India is still a long while away from complete electrification but it could be argued that the country's electrification journey has begun in the right earnest. 2020 too will see multiple electric car launches in India and that too across multiple segments. If not for long highway rides, electric cars do make sense for daily commuting at least. Yes, there are challenges with respect to charging infrastructure, availability of electricity and even the source of electricity could be questioned, but the way forward is electric and there is no escaping it. We list down the top electric cars, which will be launched in India this year.
Up next is the Nissan Leaf! Yes! Nissan has confirmed that it will be launching the Leaf in India this year. Fun fact, the Leaf is the highest-selling highway capable electric vehicle in the world and we expect it to be cost 35 to 40 lakh rupees when it arrives. The fact that it is an import pushes the cost up! The Nissan Leaf gets a 40 kilo watt hour battery which can offer a range of up to 400 km on a single charge. Power output stands at 148 bhp and peak torque of 320 Nm. Charging time of the battery is between 8 and 16 hours, depending on power capacity. The car also gets a quick charging feature which can give 80 per cent battery charge in just 40 minutes.
Another luxury carmaker getting into the act of launching an electric car in India is Jaguar Land Rover. It has confirmed that the I-Pace will come to India by the end of 2020. The I-Pace has the pedigree of a champion already. It won an unprecedented treble at the 2019 World Car Awards. It won the world car of the year award along with the world car design award and the green car award as well.
The I-Pace comes with two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors at the front and the rear axle which have a combined power output of 395 bhp and makes maximum of 696 Nm of torque. It also features an AWD system. A 0-100 kmph sprint takes 4.5 seconds and the performance SUV will have a range of over 480 km.
The Audi e-Tron was first showcased in September 2018 at Audi's annual Summit in USA and it will be launched in India later in 2020. It was the first fully electric model from Audi and an SUV at that. We expect the e-Tron to be priced somewhere in the region of ₹ 1.5 crore. The Audi e-Tron SUV gets two electric motors, one on each axle. The one on the front makes 125 kW while the rear motor makes 140 kW, with the combined total of 265 kW or 355 bhp. The peak torque output is 561 Nm. In the boost mode, the power output goes up to 300 kW or 408 bhp. The Audi e-Tron SUV has a range of 400 km on a single charge according to WLTP cycle and can touch a top speed of 200 kmph. Also, the 0-100 kmph sprint is done in 6.6 seconds in the normal mode and 5.7 seconds in the boost mode.
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Porsche took the wraps off the Taycan in 2019, which is its first ever fully electric model and a sportscar too. Based on the Porsche Mission E concept, the new Porsche Taycan will sport two permanently excited synchronous electric motors that are capable of churning out max power of 600 bhp and will a range of over 500 km thanks to its high voltage lithium-ion batteries. It can go from 0-100 kmph in under 3.5 seconds and Porsche says that the Taycan is not just sporty, but also practical. While we believe Porsche when it says so, all the performance and practicality will come at a very steep price. With Porsche India set to launch the Taycan sometime later in 2020, we expect it to be priced at well over ₹ 1 crore.
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With Audi, Jaguar and Porsche gearing up for launching EVs in India, how could Mercedes-Benz be left behind? The Stuttgart-based company has also confirmed that it will launch the EQC electric SUV in India by April 2020. The EQC will be a value addition to the company's portfolio and yes it still hasn't started testing the car at length in India. The next few months we will see the EQC being tested in the country so as to provide the company with all the relevant data ahead of its launch in the country. In fact, the EQC was showcased in India earlier in January 2020 and was met with positive response too.
The EQC is powered by a dual motor setup, which includes one motor for the front axle and one for the rear. This makes the EQC an all-wheel-drive SUV or as Mercedes likes to call it, a 4Matic. The EQC's motors are powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, that helps the motors produce a combined 300 kW (402 bhp) of peak power and 765 Nm of peak torque. The new EQC gets an all-electric range of around 400 km with a quick charge option on the SUV too.