1. BMW i4
The BMW i4 electric sedan is launched in India, with an introductory price of Rs. 69.90 lakh for its single fully loaded variant, the i4 eDrive40. It is BMW Group India’s third electric vehicle, following the iX electric SUV in December 2021 and the MINI Electric in March 2022. With the introduction of the BMW i4, the company now has one of the most diverse lineups of electric vehicles in the luxury vehicle segment. The BMW i4 will also be India’s longest-range electric vehicle, with a range of up to 590 km on a single charge.
The BMW i4 has a slim 110 mm high-voltage, floor-mounted Lithium-Ion battery pack with a capacity of 80.7 kWh. The battery has a range of up to 590 km on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, making it the longest range of any EV in India. The i4 is equipped with BMW eDrive fifth-generation technology, which includes an integrated drive unit within a single housing powered by an electric motor, a single-speed transmission, and power electronics. The electric motor has a peak torque of 430 Nm and can propel the car from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.7 seconds.
2. Kia EV6
The Kia EV6 is a battery-electric compact crossover SUV. It finally arrives in India in two trim levels: GT Line RWD and GT Line AWD. The GT Line RWD is priced at 59.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India), while the GT Line AWD is priced at 64.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Kia EV6, the South Korean automaker’s electric flagship, is making its way to India via the CBU route, and the 100 units reserved for our market have already been sold out.
In fact, the company received a good response, with 355 pre-orders for the electric car, and will compensate by allocating more units to India. The only difference between the two Kia EV6 variants launched in India is the drivetrain. The RWD Kia EV6 has a single motor that produces 226 bhp and a healthy 350 NM of torque, while the AWD version has a dual motor setup that produces 320 bhp and a whopping 650 Nm of instant torque. Both versions use the same 77.4 kWh battery pack, with a claimed range of 528 km for RWD. Due to the dual-motor setup, the AWD version has a significantly reduced range, and Kia claims that it can travel up to 425 km on a single charge.
3. Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes-first Benz’s Single EV model, the EQC, is part of the brand’s new EQ sub-brand for electric mobility. It has dimensions somewhere between a GLC and a GLE and offers mid-range space and practicality, but with a 408hp electric motor and a claimed range of up to 471km from its 80kWh battery, it is a completely different proposition than its ICE siblings. However, it promises the same level of luxury as any other high-end Mercedes.
4. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The XC40 Recharge has a dual-motor powertrain with 150 kW electric motors on each axle, resulting in 402 bhp and 660 Nm of peak torque. The electric motors are powered by a 78 kWh battery pack with a range of up to 418 km. It has a 0-100 kmph time of 4.9 seconds.
The XC40 Recharge, like the regular XC40, is built on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. The rest of the elements are very similar to the XC40, with the exception of some visual markings that indicate its electric nature. It gets a white-finished panel instead of a grille that houses the Volvo badge up front, as well as new alloy wheels. The XC40 Recharge, like the Tesla cars, has a front frunk with a small storage space of 31 litres.
5. Audi e-tron
The new Audi e-tron is available in two body styles: SUV and Sportback, as well as three variants: e-tron 50, e-tron 55, and e-tron Sportback 55. And all three are available as either fully assembled units (CBUs) or imported models. The Audi e-Tron 55 SUV will be powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 265 kW (355 bhp) and 561 Nm of peak torque. In boost mode, these figures rise to 300 kW (402 bhp) and 664 Nm. It does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 200 kmph. Audi claims that the 95 kWh battery pack can provide a range of up to 484 km on a single charge. It takes eight hours to fully charge.
The Audi e-Tron 50, on the other hand, is equipped with a 71 kWh battery pack that produces 230 kW or 309 bhp and 540 Nm of peak torque. It weighs 3040 kg and reaches triple digits in 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 190 kmph. Audi India claims that the e-tron 50 has a driving range of up to 379 km on a single full charge. All three variants come standard with progressive steering, adaptive air suspension, and Quattro all-wheel drive.
6. MG ZS EV 2022
MG Motor India has introduced the 2022 ZS EV in India. The ZS EV was the company’s first electric SUV in the country when it debuted in 2020, and it now gets a mid-life refresh. The car’s appearance has changed significantly, but the overall silhouette remains largely unchanged. There are two options available: Excite and Exclusive. Prices for the ZS EV start at Rs. 21.99 lakh (Excite) and go up to Rs. 25.88 lakh for the Exclusive variant.
The 2022 MG ZS EV is powered by the same 50.3 kWh battery pack that powers a permanent magnet synchronous motor, developing 174 bhp. It has an estimated range of 461 km on a single charge which is an improvement when compared to the earlier version as it’s range was 419 km. 0-100 kmph can be done in just 8.5 seconds and that’s quick.
7. Tata Nexon EV Max
Tata Motors has launched the long-range version of the Nexon EV, dubbed as the Nexon EV Max. The new variant is priced from Rs 17.74 lakh, going up to Rs 19.24 lakh (ex-showroom,. Delhi). The model gets an upgraded 40.5 kWh battery pack with a claimed range of over 437 km. The model has also seen several upgrades on the feature front including changes to the cabin, centre console as well as more safety and tech onboard.
Visually, the new long-range Tata Nexon EV Max will largely remain identical to the regular model, however, and we see the addition of a ‘Max’ badge on the EV. Do note that the Nexon EV Max will be sold alongside the standard version.