The nation's EV (electric vehicle) sales surpassed 1 million in the fiscal year 2022–2023. In FY 2023, 1,152,021 units were sold in India. With sales of 726,976 units, the two-wheeler industry contributed the majority of sales (62 per cent). Regarding the four-wheeler market, retail sales of electric passenger vehicles reached 39,562 units in FY 2023. A range of auto manufacturers have planned new EVs in various segments in order to take advantage of the expanding EV market. Both brand-new models and electric versions of popular current models will be offered. Here is a brief overview of India's upcoming electric SUVs, which will be based on the country's current ICE (internal combustion engine) model lineup.
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Tata Harrier and Safari EVs
The popular Harrier and Safari SUVs from Tata Motors will be available in electric versions in the upcoming years. While the Harrier EV was on display at this year's Auto Expo in its concept form, the Safari EV was spotted in the nation undergoing testing. The Harrier EV will be constructed on Tata's new Sigma (Gen 2) platform and will have an AWD system as well as V2L and V2V charging capabilities. Its powertrain configuration should have a battery with a 60kWh capacity and a 400 to 500-kilometre range. Most likely, the SUVs' final production iteration will adhere to the original design.
Mahindra XUV700 EV
By the end of 2024, Mahindra's well-liked XUV700 SUV will have an electric drivetrain. The new XUV.e sub-brand for the company will be used to debut the model. According to reports, the electric SUV will have an 80kWh battery pack and an AWD system. It will have a power range of 230 to 350bhp. It will be 45mm longer, 10mm wider, and 5mm taller than the Mahindra XUV700 EV. Further, it will have a 7mm longer wheelbase. The XUVe.8 will serve as the foundation for Mahindra's new INGLO modular platform and come equipped with a closed-off front grille, headlamps mounted on the bumper, a sharply sculpted bonnet, full-width LED light bars, and an angular stance.
Hyundai Creta EV
The Hyundai Creta EV, which is expected to launch in early 2025, is currently being tested by the automaker. The model, which goes by the codename SU2i EV, will compete with Maruti Suzuki's upcoming eVX electric SUV. According to the leaked photos, the electric SUV will resemble its ICE counterpart. However, a few superficial adjustments are anticipated. The Creta EV's powertrain is unknown, but it is most likely sourced from the Kona EV. Currently, the Hyundai Kona EV is offered with a 39.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a permanent magnet synchronous motor that produces 136bhp of maximum power and 395Nm of peak torque.
Tata Punch EV
In the second half of 2023 or around the festive season, Tata's Punch, the second-best-selling SUV, will be available in an electric variant. One of the significant improvements will be to its structure. The new Sigma platform, which supports larger batteries, will serve as the foundation for the Tata Punch EV's design. According to sources, the 26kWh and 30.2kWh battery packs from the Tiago EV and the Nexon EV, respectively, could be paired with the electric SUV. A few EV-specific design tweaks will be made to the SUV, including a closed-off front grille, updated bumpers, blue accents, and brand-new alloy wheels.
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Kia Carens EV
Kia Carens electric MPV is said to be in the works. Its heavily disguised test mule was reportedly photographed in South Korea. Its production-ready version is expected to hit the road in 2025. The company will add certain EV-specific design tweaks to the MPV, such as a new front grille and alloy wheels. It will be built on the same base and powertrain as the Hyundai Creta EV.
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