Electric vehicles have become more relevant in India than ever before, as evidenced by the introduction of new EVs. The demand for electric vehicles has increased significantly, particularly in the two-wheeler segment, which has grown almost exponentially.
The four-wheeler segment, on the other hand, is still in its infancy in the country, with only a few electric vehicles on the market. Some of the issues stifling the popularity of electric cars in the country include the high cost of electric technology and a lack of a robust charging network.
Despite this, it is fair to say that a transition from gasoline and diesel-powered cars to EVs has begun, albeit on a small scale. Of course, the transition to electric vehicles can only be accomplished if the country has affordable options, which the sector currently lacks.
However, some options may appear affordable to many customers. Let’s take a look at the top five most affordable electric vehicles in India.
Top 5 Cheapest Electric Vehicles in India
- Tata Tigor
- Mahindra e-Verito
- Tata Nexon EV
- MG ZS EV
- Hyundai Kona Electric
Tata Motors has introduced the longer-range 2021 Tata Tigor EV in India, with prices starting at Rs 11.99 lakh for the base XE variant. This Tigor EV variant features the Ziptron architecture from the Tata Nexon EV, as well as distinct visual cues and additional features that set it apart from the standard range. For fleet buyers, Tigor EV has rebadged the Xpres-T EV.
- Affordably priced and functional EVs.
- The small size makes it ideal for city duties.
- It has a claimed range of 306km and a realistic range of 170-220km, making it an excellent city commuter with a charging time of 65 minutes from 0 to 80 percent.
- The ride quality is very comfortable, and it absorbs undulations very well.
- The cabin is large enough for four six-footers. In a pinch, it can seat five people.
- Infrastructure for charging is still lacking.
- Silly feature omissions: Spare wheel placed in the boot, reducing available space Alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rear-adjustable headrests are standard features.
- Interior quality, while adequate for a sub-Rs 10 lakh Tigor, falls short on a Rs 13 lakh Tigor EV.
- The range and battery percentage read-outs could have been calibrated for greater precision.
The Mahindra E Verito D6 is the mid-level electric (battery) variant in the E Verito lineup, and it costs Rs. 10.49 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This D6 variant is equipped with an engine that produces maximum power and maximum torque. The Mahindra E Verito D6 comes in two colors: Diamond White and Desat Silver and is available in transmission.
- A spacious and comfortable sedan.
- Running and maintenance costs are low.
- In an emergency, the REVive feature can help extend range.
- The range is limited to 140km.
- At this price, there aren’t many features.
Tata Nexon EV
The Nexon EV is an all-electric version of the Tata Nexon compact SUV that we’re all too familiar with. The 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack has 129hp power, a 312km ARAI-certified range, and an 8-year/160,000km warranty. At the moment, the Tata Nexon EV is only available in a few cities and is more expensive than the standard petrol and diesel Nexon.
- City Range
- Fast charging capability
- Cost to run
- More than adequate performance
- Popular compact SUV
- Long-distance range anxiety
- Slow 15amp socket charging
MG ZS EV
The MG ZS EV is one of MG Motor’s most innovative launches in the Indian market. The MG ZS EV is priced in the Indian market between Rs. 20.99-24.18 lakh (ex-showroom) and has already been updated by the Chinese-owned iconic British automaker. The EV now has an updated battery and 17-inch tyres, as well as increased ground clearance and the new i-Smart EV 2.0 app.
- A sufficient range for daily and weekend excursions.
- There are numerous charging options.
- The drivetrain is lively.
- There could have been more premium interiors.
- There are no rear air-conditioning vents.
- It appears very conventional.
Hyundai KONA Electric
The KONA Electric, which is both versatile and powerful, will be India’s first All-Electric SUV. Its powerful performance delivers a thrilling driving experience with quick acceleration over long distances. You get a cutting-edge design, a pure electric powertrain with a range of up to 484km, and a suite of advanced connectivity and safety features that will put you at the forefront of fashion and technology.
- City-friendly performance.
- The cabin is very good
- Not suitable for highway use
- The inadequacy of charging infrastructure limits the appeal.