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Four new Electric Cars you can consider as your next car in 2019

Punjab News Express | March 07, 2019 10:20 PM

A secret that has been out for a while now is that the Electric Cars are the future. Love it, hate it, you can’t change it. Once we have utilized every last drop of oil from the face of the planet, there is no going back for at least a million years. Researches predict that by 2050, gasoline (petrol) will be out of reach of the common population and only be reserved for Government.

And as of now, electricity has been an effective and efficient alternative to fossil fuel. Electric cars aren’t just efficient but they can pack immense power with their electric motors. Supercars powered by electricity can cross the 350 km/h mark with ease. But these electric supercars usually carry million dollar price tag. There is immense progress in the world of EVs and with reducing battery costs EVs can become mainstream.

 Developed economies like the US and EU already have a respectable number of EVs available. Yet, developing counties like India are slow to catch up. Recent initiatives of the government show a positive commitment towards EVs. By 2030, the Indian government wants 30% of the nation’s vehicles on road to be EVs. The government has rolled out several schemes and car manufacturers are working hard to bring new EVs to the market. Here is a list of EVs that would be available to the masses, very soon.

    Maruti Suzuki WagonR Electric Vehicle (EV):

WagonR is one of the best selling models of the Maruti Suzuki in India. Wagon R enjoys massive success due to its reasonable price and a healthy mix of features. One can easily spot a WagonR in dense traffic because of its iconic boxy design. Now the Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch an electric variant of their people's car. Sources expect that WagonR EV will be launched in India by end of the year. The electric car is expected to carry a price tag of ₹7 lakh to ₹10 lakh. That price is much higher than its petrol and diesel variants but it is still cheap when you compare it to other EVs in the market. To fix the range anxiety issues, the car will support AC and DC charging.DC fast charging will be available that will juice up the 80% of the battery in just 1 hour. The Wagon R EV will run for 200 km on a single charge.

    Mahindra KUV100 Electric (eKUV100):

Mahindra eKUV100 Concept was on display at Auto Expo 2018. It received a lot of attention from enthusiasts and critics alike. Later that year, Mahindra announced that they will be launching their Mahindra eKUV100, an electric variant of the KUV100. KUV100 Electric will be available to the Indian public by the end of the year. It will be available at a lower price than the Mahindra eVerito. This Mahindra likely to cost around ₹10 lakhs. It will be powered by 30kW Li-ion batteries and will offer a range of 140 km on a single charge.

    Hyundai Kona Electric:

Hyundai is India’s second largest automotive brand. Hyundai is renowned for cars like Grand i10, Elite i20, and Creta SUV. Hyundai is amongst the select few automakers to understand the needs of the Indian public. Hyundai wants a head start in the EV race.

The carmaker has planned to launch their Kona Electric SUV in the country. The initial batch of Kona SUVs will be imported.  However, the brand has plans to manufacture the Kona in the country. It is scheduled for launch in India at the beginning of 2020. Kona is a premium product and it is expected to be priced around ₹25 lakhs. Kona EV will offer 300 km range on a single charge.

    Nissan Leaf EV

Nissan Leaf is a runaway success for the Japanese carmaker across the globe. In its global version, Nissan Leaf offers a range of 150 miles on a single full-charge. The second generation of the car will be launched in India. Nissan is yet to reveal the features of the India-spec model but we expect the Leaf to be worthy of its price tag.   Leaf will be powered by a 40 kW Lithium-ion battery which can take up to 16 hours to be fully charged. By using a fast charger one can top up 80% of the batteries in just 40 minutes.

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