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Top Electric Car Of The Year: Your Pick?


Electric mobility is slowly gathering steam in the country. Which of these EVs can be its flagbearer?

 

Stricter emission norms and the move to cleaner fuel means we are seeing more manufacturers taking the greener electric route as a source of propulsion for upcoming cars. And though India is lagging behind in charging infrastructure, there are a couple of EVs on sale that can aid the adoption of these emission-less cars.

Welcome to Auto Premier League, where you get to pick your favourite electric vehicle and win exciting prizes. Green car is part of round 2 of APL and voting for the same will begin tomorrow at 12PM.  Here’s the list of EVs that currently charting on Indian roads and you can choose from:

Hyundai Kona Electric:

The Hyundai Kona Electric debuted as India’s first long-range EV thanks to its impressive 452km of ARAI-claimed range. Though the Kona Electric has a steep asking price of Rs 23.72 lakh (ex-showroom), its found a healthy number of takers thanks to its green credentials and long range. Furthermore, the long range capabilities mean you have a little less to worry about charging infrastructure. 

Pros:

  • A healthy claimed range of 452km. 

  • 3-year/unlimited km warranty on the car and 8-year/1,60,000km warranty for the battery pack.

  • Loaded with features like LED projector headlamps, 10-way powered driver’s seat, 6 airbags, and an 8-inch touchscreen system.

  • Multiple charging options - DC fast charge, level 2 AC wallbox charger & level 1 portable charger.

  • Low running cost. Hyundai even claims overall operational cost, including services, is 1/5th of an equivalent petrol car.

Cons:

  • Cabin and boot space are equivalent to hatchback standards. 

  • Limited charging network means you need to depend on fast charge stations or the slow portable charger.

  • Lacks the road presence and size of similarly-priced SUVs. 

For more information on the Kona Electric: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Hyundai/kona

MG ZS EV: 

The ZS EV is MG’s answer to Hyundai’s Kona Electric. It’s also one of India’s first EV to come with the now-trending connected car technology. The ZS EV also comes loaded with features like a panoramic sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen and an air purifier. It also looks more SUVish when compared to Kona Electric. MG claims that it can do up to 340km on a single charge and has tied up with Tata Power to expand its charging infrastructure. 

Pros:

  • Range decent enough for daily duties and nearby weekend trips.

  • Peppy drivetrain means you can have some fun.

Cons:

  • A tad more premium interiors would’ve been welcome.

  • No rear air-con vents could disappoint the chauffeur-driven Seth. 

For more details on the ZS EV: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/MG-Motor/zs-ev

Tata Nexon EV: 

The Tata Nexon EV is one EV that we are really impressed with. Though it’s smaller than the Kona and ZS EV, the Tata EV packs in an almost similar punch, comes loaded with features and even has a decent 312km (ARAI-claimed range). Furthermore, the recent facelifted design and the updated cabin also impress. 

Pros:

  • Silent powertrain and a smooth driving experience.

  • Sharp and handsome styling means it garners attention.

  • Loaded to the gills with features. 

  • Long warranty on the battery pack means you don’t need to worry.

  • Comfortable and spacious cabin for five adults.

Cons:

  • Highway usage sees the battery drain faster than usual. 

  • More expensive than petrol/diesel Nexon.

  • Fast charging network is unreliable.

For more details on the Nexon EV: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Tata/nexon-ev

Tata Tigor EV:

The Tata Tigor EV was initially made available for fleet purposes with very limited range. However, considering its decent response, Tata Motors acted quickly and launched a more improved version with a higher range. It was  offered to private buyers as well. At the moment, the Tigor EV is the cheapest electric vehicles one can buy in the market today for the passenger segment. 

Pros:

  • Harman sound system to soothe audiophiles. 

  • Claimed range enough for daily commutes. 

  • Compact dimensions mean it’s easy to drive around tight confines.

Cons:

  • Range not enough for inter-city trips.

  • Sluggish performance due to underpowered motor. 

  • Price is on the higher side. 

For more information on the Tigor EV: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Tata/tigor-ev

Mahindra e-Verito: 

Mahindra’s e-Verito has been on sale since 2016 and was one of the first electric sedans in the country.  The e-Verito has majorly been used as a fleet vehicle, though private people could also get hold of one too. The 140km claimed range means it could come across as a decent city commuter. The e-Verito’s Mahindra’s only EV for the private buyers and is a rival to the Tata Tigor EV. 

Pros:

  • Large comfortable sedan.

  • Low running and maintenance costs.

  • REVive feature helps add range in an emergency.

Cons:

  • Low range of just 140km.

  • Not many features at this price.

  • Only driver airbag standard.

For more information on the e-Verito: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Mahindra/e-verito

Mahindra e2O Plus: 

The Mahindra e2O Plus was one of the longest selling EVs in the country. Based on the humble Reva, the e2O Plus was known for its miniature size, making it easy for any newbie to get behind the wheel of a car. Despite its humble dimensions it can carry four people, though the rear seats are better suited for children. The e2O also offered a decent claimed range of 110 to 140km on a single charge. 

Pros: 

  • More features than the larger e-Verito.

  • Great for congested city driving.

  • Low cost of running and maintenance.

Cons:

  • Low range.

  • No airbags.

  • Quick charge socket only on fleet variant.

