Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Electric Cars Showcased At Auto Expo 2018 - Hyundai Ioniq Tata Tigor EV More

Automobile manufacturers are betting big on vehicles powered by alternative fuels like electricity, hydrogen and ethanol, and the was all about that. With the whole nation preparing to shift towards cleaner sources of fuel couple with the government's push for electrification by 2030, most manufacturers present at the event showcased at least one electric vehicle (EV) that they plan on launching here in the coming years. Let's take a look at six EVs that piqued our interest at the 14th edition of India's largest automotive event.

Mahindra eKUV100

Mahindra eKUV100


Compared to other manufacturers present in the country, powered by petrol and diesel internal combustion engines (ICE). In terms of design, it gets a refreshed front bumper along with an 'EV' badge on the boot lid. Although the company refrained from revealing the electric hatchback's powertrain details, it told us that the eKUV100 has a range of 140km. It features a battery that can be charged up to 80 per cent in less than 60 minutes. The Mahindra eKUV100 is likely to go on sale in the country by the end of this year.

Visit Hall No.10 for a closer look at the eKUV100.

Tata Tiago and Tigor EVs

Tata Tiago EV
Tata Tigor EV


s are powered by an electric powertrain supplied by Electra EV. Tata claims both cars have a range of 130km on a single charge. The homegrown carmaker is expected to launch both electric cars by the second half of 2018.

Visit Tata's pavilion at Hall No.14

BMW i3s

BMW i3s




Visit BMW's pavilion at Hall No.15


Mahindra e2o NXT

Mahindra e2o NXT


showcased the refreshed version of its e2o plus four-door electric hatchback at the Auto Expo 2018. The refreshed car is now called the e2o NXT and features a redesigned front fascia and quirky-looking alloy wheels. The electric hatchback gets a new electric motor that is capable of generating 40PS of power and 91Nm of torque, which is 15PS and 21Nm more than the outgoing model. Thanks to a larger 72v battery, the range has gone up by 30km and now stands at 140km. Mahindra claims that the battery can be juiced up to 80 per cent in just 90 minutes with a fast charger.

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq Electric


electric SUV in the country by 2019.

Visit Hyundai's pavilion at Hall No.3

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV



Hyundai's sister company,. Along with it, the carmaker also showcased 16 other cars, some which are definitely headed our way in the coming years. Among the 16 was the Soul EV, an all-electric sub-compact crossover. In terms of design, the Soul EV has a boxy silhouette which makes it look like a hatchback on stilts. Powered by a 110PS electric motor, the Soul EV gets a single-speed gearbox which drives the front wheels. It has a range of 211km on a single charge and a top speed of 145kmph.

Kia's pavilion can be found at Hall No.7

Honorary Mentions

Renault Trezor

Renault Trezor


showcased the Trezor concept at the Auto Expo 2018. The electric GT concept made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and is brainchild of Laurens Van Decker, Renault's design boss, and gives us a glimpse of where the French carmaker is headed in terms of design. The Trezor gets a carbon-fibre body with a metallic paint job. The single pice clamshell roof and the massive 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The Trezor is not just a showpiece. In fact, it gets an all-electric powertrain that generates 350PS of power and 380Nm of peak torque. The 1600kg concept vehicle can go from a standstill to 100kmph in less than 4 seconds.

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Honda Sports EV

Honda Sports EV



Apart from the also showcased the Sports EV concept at the Auto Expo 2018. Based on a platform built specifically for EVs, the Sports EV features a 'highly responsive' electric powertrain which is placed closer to the ground for a lower centre of gravity. The wide stance and the swooping roofline makes it look like a sports car from the 70s. The concept is also equipped with Honda Automated Network Assistant that is capable of monitoring the driver's emotional well-being and make navigation choices and music recommendations.

Uniti One EV

Uniti One

Among the pool of auto giants, there was one tiny Swedish startup present at the Auto Expo 2018. Uniti showcased its vision of future mobility in the form of the One EV concept. It is a 2-seater concept designed for city commute and employs a 22kWh battery which gives it a range of 200km on a single charge. However, considering the requirements of the average Indian consumer, Uniti confirmed that it will be bringing a 5-seater version of the Uniti One by 2020 with a price tag of Rs 7.14 lakh. Related:




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