The battery run or electric cars on Indian roads are no more a novel phenomenon these days. There is definitely an upward trend for these cars in the global as well as Indian automotive scenario. With the increase in awareness among consumers globally, the popularity of cleaner and greener electric cars are increasing by leaps and bounds.
Thanks to Elon Musk and his electric car company Tesla for popularizing and, to an extent glamourizing the concept of electric vehicles worldwide. With the ever increasing pollution levels, more and more countries are embracing the concept of electric vehicles, considering fuel run cars are one of the chief contributors of the harmful gases in the atmosphere.
What is an Electric car?
An electric car or an electric drive vehicle is one which uses one or more electric or traction motor for propulsion. The engines are powered by electricity sourced from off-vehicle sources or a battery or generator that converts fuel to electric power.
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These electric cars can be a pure electric one or a Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), that is a combination of a conventional internal combustion engine coupled with an electric motor. The most popular one is the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) which comes with externally rechargeable batteries and a combustion engine that works as a backup when the battery runs out of its stored power. In some cases both the engines work in tandem.
We introduce some of the top electric cars available in the Indian car market:
This is the most popular electric car in India from the homegrown auto manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra. It’s a four-door hatchback and is an evolution of the Mahindra e20 which was a two-door electric car. The car has a standalone electric three phase induction motor that generates a healthy dose of 40 hp and 91 Nm torque. The power is stored in a 210 ah Lithium-ion battery which can propel the car up to 140 kms and a top speed of 85 km/h. The e20Plus is priced at INR 5.46 lakh to INR 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord made a re-entry to India in the last quarter of 2016 calendar year. The new Accord is powered by a 2.0-Litre Atkinson DOHC i-VTEC engine. This is a hybrid engine which has an internal combustion gasoline motor coupled with an electric motor. Both the engine put together develops 212 hp. The car gets a 1.3 kWh Lithium-ion battery and is priced at INR 37 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Like the new Accord, the Camry is also a hybrid electric vehicle. The 2.5-Litre VVTi petrol motor is coupled with an electric motor to generate 202 hp and 213 Nm torque. The car is priced at INR 31.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
This sports car is the most expensive and tech-laden electric car available in India. Anything and everything on the i8 is hi-tech and ultra-modern - the car gets an electric motor that drives the front wheels. The combustion engine behind the seats sends the power to the rear axle. It’s a plug-in hybrid and along with a three cylinder 1.5-Litre petrol motor. Both the engines put together churns out 362 hp power.
The Mahindra eVerito is powered by a 3-phase 72V induction motor that puts out 30.5 kW of power and 91 Nm torque. The source of power is the 200 Ah Lithium-ion cell. The car has a healthy 110 Kms range on a full charge and has a claimed top speed of 86 km/h. The car is priced in the INR 9.50 lakh - INR 10 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Volvo XC90 T8
It is the country’s plug-in hybrid SUV from the Swedish automaker Volvo. The AWD T8 XC 90 is powered by a twin-engine plug-in hybrid electric power train. The car has a 2.0-Litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol motor coupled with a 9.2 kWh Lithium-ion powered electric motor. Both the engines put together develop an impressive 402 hp power.