2022: Top 5 Electric Car launches in India

Electric cars are the new attractions at the auto town, and the year 2022 saw a massive surge in the number of electrified passenger car models on sale for the buyers in India.

Here is our top 5 pick of most-exciting battery-electric car launches in India this year:

1. Tata Tiago EV

Tiago EV is the much-awaited electric hatchback from home-grown Tata Motors that is already sweeping up the Indian e-car market in terms of volume sales. Its budget proposition is expected to appeal domestic buyers, thus have immense potential to speed up EV adoption in its segment.

Tata Tiago ev electric
Tata Tiago EV

The e-car offers two battery options – a 24 kWh pack with 315 km per charge and a 19.2 kWh pack offering 250 km range and both AC and DC fast-charging capabilities for the users. Tata’s ‘Ziptron’ EV architecture promises higher reliability and safety to this car.

2. Mercedes-Benz EQS 580

Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 electric sedan
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580

As against Tata Tiago EV, the Mercedes EQS sits at the diametrically opposite end of the Indian EV spectrum in terms of pricing and luxury. The EQS 580 is locally-assembled in India, and is powered by a 107.8kWh battery pack assuring ARAI-certified 857 km range – highest by any EV in the country! The battery is also compatible to 200kW fast charging.

3. Mahindra XUV 400

Mahindra XUV 400 Electric SUV
Mahindra XUV 400

The XUV 400 is Mahindra’s reply to the massive reception of Tata Nexon EV in the Indian market. The electric SUV is equipped with 39.4 kWh battery pack, giving a driving range of 456 kms per charge, and is compatible to a 50 kW DC fast charger. With competitive pricing and brand image, the EV is garnering huge interest among local buyers.

4. Kia EV6

Kia EV6 GT crossover
Kia EV6 GT

Kia EV6 is the Korean automaker’s first EV in India. This electric crossover gets long range 77.4 kWh battery pack as standard, claiming a max driving range of 528 kms on WLPT cycle. A 350 kW DC fast charging and a 50 kW fast charging compliance are standard as well.

5. Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge e-SUV
Volvo XC40 Recharge

This all-electric version of Volvo XC40 compact SUV is locally-assembled in India, cost just a bit higher than the petrol variants unlike other luxury EVs. The EV is powered by a 78 kWh battery pack that is capable of charging via a 150 kW DC fast charger. Driving range is 418 kms on WLPT cycle, and is almost twice as powerful as XC40 petrol and other cars in the segment.

Also Read: 2022: Top 5 Electric Two-Wheeler launches in India

Special mentions:

1. Mercedes-Benz EQB

Mercedes-Benz EQB e-SUV
Mercedes-Benz EQB

The EQB is Mercedes’ entry-level electric SUV in India, powered by a 66.5kWh battery pack promising a WLTP-claimed range of 423 kms. The car supports fast-charging over 100 kW. It is likely to be locally-assembled in India, and is expected to garner buyers’ interest in the entry-side of the luxury EV segment.

2. BYD Atto 3

BYD Atto 3 Electric
BYD Atto 3

BYD is making a silent-yet-brisky progress in the Indian EV market. The Atto 3 is the brand’s second electric car in the country, with its models locally-assembled at its Chennai plant. The e-car is powered by a 60.48kWh Blade battery pack that offers an ARAI-rated range of 521 kms. It can be charged in just 50 minutes (from 0-80 percent) with an 80 kW DC fast charger, apart from a Type 2, 7 kW AC charger and a 3 kW portable charger.

3. BMW i4

BMW i4 electric sedan
BMW i4 electric sedan

The German brand’s all-electric sedan boasts one of the highest driving range among luxury EVs in India, offering 590 kms (WLPT). The floor-mounted 83.9 kWh battery pack can be charged at rates of up to 205 kW, which can add 164km of range in just 10 minutes!

4. Pravaig Defy

Pravaig Defy Electric Car
Pravaig Defy EV

The most exotic reveal of the year, as Pravaig Defy is the first-ever premium EV developed locally by an Indian startup. It is powered by a 90.9kWh, 5 module lithium-ion battery pack that assures a whooping 500 km driving range.

Also Read: 2022: Top 5 Electric Commercial Vehicle launches in India

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at wagenclub@gmail.com

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