What's Coming for the Next Year
2021 has been the year where the electric car segment has seen highly promising prospects making its way into the market. Of course, they’ve been the need of the hour, the people needed high-performance cars which would sustain the environment while providing low costs of running, more or less, the time was ripe for this new segment to bloom. The extent of the EV potential is such that top overseas companies such as Tesla are looking to invest in India as well. While luxury car makers had begun their launch of electric cars far earlier with the likes of the Audi e-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EqC among others, the brands which have targeted middle-class consumers too are making their way in this segment. Electric cars in India are certainly growing in number. Tata Motors already have a couple of EVs in the market and are all set to introduce more, MG has brought the ZS EV priced competitively as well, Mahindra is eyeing the market keenly to launch its new EV soon and the other carmakers are catching pace as well. Be it the high range vehicles or the budget ones, the choices in consideration while buying an electric car have increased significantly. Amidst this stiff competition, let’s take a look at the most exciting electric cars in India, to be launched 2022!
With the entry of the iX, BMW has finally marked their presence amidst electric cars in India. While the EQC, I-pace and e-Tron have already made their presence felt, BMW seeks to introduce its flagship electric SUV at a price of 1.16 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). Not just the fuel option, BMW states the entire production of the car will be in order to preserve the environment as neither will there be any use of fossil fuels in the manufacturing process nor would any rare earth metals be mined. BMW has made the iX very thoughtfully, the massive front grille shaped like a pair of beans, sharp LED lighting systems and near body lines across the entire car make it certainly the car to stand out on the streets, along with a futuristic cabin with top-notch features including the 14-inch infotainment system paired with the 12.3-inch driver display, paired with leather seating and an 18 speaker Harman Kardon sound system give a highly superior feel to the inside of this car. The BMW iX consists of a dual battery setup which together makes 76.6 kWh power and can be charged up to 80% in 31 minutes if charged by a 150 kW DC charger or in 73 minutes of charge on a 50 kW DC charger. The iX can also clock the 100 kmph mark in just 6.1 seconds thus making this a very powerful option among other electric cars in India.
Tata Altroz EV
Tata has been expanding its EV portfolio rapidly, having almost 71% share of electric cars in India, the year 2022 brings yet another EV from the Indian automobile giant, the Altroz EV. Although major details of the car are yet to be released, the Altroz EV certainly is expected to be based on Tata’s Ziptron powertrain and a lithium-ion battery with a range of approximately 250-300 Kms per full charge. Fast charging facility shall enable the car battery to load up 80% power within an hour as well. Overall the car shall not have major differences in styling compared to its pre-existing IC engine version, however, better styling is to be found in the interiors of the car, thanks to the absence of a transmission tunnel enabling the designers to make the cabin more attractive. With a good range for city usage along with sharp performance and the comfort that comes along with all Tata cars, the Altroz EV is among the most exciting prospects to be witnessed among electric cars in India being introduced in 2022.
Hyundai Kona 2022 Facelift
Hyundai Kona has been the first electric car in India, initiating the change in fuel among cars on Indian roads, but since then it hasn’t got much popularity. However the car did receive a facelift internationally, which is expected to reach the Indian roads in 2022, and through that, Hyundai seek to get their dues of the market share in electric vehicles! Among the changes, the Kona is expected to be sporting an all-new look, with the absence of a front grille, giving it a sleek look, more common to electric vehicles. The interiors get a host of new changes, as the infotainment screen grows in size, now being 10.25 inches with Hyundai’s blue link connect features as well as voice commands, blindspot assist among other new interactive features. Mechanically the car remains unchanged, the 39.2 kWh battery assisting a 136 hp motor for a range of 304kms or the 64 kWh battery mated with a 204 hp motor producing, as Hyundai claims, India’s largest EV range of 483 Kms. The Kona directly rivals the MG ZS EV and thus will position itself as a premium crossover EV and ramp up the competition among electric cars in India.
Slated to be the cheapest electric car in India, the Mahindra eKUV100, after a string of delays, is all set for a launch early in 2022. The car’s exterior is fairly similar to the traditional IC engine powered KUV100 with the only difference being the new front grille, which is designed to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The car will be charged by a 15.9 kWh battery which powers the electric motor to produce 120 Nm of torque. The battery can be charged to 100% in nearly 5 hours 45 minutes on regular charging and up to 80% within 55 minutes on a fast-charging source. Mahindra’s offering in the EV segment is not having stiff competition presently, as they aim to price the car somewhere between 9-12 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), however, with Maruti planning to develop an electric version of their WagonR, KUV needs to perform really well when it finally reaches on road to have a high market share.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo has been well known to produce among the safest SUVs which have been high on performance and quality, and now they bring to India their first offering in the electric segment, the XC 40 recharge! The car was expected in 2021, however, the semiconductor shortage has pushed its launch into 2022, to mark Volvo’s beginning into the electric motor sector. Overall, the XC 40 recharge is similar to its diesel variant, running on the same platform, however, it includes a dual electric motor setup which brings a total of 150 kW power offering 402 hp at 660 Nm of torque, making the engine highly responsive and great on performance! And as Volvo claims a range of 418kms on a full charge, this car is definitely the one to look out for in the luxury segment!
Now that is an exciting lineup for electric cars in India coming up in 2022. Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles are going to be the future! The year 2021 turned out to be decent for the new segment and marked the growth of many now-popular cars like Tata Nexon & MG ZS EV. However, 2022 is going to be the start of the dominance of the EV industry and that is not an overstatement. Major automobile companies look to shift completely from IC engines to electric-powered cars to reduce their carbon footprint & meet the set climate goals. Not only cars, even homegrown startups like Ola, Ather Energy & Simple Energy look to make a dent in the two-wheeler automobile sector as we know it. There is little doubt that we will be witnessing a major revolution in the near future. Who will survive & who will lose out? Will new players emerge or the old guards will remain rooted at the top? 2022 has a lot in store for us.