5 things you should know about the Mahindra eKUV100 (Electric)

The Mahindra eKUV100, or just Mahindra eKUV is one of the anticipated new electric car launches of 2020 in India. It was scheduled to go on sale in Q2 2020 (April – June 2020), but the Coronavirus pandemic hindered the launch timetable.

EVW understands that the Mahindra eKUV100’s launch is likely to take place in October now. Bookings are likely to open in early October, and the deliveries may begin at the end of the same month or in early November.

In this story we analyze the different aspects of India’s cheapest electric car.

Design

For the most part, the Mahindra eKUV100 looks like the petrol edition with some customary EV-style changes such as a closed-off upper grille and blue trails. Dark blue accent on the nose cone, headlamps, tail lamps and the wheel caps serve as identifiers. A unique garnish used for the headlights and tailgate, with the plaque on the latter featuring + and – signs serve as a reference to battery polarity. The interior design looks identical but the electric variant does have its own seat covers with blue highlights, though.

Charging ports are located on both the front fenders. We don’t know the colour options Mahindra will offer for the eKUV100 yet, but we’re expecting both white and blue. The company showcased a white sample at Auto Expo 2020 and presented a dark blue unit in a promo video, seen below.

Mahindra eKUV100 Electric Blue body colour
Screen capture from Mahindra’s official video showing the eKUV100 in a Blue body colour.

Features

Unlike the KUV100, the Mahindra electric car features various connected car solutions, such as remote door lock/unlock, cabin precooling, location tracking, remote diagnostics, driving pattern monitor, etc. Its equipment highlights will include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted audio controls and standard dual airbags.

The display unit at Auto Expo 2020 was missing alloy wheels and automatic climate control. It looks like even the all-electric variant will settle for steel wheels with caps and manual AC. On the plus side, it does offer the convenience of an automatic transmission, which should make urban driving easier.

Mahindra eKUV100 interior dashboard
The Mahindra eKUV100 has the same interior design as the Mahindra KUV100. It will likely come in only a standard trim.

The Mahindra eKUV100 is the company’s first in-house all-electric car. The Mahindra e20 had Reva roots, while the Mahindra eVerito is basically an electrified 2004 Dacia Logan/Renault Logan (Mk1). The Mahindra eKUV100 is the first of many new 100% Mahindra electric cars to come. Price is of the essence right now, and so, those worried about the unusual cost-cutting in this model can wait for the Mahindra eXUV300 and other more premium EVs arriving from next year that won’t skim on features.

Mahindra has invested INR 1,700 crore on the development of EVs as of February 2020. That, along with another INR 500 crore going into EV-specific R&D unit and components plant, makes us feel very confident about the next wave of EVs coming from the company beginning with this model.

Specifications

The Mahindra eKUV100 rides on the new light EV platform called MESMA 48 and in this case, it is a 72V system. It has a single electric motor that generates 40 kW (54.35 PS) and 120 Nm of torque. It has a 15.9 kWh battery pack that gives a range of 147 km (claimed by Mahindra). The liquid-cooled battery pack supports fast charging, and fast charging to 80% capacity takes 55 minutes. Dimensions have not been released, and shouldn’t be very different from the Mahindra KUV100. The standard vehicle is 3,700 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,655 tall. Its wheelbase is 2,385 mm.

EV ParameterMahindra eKUV100 Specification
Battery Pack TypeLithium-ion
Battery Pack Capacity15.9 kWh
Motor Power40 kW (54 PS)
Motor Torque120 Nm
Range147 km
80% Fast-Charging Time55 minutes

Target customer

Shared mobility customer would find the eKUV100 more appealing (such as ride-hailing services like Ola & Uber, rentals like Zoomcar and Drivezy, and other mobility companies like Lithium Urban Technologies) than private buyers as the savings are significant on electric vehicles for the fleet customer due to the government subsidy and the running as compared to a petrol vehicle in its fleet.

If more people prefer to use own cars once the lockdown is eased to follow social distancing norms, there would be a significant impact on the business of some of these shared mobility players as people would not step into a cab unless their safety is assured. However, one segment of shared mobility that could witness a positive growth (or perhaps a boom) when people return to work is the self-drive car and bike rentals.

While the cost-conscious and value-conscious fleet buyers are the primary group, Mahindra feels the electric KUV would also meet demands of certain personal consumers. Mahindra Electric believes that a few personal car buyers would also find the eKUV100 attractive as a city car.

Mahindra will launch new electric vehicles developed especially for individual customers from next year, beginning with the eXUV300 (likely in the second half). The MESMA 350 EV platform enables vehicles with up to 500 km range and the eXUV300 would have a range of around 370 km, competing with the Tata Nexon EV and forthcoming ‘

Mahindra eKUV100 Price

The Mahindra eKUV100 price in India was announced at the Auto Expo 2020 as INR 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi, post-FAME-II subsidy). The new Mahindra electric car is the most affordable electric car in the country. In Delhi, thanks to the Delhi Electric Vehicles Policy, 2020 early birds could benefit from an additional incentive of INR 1.50 lakh, taking the price further down to INR 6.75 lakh. Delhi government is offering a purchase incentive of INR 10,000/kWh up to INR 1.50 lakh, but on only the first 1,000 EVs sold after the announcement of this policy. Also, It has waived-off road tax and registration fees for BEVs sold during the period of this policy.

What is the price of the Mahindra eKUV100?

The price of the Mahindra eKUV100 is expected at INR 6.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi, including FAME-II and state subsidies for limited period).

When is the launch of the eKUV100?

The launch of the Mahindra eKUV100 is likely to take place in October 2020.

What is the range of the eKUV100?

The company-claimed travel range of the new Mahindra electric car is 147 km.

Mahindra is considering exporting the eKUV100 to South Africa as well. The company may begin exports of the new electric car sometime only in 2021. We’ll update this page with new info in the coming days, so check back later for updates.

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