Electric cars surely are the future, and each year car manufacturers in India are coming up with new battery-operated vehicles. However, India is still far behind in terms of EV infrastructure. The lack of public charging stations and high prices (despite the government’s subsidy) has decreased the use of EVs. The driving range is also one of the biggest concerns for the car buyer considering an electric vehicle. But the latest wave of electric cars is capable of some very respectable range, the sort that means you can plan a long road trip with your family and friends.
So what are the longest-range electric cars on sale in India today? Here, we have listed the country’s top 5 electric cars that promise the highest range according to the ARAI.
1. MG ZS EV
Since its launch, the MG ZS EV has found good acceptance among electric vehicle buyers. Launched in 2020, the electric SUV recently got an update in March 2022.
The 2022 MG ZS EV is equipped with a 50.3 kWh battery pack with ARAI claimed range of 461 Km on a single charge. The real-life range, however, is expected to be 380-400 kilometres. According to the company, the battery has passed 8 special safety tests, including fire, collision, dust, smoke, etc.
The 2022 MG ZS EV is powered by a PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) which produces 176 bhp of power and 280 Nm of torque. MG claims that the SUV can sprint from 0-100 kph in 8.5 seconds. With the 7.4kW AC wall box charger, the ZS can charge from 0-100 per cent in 8.5 to 9 hours. And 0-80 per cent on a 50kW DC charger takes just 60 mins.
2. Hyundai Kona
Launched in July 2019, the Hyundai Kona Electric was the first electric vehicle in India from Hyundai. The Kona is offered in two variants Premium and Premium dual-tone – priced at Rs 23.71 lakh and 23.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
The electric SUV is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor which produces 136bhp of power and 395Nm of torque. Talking about the battery it has a 39.3kWh lithium-ion battery offering an ARAI-certified range of 452km. It takes 57 minutes to get fully charged via a 50kW DC fast charger and 6 hours 10 minutes via a standard AC power socket.
Globally the Hyundai Kona electric was updated in 2020 and the facelifted model is expected to come to our shores sometime in 2022.
The Hyundai Kona is expected to be powered by a 39.2kWh battery and a 136hp motor for a 304km range or a 64kWh battery and a 204hp motor for a 483km range. The electric SUV is expected to be priced at around Rs 24-26 lakhs.
3. Tata Nexon EV Max
Tata Motors took the wraps off the new Nexon EV Max recently. The highlight of the Nexon EV Max is its ARAI-certified range of 437km on a full charge. This is important because it is the first indigenous EV in the country, that is promising true long-range to customers who want to make intra-city travels.
The Nexon EV Max is powered by a 40.5 kWh battery paired with an electric motor that produces 143 bhp power and 250 Nm torque.
The Nexon Max has been introduced with two charging modes. There’s a standard 3.3kWh charging set-up and a 7.2kWh option at an additional cost of Rs 50,000. The main advantage of the higher kWh charging option will be that charging time would be cut down to half from the standard 15-16 hours to 6.5 hours. Additionally, a 50kWh fast charger can charge the Nexon EV Max from 0-80 per cent in just 56 minutes.
4. Volvo XC 40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the company’s first all-electric offering in the country and will come to India as a completely built unit (CBU). Like the regular XC40, the XC40 Recharge is also built on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. Except for some of the visual markings that signify its electric nature, the rest of the elements are similar to the XC40.
The Volvo XC40 comes with a dual-motor powertrain with 150 kW electric motors on each axle that produce 402 bhp and 660 Nm of peak torque.
The dual-electric motors are powered by a 78 kWh battery pack that offers a claimed range of up to 418 km. Volvo claims that the SUV can achieve 0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds (claimed).
5. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is an electric luxury SUV from Mercedes-Benz. It was introduced to the Indian market last year with a price tag of Rs 99.30 lakh. The electric SUV is powered by two asynchronous motors with an 85kWh lithium-ion battery pack offering a combined power of 408bhp and 765Nm of torque.
The electric SUV takes around 10 hours to charge the batteries With a 7.5kW wall-box charger and 90 minutes in a 50kW DC fast charge and has a range of 414 kms per charge.
Mercedes claims that the electric SUV can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 5.1 seconds.