The Indian EV market is all set to take off in 2024 with quite a few interesting new entrants and a lot of the existing BEV players upping their game by launching new vehicles. Interestingly, many cars in this list will be premium stuff indicative of where the market is moving. Here are our top picks of the new Evs in India.
Tata Curve EV
Tata's most important EV will make its debut in 2024. Based on the Curvv concept, it will stand alongside its ICE sibling and take on electric versions like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Kia Carens and future EVs from Honda. Volkswagen, Skoda and of course the MG ZS EV. What do we know so far? Most of the elements seen in the cabin of the new Nexon EV, such as the steering and AC controls, will also feature in the Curvv bit-for-bit. It is expected to be offered with multiple range options ranging from 400 to 500 km depending on the variant.
Mahindra's second adapted BEV will be the XUV.e8, essentially an electric version of the XUV700 and is expected to arrive in October 2024. It will have the same measurements of around 450km. The e8 will also get the XUV700's cabin, feature list and safety suite. This will be an important car for the automaker as it will be its last modified electric before its entire family moves into the Born electric age of cars.
Tata Sierra EV
The King of the Hill will finally revive one of its classic brands, but in the age of BEV. Showcased in concept form at Auto Expo 2020 and then in a near-production guise at Auto Expo 2023, the Sierra EV will stand alongside the Harrier/Safari EV and is expected to share features, powertrain and probably cabin layout too. If you look beyond the name and positioning, the Sierra EV is an evident sign of Tata's confidence in BEVs and a two-pronged approach to mark its place in the segment.
Another electric car in India in 2024 will be from Maruti. A little late to the game but here for the fight nonetheless, the Maruti eVX will be the automaker's first BEV and will be produced for the world at their Gujarat plant. It will be officially make its debut around the festival season with a launch in early 2025. It will have a range of 500 km and a cabin very similar to the current generation Maruti luxury cars on sale. Electric versions of the Jimny, Fronx, Baleno and perhaps Ertiga are expected to join the eVX in the future.
Toyota Urban SUV concept
The Maruti eVX will spawn a sister Toyota model which has been showcased in concept form as an urban SUV concept. This vehicle has a top hat different from the eVX but will get the same 500km range, interior features, dimensions and safety suite. It is expected to be priced higher than the eVX and could arrive in multiple range options.
Showcased for the first time at the 2023 Auto Expo, the Kia EV9 is based on the brand's E-GMP platform and offers a driving range of up to 541 km on a single charge. The three-row electric SUV, which will be offered only in one top-spec model, is expected to hit the Indian shores in late 2024. Upon its launch, the Kia EV9 will lock horns with the BMW iX, and the upcoming Volvo EM90.