India has been the biggest suppliers of vehicles for Nepal, be it two, four or even more wheelers. So it is safe to assume that whatever launches at our neighbor’s place, some of it will eventually make its way into Nepal. As the automotive world has grown incredibly environment-friendly over recent years, India is also establishing its place as one of the front runners to usher in the electric vehicle movement. Here is a quick list of all the electric vehicles launching in India by 2020:
- Jaguar I-Pace
Starting the list with what might be the best electric vehicle right now the Jaguar I-Pace is the first electric vehicle from the British manufacturer. This electric vehicle created history by winning 3 awards in the World Car Awards. Jaguar’s Tesla Model X rival, the all-electric SUV the I-Pace has become the first vehicle to win awards in three categories in the same year at the 2019 World Car Awards. The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace won awards for World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and Green Car of the Year. The I-Pace is also the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the last 15-year history of the awards. Before this, the Jaguar SUV had also recently won the European Car of the Year title and declared its status as the most desirable premium electric vehicle in the world. Ever since its unveiling over a year ago the Jaguar I-Pace has won over 60 awards including the European Car of the Year, German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year, BBC TopGear magazine EV of the Year, China Green Car of the Year, and Autobest’s ECOBEST Award, and many more.
- Renault City K-ZE
What looks to be an all-electric version of the Renault Kwid, the City K-ZE looks like the Kwid’s twin brother from the future. The K-ZE with a promised range of 250 km will go on sale in China later this year and will also make its way to India, although there’s no official word so far.
- Renault Zoe
Renault Zoe was showcased here in Nepal at the NADA Auto Show last year. The cute looking compact electric car from Renault could be just what our country needs to help cut back on fossil fuel. Renault has already begun testing the car in India and will bring the car there as an Import. Launched back in 2012 as an electric car from the very beginning the Zoe has had a few updates and promises a range of 400 km.
- Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV
The new WagonR has proved itself as one of the best and reliable cars in its segment. Our full review is on the works and will be out soon but now the folks over at Maruti Suzuki are working on the electric version of their tall boy. True to Maruti form, the WagonR EV will come priced quite aggressively upon launch next year in India. It should deliver a range of 200km. Maruti is already testing a fleet of electric WagonRsFord Aspire EV
Ford consistently makes the best driver-oriented engines for their car, Fords have always been fun to drive but now the company is working on an electric version of the Aspire, thanks to Mahindra. It will run an 82hp motor with a 25kWh battery giving it a real-world range of 150km. Mahindra and Ford will sell their own versions, but there will be very few changes between the two models.
- Nissan Leaf
The best selling electric car in the world is finally making its way to India and this the one car from the list that we are highly eager to see on the Nepali roads. The Leaf will enter the Indian market with the smaller of the two capacities on offer; a 40kWh battery with an EPA cycle range of 241km. Power and torque figures stand at 150hp and 320Nm. We don’t think it will be cheap though.
- Tata Altroz EV
While the regular Altroz with a combustion engine is awaiting launch in India, the work is already underway for an all-electric model of the newest Tata hatch. t is likely to take a while to hit showrooms. While Tata did not reveal all the technical details, it did state the EV will have a range of 250-300km and fast-charge capability with 80 percent charge in one hour.
- Mahindra eKUV100
The fate of the all popular Mahindra e20 Plus looks bleak in India as the car axed by the current safety norms made by the Indian government. Mahindra is developing an electric version of the KUV100 that will replace it as Mahindra’s EV hatchback, come early 2020. With a 40kW motor, 15.9kWh battery, and 120km range, the numbers won’t blow your mind; but it promises to serve as a practical and robust family EV.
- MG eZS
One of the cars that thoroughly impressed us in our review was the MG ZS, with an astounding value for money proposition the ZS is a testament of offering more for less. Now, MG is giving the ZS an all-electric makeover inside and out. The eZS will have a 148hp motor driving the front wheels and will be equipped with a 45kWh battery.
Apart from this, there are other electric vehicles making their way to India but sadly not into Nepal. These include the Audi e-Tron, Volvo XC60, and the BMW i8 Roadster.