The fully electric hatchback will get a price of under Rs 9 lakh; the planned launch is around April – June 2020.
Mahindra has announced that it will expand its portfolio of electric cars with the launch of eKUV100 on the market from April to June 2020. At a recent event, Pawan Junka, Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra stated: “Our approach (with eKUV) depends on joint mobility, Thus, we focused on how to make it accessible to everyone. “The company revealed that the price of the fully electric hatchback would be less than the lakh mark of 9 lakh and would offer a range of 130-150 km with one payload. EV, which debuted as a concept at the Auto Expo 2018, will be shown in production in the next biennial release of the auto show.
With an aggressive price of less than Rs 9 lakh, the eKUV100 will essentially become the most expensive and traditional electric car in the Indian market, although it remains to be seen if this price includes FAME 2 (faster adoption by the Indian government). And manufacture of electric vehicles) subsidies to commercial vehicles. As such, the new Mahindra would undermine his brother, eVerito, as well as Tata Tigor EV, which were priced at Rs 9.12 lakh and Rs 9.44 lakh, respectively, and these figures include government incentives available. For reference, KUV100 NXT orders with a combustion engine between Rs. 4.88-7.95 lakh in its current form are BS4 compliant.
Mahindra also emphasized that eKUV100 would be more fleet-oriented. As such, the company believes that its planned range of 130 to 150 km will be sufficient for its intended function and that the electric aperture can be used for shared mobility when charging when not in use during the day to recharge the batteries. Goenka and other key officials felt that attracting a private buyer would require a much higher rank. This can only be achieved by increasing the size of the battery, which in turn increases costs and leads to car exit.
We have already run a pre-production prototype from eKUV and you can read the full review here. The EV motor with a 40 kW (54.4 hp) electric motor is expected to drive the front wheels through a single-speed automatic transmission. The battery is likely to be a 15.9 kWh unit, which can be used in 5 hours and 45 minutes with a regular AC charger or 55 minutes with a fast DC charger.
At launch, Mahindra eKUV100 will not have direct competitors, although the status quo may change in the future. Maruti Suzuki is working on the full electrical redundancy of Wagon R and is also said to be developing Hyundai at affordable prices for the Indian market.
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