In a world where conscious buying has become a real thing, it’s no surprise that even the auto industry is moving toward greener, cleaner alternatives. While Indian streets are still teeming with petrol engines, domestic electric vehicle maker Tata Motors is selling more than 2,000 units of Nexon and Tigor EVs in December 2021, simply displaying India’s growing penchant for electric vehicles. Interestingly, in order to promote the use of electric vehicles among the people and commitment to clean mobility practices, the Government of Maharashtra has decided from 1st January 2022 to purchase or lease electric vehicles only for the use of government and civil bodies. As electric cars gain popularity due to rising fuel prices, dedicated subsidies, and environmental concerns, it’s time to take a look at the upcoming electric vehicles that will cater to both luxury and mass purchases in 2022.
TATA Altros EV
Wherever there is an electric car, there is Tata. After tasting notable success in this segment, the company is preparing to launch the Altroz EV. The engine comes from one of the most trusted stables, and is equipped with the new Ziptron technology. First shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the luxury hatchback is expected to be priced between Rs 12-15 lakh. The car, which rivals the Venue, XUV300 and Kiger, is the first vehicle to be built based on the versatile and futuristic Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture (ALFA) architecture. The car is a combination of a sporty silhouette and new technology and will give a range of 250-300 km.
The car was first shown during the 2020 Auto Show, and the release of the car was delayed due to a lack of semiconductor chips. Expected to be priced at Rs 8.25 lakh, the compact SUV is suitable for short coms offering a range of up to 150 km. Packed with a 15.9 kWh battery, the engine produces 54 horsepower and 120 Nm of torque.
Joining the list of budget buys this year is a new coupe by the British car brand. The new electric crossover will be launched at an affordable price of 10 to 15 lakh rupees. The move comes with the aim of targeting the block segment and competing with the likes of the Tata EV group. A follow-up to the ZS-EV, the new SUV will be based on the global platform but at the same time it will be localized according to the Indian market to achieve the desired price. This particular model from MG Motors is expected to be launched sometime this year and is expected to hit quite a few reservations.
luxury electric cars
Since the German automaker unveiled the iX, the company has been actively working on electric vehicles. With a plan to ramp up its electric coil, the company has announced its upcoming four-door electric coupe, the BMW i4, of the four-series family. Reimagined and re-engineered, the car is packed into an A4-class chassis to bid farewell to the petrol engine with an electric motor. The BMW i4 is expected to be launched in the latter half of the year with a starting price of Rs 80 lakh. Available in two variants — the M50 making 536 horsepower and the eDrive40 making 335 horsepower — the car will compete directly with the likes of the Tesla 3 and other mid-size EV sedans.
Breathtaking design that guarantees absolute luxury, the EQS is the first of its kind, five-seater electric sedan. Expected to arrive on Indian shores in mid-2022, the car is equipped with everything that comes in the S-Class and is based on the luxury modular architecture. Packed with a massive 107.1 kWh battery, it gives you a range of up to 770 km. At Rs 1.75 crore, the saloon is a luxury on wheels that is a joy to drive and travel in.
Mini Cooper SE
Given the iconic status of the Mini Cooper, its entry into the electric market has sold it out immediately since it opened for reservations last year in October. Equipped with a 32.6 kWh battery engine that produces 181 horsepower and 270 Nm of peak torque, the vehicle offers a range of up to 270 km on a single charge. With only limited units set aside for sale in the Indian market, the car is expected to be launched as a fully built unit in a few weeks and will be priced between Rs 50-60 lakh.
While 2022 brings a wide range of electric vehicles to choose from, it remains to be seen how we will deal with the lack of charging infrastructure. No doubt the upcoming affordable and luxury EV ranges have got a buyer’s pool, but the crucial question remains is India ready for the electric car revolution yet?
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Published on: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 04:21 PM IST