September 9 is celebrated as “World Electric Vehicle Day”, and we hope the celebration will motivate new car buyers to get closer to electric vehicles. There are a large number of them already for sale in the Indian market and they also prove their strength with their build quality, safety standards, features on offer, reasonable prices and most importantly practical range. Modern electric vehicles run on a high voltage architecture which also helps them achieve better performance and efficiency, and are available at prices as low as Rs 11 lakh itself. Hence, here is a list of the 5 best affordable electric cars to buy in India this year.
Tata Nixon EV Max
The latest from Tata Motors in its electric vehicle lineup is the Tata Nixon EV Max. Although it looks a lot like the ICE Nexon, Teal Blue’s features are all the difference in its appearance. Under the hood is a DC motor that generates 143 hp at 250 Nm to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 9 seconds. The 40.5 kWh battery pack on the Tata Nexon EV Max helps this Indian electric SUV with a range of 437 km. Speaking of pricing, the Nexon EV Max starts at Rs 18.34 lakh, former showroom.
TATA TIGER EV
With a starting price of a shade over 10 lakh rupees, the Tata Tigor EV is the most affordable electric vehicle in the local brand stable. Equipped with Ziptron technology, it provides a required range of 312 km. Design-wise, it follows the same transition process as the Nexon to the Nexon EV. You get Teal Blue accents in places, which brings out the EV factor.
MG ZS EV
Leave the MG badge aside, and the MG ZS EV electric SUV will keep you informed of a lot of things. This SUV’s design is polarizing, but the feature list and range make up for it. Now for sale in the improved avatar, the MG ZS EV starts at Rs 21.99 lakh and is offered with a 44.5 kWh battery which packs a claimed range of 419 km. As of now, there are two variants on offer – Excite & Exclusive. The engine in the MG ZS EV is a 143-horsepower unit, which reaches 350 Nm of peak torque, so the run from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour takes 8.5 seconds.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Yes, Hyundai IONIQ 5 is ready to enter the Indian market. At present, Hyundai Kona Electric remains the company’s sole electric offering in the Indian market with a starting price of Rs 23.79 lakh. As for the specs, you can get a 39.2 kWh battery pack under the floor of the Kona Electric, which offers a range of 452 kilometers.
Tata Nixon EV
India’s first ever high-voltage electric vehicle should have a special mention on the list, the Tata Nexon EV. Currently, it is being sold as the Tata Nexon EV Prime. Also, it is the best-selling electric car in the country, and it sells for a starting price of 14.99 lakh, which goes up to 17.50 lakh rupees. The Nexon EV Prime is equipped with a 30.2 kWh battery pack that sends juice to a permanent magnet synchronous motor that generates 129 hp and 245 Nm of peak output. As a result, the Nexon EV Prime has a range of 312 km and a 0-100 km/h time of less than 10 seconds.