The popularity of electric vehicles in India has been on the rise in recent years. Several manufacturers have now entered the EV space, with offerings ranging from electric hatchbacks and sedans to more prolific SUVs/crossovers, covering a wide range of price points. Homegrown automaker Tata Motors is now the strongest player in the EV space, as its mass-market electric models such as the Nexon EV and Tigor EV capture the majority of the market, although as prices rise, so does volume. Increasing the availability of electric vehicles. Here, however, we take a look at which EVs currently on sale in India can go the farthest on a single charge. Note that this is based on data quoted by the manufacturer and actual data will vary based on a number of factors.
BMW i4 – claimed range of up to 590 km
BMW’s all-electric i4 sedan tops the list with a range of 590 kilometers on a single charge. The i4 is available in a single variant, using an 83.9 kWh battery and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The electric motor produces a respectable 335 bhp and 430 Nm of torque and can propel the electric sedan from 0-100kph in 5.7 seconds. The i4 is priced at Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and is currently available for pre-order online or at BMW dealerships, with deliveries starting next month. In terms of design, the overall design of the i4 is not very prominent from the regular 4 Series Gran Coupe in the international market, but since this model is an EV, some design changes have been made.
Kia EV6 – claimed range of up to 528 km
Kia launched its flagship EV in India a few days ago, and all 100 EVs dedicated to the country by 2022 have been negotiated. The sleek-looking crossover sits on parent company Hyundai’s purpose-built e-GMP platform, while the India-spec car is only available with a larger 77.4 kWh underfloor battery pack. Buyers have a choice of two drivetrains – a single-motor setup with 226 bhp and 350 Nm that promises good range, or a more powerful and energy-hungry AWD variant that delivers 320 bhp and 650 Nm . Kia says the single-motor setup gives the EV6 a range of up to 528 kilometers. For the all-wheel-drive model, that figure drops to 425 kilometers.
Audi e-tron GT – claimed range of up to 500 km
Audi’s third e-tron model to arrive in India, the e-tron GT is arguably the sportiest EV of the Audi trio, with its low-sport coupe-like appearance and powerful powertrain. Priced at Rs 1.65 crore (ex-showroom), the e-tron GT has sports car-like looks and performance, plus decent space for two adults in the rear. Available in two variants, the low-slung GT promises both ample performance and good mileage. The “standard” GT comes with a 523 hp, 630 Nm all-wheel-drive powertrain and has a claimed range of up to 500 km, with 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. The hotter RS e-tron GT bumps the numbers to 637 hp and 830 Nm from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. sacrifice? Range reduced to 481 km.
Audi e-tron SUV/Sportback – claimed 484km range
Compared to the GT, the e-tron SUV and Sportback offer more sedate options for everyday green driving. Styling-wise, the e-tron siblings look quintessentially Audi, with a design that closely resembles a conventional Audi SUV, but elements such as the partially closed grille are thrown in to hint at its all-electric underpinnings. There are two body styles to choose from – the SUV with a choice of battery packs – e-tron 50 and e-tron 55 – and the Sportback (e-tron 55 only) which sacrifices some interior space for a sportier look. e The -tron 50 comes with a smaller 71kWh battery pack, giving the SUV a claimed range of 379km. Meanwhile, the 55 uses a larger battery that enables a 95 kWh battery boost range of up to 484 kilometers.
Jaguar I-Pace – Claimed range of up to 470km
Off the list is Jaguar’s I-Pace electric SUV. Unveiled in March 2018, the I-Pace was Jaguar’s first all-electric model, and the company has since confirmed an all-electric model in the coming years. Coming back to the I-Pace, this SUV breaks with Jaguar’s traditional SUV styling with a low-slung look and a car-forward design, with the battery pack under the floor. For India, there is only one battery pack option – a 90kWh battery that gives the SUV a claimed range of up to 470km. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup provides ample performance, with an output of 394 hp and 696 Nm.
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