launched in India over the next few years, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 will be available in 2022, according to the report. In terms of specifications, both cars could be equipped with 350kV fast charging support to charge 58Kwh. Up to 80% battery in just 18 minutes.
Both cars are expected to come in the range of 400km and are expected to be 2WD for entry level. The Kia EV6 will be available next year, but the Ioniq 5 may be available a year later.
The following list is Hyundai Kona’s Facelift and Kia e-Niro. The e-Niro’s WLTP range is expected to be 289km and 455km, respectively, while Kona’s WLTP range is slightly higher at 305km and 484km, respectively. e-Niro may be launched in 2024.
Last but not least, all of the above cars are expected to be at a premium price, but both Hyundai and Kia are planning to come up with a slightly more affordable electric car. Electric vehicles in these mass markets are expected to launch in 2024 and are localized to meet the criteria set in the FAME II subsidy, and the starting price of these vehicles can be expected to be around Rs. 150,000 rupees.
The car is expected to come in a smaller battery pack and slightly lower range, otherwise ideal for city driving.
Analysis: The road to electrification is ready All we need now is a vehicle
The federal government has also confirmed that the all-electric vehicle charging ecosystem is in operation, as many major players such as Tesla and Triton are in the process of being introduced to the Indian market.
The recent announcement of the 200km all-electric highway from Delhi to Jaipur is confident to help car owners switch to electricity with confidence. And, as the journey has just begun, the market now needs a more everyday car that can provide an uncompromising experience.
The end consumer is ready and enthusiastic about adopting an electric vehicle, but in a market like India, the affordability of the vehicle and battery life are of utmost concern. However, this can only be improved if traditional players such as Maruti and Mahindra join the trend.
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