For more information on  the e2O Plus: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Mahindra/e2o

Stricter emission norms and the move to cleaner fuel means we are seeing more manufacturers taking the greener electric route as a source of propulsion for upcoming cars. And though India is lagging behind in charging infrastructure, there are a couple of EVs on sale that can aid the adoption of these emission-less cars.

 

Welcome to Auto Premier League, where you get to pick your favourite electric vehicle and win exciting prizes. Green car is part of round 2 of APL and voting for the same will begin tomorrow at 12PM.  Here’s the list of EVs that currently charting on Indian roads and you can choose from:

 

Hyundai Kona Electric:

 

The Hyundai Kona Electric debuted as India’s first long-range EV thanks to its impressive 452km of ARAI-claimed range. Though the Kona Electric has a steep asking price of Rs 23.72 lakh (ex-showroom), its found a healthy number of takers thanks to its green credentials and long range. Furthermore, the long range capabilities mean you have a little less to worry about charging infrastructure. 

 

Pros:

 

  • A healthy claimed range of 452km. 

  • 3-year/unlimited km warranty on the car and 8-year/1,60,000km warranty for the battery pack.

  • Loaded with features like LED projector headlamps, 10-way powered driver’s seat, 6 airbags, and an 8-inch touchscreen system.

  • Multiple charging options - DC fast charge, level 2 AC wallbox charger & level 1 portable charger.

  • Low running cost. Hyundai even claims overall operational cost, including services, is 1/5th of an equivalent petrol car.

 

Cons:

 

  • Cabin and boot space are equivalent to hatchback standards. 

  • Limited charging network means you need to depend on fast charge stations or the slow portable charger.

  • Lacks the road presence and size of similarly-priced SUVs. 

 

For more information on the Kona Electric: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Hyundai/kona

 

MG ZS EV:

 

The ZS EV is MG’s answer to Hyundai’s Kona Electric. It’s also one of India’s first EV to come with the now-trending connected car technology. The ZS EV also comes loaded with features like a panoramic sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen and an air purifier. It also looks more SUVish when compared to Kona Electric. MG claims that it can do up to 340km on a single charge and has tied up with Tata Power to expand its charging infrastructure. 

 

Pros:

 

  • Range decent enough for daily duties and nearby weekend trips.

  • Peppy drivetrain means you can have some fun.

 

Cons:

 

  • A tad more premium interiors would’ve been welcome.

  • No rear air-con vents could disappoint the chauffeur-driven Seth. 

 

For more details on the ZS EV: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/MG-Motor/zs-ev

 

Tata Nexon EV:

 

The Tata Nexon EV is one EV that we are really impressed with. Though it’s smaller than the Kona and ZS EV, the Tata EV packs in an almost similar punch, comes loaded with features and even has a decent 312km (ARAI-claimed range). Furthermore, the recent facelifted design and the updated cabin also impress. 

 

Pros:

 

  • Silent powertrain and a smooth driving experience.

  • Sharp and handsome styling means it garners attention.

  • Loaded to the gills with features. 

  • Long warranty on the battery pack means you don’t need to worry.

  • Comfortable and spacious cabin for five adults.

 

Cons:

 

  • Highway usage sees the battery drain faster than usual. 

  • More expensive than petrol/diesel Nexon.

  • Fast charging network is unreliable.

 

For more details on the Nexon EV: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Tata/nexon-ev

 

Tata Tigor EV:

 

The Tata Tigor EV was initially made available for fleet purposes with very limited range. However, considering its decent response, Tata Motors acted quickly and launched a more improved version with a higher range. It was  offered to private buyers as well. At the moment, the Tigor EV is the cheapest electric vehicles one can buy in the market today for the passenger segment. 

 

Pros:

 

  • Harman sound system to soothe audiophiles. 

  • Claimed range enough for daily commutes. 

  • Compact dimensions mean it’s easy to drive around tight confines.

 

Cons:

 

  • Range not enough for inter-city trips.

  • Sluggish performance due to underpowered motor. 

  • Price is on the higher side. 

 

For more information on the Tigor EV: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Tata/tigor-ev

 

Mahindra e-Verito:

 

Mahindra’s e-Verito has been on sale since 2016 and was one of the first electric sedans in the country.  The e-Verito has majorly been used as a fleet vehicle, though private people could also get hold of one too. The 140km claimed range means it could come across as a decent city commuter. The e-Verito’s Mahindra’s only EV for the private buyers and is a rival to the Tata Tigor EV. 

 

Pros:

 

  • Large comfortable sedan.

  • Low running and maintenance costs.

  • REVive feature helps add range in an emergency.

 

Cons:

 

  • Low range of just 140km.

  • Not many features at this price.

  • Only driver airbag standard.

 

For more information on the e-Verito: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Mahindra/e-verito

 

Mahindra e2O Plus:

 

The Mahindra e2O Plus was one of the longest selling EVs in the country. Based on the humble Reva, the e2O Plus was known for its miniature size, making it easy for any newbie to get behind the wheel of a car. Despite its humble dimensions it can carry four people, though the rear seats are better suited for children. The e2O also offered a decent claimed range of 110 to 140km on a single charge. 

 

Pros: 

 

  • More features than the larger e-Verito.

  • Great for congested city driving.

  • Low cost of running and maintenance.

 

Cons:

 

  • Low range.

  • No airbags.

  • Quick charge socket only on fleet variant.

 

For more information on  the e2O Plus: https://www.zigwheels.com/newcars/Mahindra/e2o

 

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