An electric car costs little under $50,000, but you’ll need to spend more than $60,000 to see how fantastic EVs can be.
Tata Tiago EV. 4.2. ₹ 8.49 Lakh – ₹ 11.79 Lakh* KIA EV6 from Rs. 59.95 Lakh* and above, 500 km/charge
Tata Tigor EV Rs. 12,49,001* and above, 306 km/charge
MG ZS EV Rs. 22,58,001* and above, 419 km/charge
Tata Nexon EV Max: 18.34 lakh rupees* and above, 437 kilometres per charge
There are currently 26 different electric car models available in India from 18 different electric car manufacturers. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata, Mahindra, and KIA are major brands that sell electric vehicles in India. Tata Tiago EV, KIA EV6, Tata Tigor EV, MG ZS EV, and Tata Nexon EV Max are a few of the most well-known electric vehicles in India.
Models of electric cars
Your preferences and needs will play a large role in determining the greatest value electric vehicle available. What we can say is that the BYD Atto 3 and the MG ZS, both produced in China, are the least expensive EVs available.
Don’t let the British heritage of the MG emblem deceive you; both cars are from Chinese-owned enterprises. The national driveaway price for the MG starts at $44,990, while the price for the BYD is $48,011 plus applicable taxes (up $3600 in recent weeks). On the road, it can still be purchased for under $50,000. Each is an SUV.
Although the MG brand is more well-known in Australia and offers a stronger warranty, in our opinion the BYD is the superior drive (both cars are nominally covered for seven years, but the BYD excludes certain parts and systems).
How much of a premium are you really paying to go battery-only? The gasoline equivalent in the MG is $22,000 less expensive. The high cost of battery packs, however, is concealed by car manufacturers by a plethora of “spec.”
Typically, EVs come with extras that the manufacturer would otherwise charge several thousands of dollars for, but these come at a far reduced cost to the manufacturer. Therefore, if a basic EV were to be made available, it would probably only be slightly less expensive than a model with several options.
At the low end of the market, as one might expect, neither the MG (a modified petrol car) nor the BYD (described as a completely new EV design but with front-drive and other compromises) demonstrate the full potential of EVs. You need to earn between $60,000 and $70,000, or possibly a little more, to see that.
This gives you access to a greater variety. The following are the most important factors to think about.
The Hyundai Motor Group offers two nearly related Korean-made vehicles: the Kia EV6 (from $72,590 including on-road expenses) and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (from $69,990 plus on-road expenses). Both vehicles function well and have cutting-edge technology, rear- or all-wheel drive, and extremely daring designs. Along with Kia and Hyundai, which are sibling companies and share a lot of what you can’t see, there are also Polestar sedans and SUVs with Swedish engineering and Chinese manufacturing that have a lot going for them. The cheapest Volvo XC40 EV costs $72,990+orc, while the least expensive Polestar 2 costs $63,900+orc. Both entry-level vehicles have front-wheel drive, which is poor for an electric motor with strong torque; the more expensive all-wheel drive variants are better. Within a few weeks, the VW Group will release its first EV model. It’s the Born hatch from the brand-new Cupra in Spain. “The best range and price combination,” it guarantees. It will succeed if it can sell for $60,000 and travel 500 kilometres without recharging.
You reach Tesla territory by taking a short upward step. Previously the EV monarch in Australia, the Model 3 sedan (now $65,500 plus on-road costs) is now easily outsold by its somewhat larger, heavier SUV stablemate, the Model Y ($72,300 plus on-road costs). Elon Musk appears intent to ensure that the Tesla brand will always be divisive, yet the cars themselves still perform several tasks better than any rival (such as eke the most kilometres out of each kWh).
Tesla owners benefit from a dedicated charging network that provides coverage in some regions that is superior to all others put together. Tesla owners can still use non-Tesla stations if necessary. These are some of the advantages of Tesla entering the market first and focusing on just one type of power. And they are among the factors contributing to Tesla’s continued sales dominance.
Early in the new year, the $82,900 BMW iX1 small SUV will be available in this country, including applicable taxes.
Beyond $90,000, we enter the luxury market, which includes products like Audi, Benz, BMW, Genesis, Porsche, and, starting in 2019, even Rolls-Royce. These are vehicles you purchase out of want rather than because the math works out.
Last but not least, act quickly if you decide you want an EV. The fringe benefits tax legislation will probably prolong already lengthy wait times even more.