7 Electric SUV cars launching in India within 12 months

The electric vehicle revolution has begun in India, which in the previous 12-14 month period has witnessed the launch of 3 electric SUV cars – Hyundai Kona EV, MG ZS EV and the Tata Nexon EV. However, the next 12-14 month period will see the launch of at least 7 electric SUVs in the Indian market as tempting alternatives to petrol-powered cars.

Take a look at our list for a snapshot of the incoming vehicles. Click on the first link in each paragraph to know more about them.

Mercedes EQC

Mercedes EQC electric SUV cars

Mercedes-Benz India will enter the EV space on 8 October with the Mercedes EQC electric SUV. The fully imported electric SUV won’t come cheap, with price expectations at around the INR 1.2 crore region, ex-Showroom. However, the Mercedes electric car will feature an 80kWh lithium-ion battery capable of fast charging and a range of up to 370-414km (WLTP cycle).

Electric SUV car nameLaunch DateExpected Price (ex-showroom)
Mercedes EQCOctober 8Rs. 1.2 crore

Jaguar I-Pace

2021 Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV cars

The Jaguar I-Pace has already been listed on the brand’s Indian website, and a market launch is expected this Diwali. The i-Pace will be the first of many Jaguar electric cars in India. Available in two variants – I-Pace EV400 and I-Pace EV320 – both have a range of up to 480 km (WLTP cycle) though the latter takes 6.4 seconds to 100km/h as compared to the former’s 4.8 seconds. The I-Pace too will be an imported electric SUV in India with a price north of INR 1 crore (ex-Showroom).

Electric SUV car nameLaunch DateExpected Price (ex-showroom)
Jaguar I-PaceDiwali 2020Rs. 1 crore+

Mahindra eKUV100

Mahindra eKUV100 front three quarter view - Auto Expo 2020

Bookings for the Mahindra eKUV100, or the Mahindra eKUV as it can be called, are expected to start this month with a launch planned in the coming weeks. The Mahindra electric car is expected to be priced at INR 6.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi, including FAME-II and state subsidies for limited period). A 15.9 kWh battery pack is expected to deliver a range of 147 km (as claimed during the reveal at the 2020 Auto Expo), though we expect that number to be revised slightly as Mahindra could have made minor improvements in this time.

A 53.6 hp electric motor makes 120 Nm of torque, and drives the front wheels. The first of the Mahindra electric SUV cars comes with DC fast charging with 80 percent battery topup available in just one hour.

Electric SUV car nameLaunch DatePrice (ex-showroom)
Mahindra eKUV100October 2020Rs. 8.25 lakh

Audi e-tron

Audi e-Tron electric car in India

The Audi e-tron has been confirmed for the Indian market, though ideally, it should have been launched by now. However, owing to the pandemic and the fact that several IC-engined SUVs are waiting for a replacement or refreshment, the launch of the Audi electric car could have been deferred by a few months. However Audi India head Balbir Singh Dhillon confirmed even last month that the brand will launch the e-tron In India.

One of the premium electric SUV cars, the Audi e-tron was also showcased in India last year during the inauguration of Audi’s Gurugram dealership. With a 95kWh battery, and a motor at each axle, the e-tron has a range of 390km and with a 150kW DC fast charger, the battery can be charged to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

Electric SUV car nameExpected Launch DateExpected Price (ex-showroom)
Audi e-tronMid-2021Rs. 1 crore+

Mahindra eXUV300

Mahindra eXUV300 front three quarter view - Auto Expo 2020

Showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 in a production-oriented state, the Mahindra eXUV300 is truly a game changer and one of highly anticipated electric SUV cars in India. Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD and CEO of Mahindra has confirmed the launch for the next calendar year during a recent earnings call. He also confirmed the Mahindra electric SUV will come in multiple variants.

The entry model is expected with a 200 km range a long range variant with a 375 km range. In the future, a performance variant could also be launched making it the flagship in the XUV300 series. A bigger touchscreen, semi-digital cockpit and a wireless mobile phone charger are its unique features.

The no-compromise Mahindra electric car is built on the MESMA 350 (Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture 350), while the 350-volt powertrain has been developed completely in-house. It will support a wide range of electric motors from 60 kW to 280 kW, and different configurations including a dual-motor setup, and batteries up to 80 kWh capacities.

Electric SUV car nameLaunch DateExpected Price (ex-showroom)
Mahindra eXUV300Late-2021Rs 12 lakh

Hyundai Kona facelift

2021 Hyundai Kona facelift blue front quarters
Image of the Hyundai Kona facelift (non-electric variant) added for reference. The Kona was the first Hyundai electric car in India when it launched last year.

The Hyundai Kona facelift was unveiled last month, and though Hyundai is yet to reveal the Kona electric facelift, it is reasonable to assume the changes to be carried over with the exception to the grille, bumper. wheels and badges. On the inside, the Kona facelift gains an electronic parking brake, a new 10.25 inch touchscreen BlueLink system and new color options for seat upholstery. When it comes to India (expected in H2 2021), Hyundai could drive up the localization on the electric SUV, as indicated by Hyundai India MD and CEO SS Kim in an interview this year.

The powertrain of the 2021 Hyundai Kona electric will remain unchanged, Hyundai confirmed it its release. Available in two configurations – standard and long range – its the former that is available in India. A 39.2 kWh battery pack delivers a range of 452 km; it can be fast charged to 80 percent using a DC 50kW charger in 57 minutes, or conventionally charged using a 3-phase 10.5kW AC charger in 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Electric SUV car nameExpected Launch DateExpected Price (ex-showroom)
Hyundai Kona EV 2021Mid-2021Rs. 23 lakh

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge front view

Charles Frump, MD Volvo India, confirmed the launch of the Volvo XC40 Recharge in 2021. The Volvo electric car will be assembled in India, and is expected in the price bracket of INR 45-50 lakhs, ex-Showroom. With two 150kW motors combining to produce 408 PS, the XC40 Recharge does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds. On the WLTP cycle, the Volvo electric car achieves 400 km of range and features fast charging to 80 percent in 40 minutes.

Electric SUV car nameExpected Launch DateExpected Price (ex-showroom)
Volvo XC40 RechargeMid-2021Rs. 45 lakh