A cool breeze of hot electric vehicles is hitting the Indian landscape. In a few weeks, two new electric SUVs, the Morris Garrage ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV will hit the India market and the story shall continue in the subsequent months.
Though India is a bit late to the EV mania but is catching up fast with half-a-dozen new vehicles hitting the market in 2020, and almost all coming with a high driveability range of 350-500 km on a single charge.
Others in the league would be the Audi Etron, Kia Soul, Jaquar i-Pace, Renault City K-ZE, Nissan Leaf and Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV debuting over the next few weeks, while Mahindra, the erstwhile EV leader is planning some really big products like eKUV100 and super-specialist Battista sportscar.
We recently drove the MG ZS EV that takes shape of an SUV like its current peers Hyundai Kona and the Nexon. Besides the shrill operation and the noise-free drive there also a huge bonus of super-fast acceleration coming with every electric vehicle.
Unlike gradual accelerating fossil fuels – petrol and diesel-, electric vehicles gain instant traction right from the word go, imitating a sports car drive.
The biggest EV advantage is its super low running-cost, sometimes as low as a rupee to a kilometer against 5-7/kilometre of the traditional fossil fuels. It’s even cheaper to the Rs 3/km of the Compressed Natural Gas or the CNG powered vehicles.
Besides the cheaper running cost advantage, EVs are also lower on maintenance owing to much lesser moving parts and lighter body-weight. And the automatic transmission comes as a standard across all models.
So, in the long-term its dual advantage says Gaurav Gupta, the chief commercial officer at MG Motors, the maker of India’s first pure electric internet SUV. “The MG ZS EV offers India’s best vehicle ownership package – It’s running cost is approx Rs 1 per km.
Besides, we are offering the “eShield”, with free-of-charge 5-year manufacturer warranty for unlimited kilometers on the car, 8 yrs /150k km warranty on battery and also includes round-the-clock roadside assistance (RSA) for a period of 5 years, for private registered cars for a complete peace of mind.”
Electric vehicle are getting favours from the government too. Besides the much-debated focus from the central government, several states have waived off registration tax and other changes on EV making them affordable and neutralizing their high price cost.
India is likely to become a major EV market in the coming years owing to the focus of the government and automakers looking a developing an alternate ecosystem of mobility. The change is imminent.
In times to come, we will see several EV specialist like FAW Haima of China hitting the Indian space with their cars and SUV’s that will make prices extremely affordable and bring electric energy to the masses.