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Electric Cars in India

Currently, there are 12 electric cars on sale in India. Of these, the Tata Tiago EV is the cheapest EV while the BMW i7 is the most expensive electric car in India. Upcoming electric cars in India include Citroen eC3,Mercedes-Benz EQA and Hyundai Ioniq among others.Locate a charging station in your city.

Electric Cars Price List 2023

ModelEx-Showroom Price
Kia EV6Rs. 60.95 - 65.95 Lakh*
Tata Tiago EVRs. 8.49 - 11.79 Lakh*
Tata Tigor EVRs. 12.49 - 13.75 Lakh*
Hyundai Kona ElectricRs. 23.84 - 24.03 Lakh*
BMW i7Rs. 1.95 Cr*
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Electric vehicles Pros and Cons

  • Pros
  • Cons

Zero Emissions

Unlike petrol, diesel or even CNG cars, EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions. They also run quieter than conventional vehicles, which means reduced noise pollution. So, if you drive an EV, you are among the relatively few people in the world doing their bit towards making the environment cleaner and greener.

Low Maintenance

EVs are expensive to buy but cheaper to maintain. They have fewer moving parts, which reduces the chances of a breakdown . Besides, you’ll also save money on items on period maintenance such as engine oil, air filter, cooling system flushes, etc. All you have to service are the usual wear and tear components like brakes and tyres, resulting in a low maintenance cost.

Low Cost Per Kilometer

With the soaring fuel prices a petrol can be as much as 80% more costly per kilometer than recharging an electric. This difference in the daily running cost can easily make up for the higher purchase cost in the duration for the first few years depending upon your daily usage.

Good Performance

While a traditional petrol or diesel car will have an ideal engine range in which they deliver the best performance, electric cars offer exciting performance right from the start. This is particularly helpful in the city as the pickups and overtakes become effortless.

Government Subsidies

With the government encouraging the shift to EVs, there is central (FAME) and statewide subsidies on electric vehicles. This helps the prices of these EVs to be a little more competitive against internal combustion engine counterparts. In certain states, you can even get an electric vehicle at the ex-showroom price.

Limited Fast Charging Network

While there are new EV fast chargers being set up in the country, most of these are still in the pipeline. And the ones that are set up are yet to be operational. This poses a grave challenge while planning a road trip as there is no certainty whether you will find a functioning charger. Even if you do find one, having it readily available without having to wait behind others will depend on your luck.

Higher Cost

The upfront cost of buying an EV is more than petrol/diesel-powered cars. That’s because battery components are expensive and are mostly imported. However, if your daily drive is more than 50km, you should be able to recover this cost in a matter of years depending on the EV you own.

Range Limitations

Most electric cars offer a practical range between 200-300Km. This is because while they can recover range in the city with regeneration, on the highways it is only depleting. This will not be an issue if fast chargers were widely available, but that is not yet the case. And the limited numbers of these chargers make planning a road trip in an EV a cumbersome process. Also, while a lot of chargers are now listed on Google Maps, many of them are out of order.

Battery Life

While an engine of a car can go on for decades and the fuel tanks hardly ever need replacement, the life of a battery pack is limited. Just like a smartphone, the range of a battery pack keeps on depleting with use and hence, by 10 years, it depletes to about 60 percent of the total capacity. Most manufacturers give you an 8 year warranty on the battery pack but it will then need a replacement, which will be expensive. Though by then as is the case with your cell phone, you may be ready to upgrade anyways?

Limited Mass Market Options

With all the issues and challenges plaguing EVs currently, it would be prudent to buy one only if it’s your secondary car. However, there aren’t too many options to choose from, especially in the budget segment, just yet.

Key Components

  • Battery

    The rechargeable battery is the power source of the EV, and provides the fuel (electricity) to the electric motor. Any EV typically uses more than one battery, collectively referred to as a battery pack. Most EVs have these installed under the floor of the cabin. Their power capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh).

  • Motors

    Electric motors replace the complex powertrains of conventional cars. There is typically one, but we have also seen dual motors and rarely three or four individual motors for each wheel. The motors are relatively compact and liberate more space in EVs. The electric motors’ advantage is immediate peak torque delivery, and noiseless, pollution-free operation.

  • Controller

    All that immediate torque may not always be needed, so an EV has a controller to regulate the flow of power from the battery pack to its motor. It computes your usage with respect to the available battery charge and delivers power accordingly. This also opens the EV up to various driving modes.

User Reviews of Electric Cars

  • Mahindra XUV400 EV

    XUV 400 Is A Performance Power House

    Mahindra XUV 400 is a clear winner in the Indian EV market. Their build quality, safety with 6 airbags, and performance are top-notch. Its appearance is ve... Read More

    By user
    On: Jan 30, 2023 | 2187 Views
  • BMW i7

    BMW I7 Is A Wonderful Car

    BMW i7 is a wonderful car against its competitors, the features it offers are just awesome. The price in India is a bit on the higher side but the overall experience make... Read More

    By abdullah
    On: Jan 22, 2023 | 367 Views
  • Tata Tiago EV

    Tiago.EV Review

    Good Efficient car and it is completely budget free and very good for daily use. I strongly recommend you to buy Tiago EV as is it very cost-effective and maintenance fre... Read More

    By krishna
    On: Jan 08, 2023 | 6266 Views
  • Kia EV6

    Best Electric Car Ever

    Kia has big plans to establish itself as an all-electric car company. Family car buyers looking for a capable, electric car will find that the Kia EV6 easily fits the bil... Read More

    By sneha jha
    On: Jan 06, 2023 | 430 Views
  • Hyundai Kona Electric

    Comfortable With Nice New Features.

    Comfortable with the latest features. Low running cost. Good seating capacity and it is a good-looking car. Good boot space and a lovely exterior and interior. Value for ... Read More

    On: Oct 21, 2022 | 2023 Views

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Frequently Asked Questions On Electric Cars

Do electric cars have engines?

Electric cars have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The motor is powered by a large battery pack placed in the car, which can be recharged through a wall socket or portable charger.

Which are the best electric cars in India?

There are currently 28 electric cars available for sale in India. The popular electric cars are ev6, tiago ev, tigor ev, kona electric, i7.

How long does the battery of an electric car last?

Depending on the size of the battery pack of an EV, the battery can last for a range of 100-450 km. To give some clarity, a mid-sized 22 kWh battery gives a range of around 130-160 kms. In India, the Kia EV6 GT line, offers the best range among all electric cars.

Can we charge electric cars at home?

Home charging can be done via the installation of a home charging point or an EVSE supply for a 3-pin plug socket that is provided by the carmaker. The home charging point is faster and has built-in safety features.

How long does the electric car take time to charge?

The charge time for an EV can range from 30 minutes to 12 hours depending on the size of the battery and speed of the charger. The average charging time takes around 8 hours from zero to full battery with a 7 kW charging point.

How does Electric car work?

All-electric vehicles (EVs) have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle uses a large traction battery pack to power the electric motor and must be plugged in to a charging station or wall outlet to charge.

What are the upcoming electric cars?

Upcoming electric cars in India include ec3, eqa, ioniq, bz4x, air ev.

Do electric cars work in hilly areas?

An electric vehicle has separate motors for each wheel or each pair of wheels and produces more torque instantaneously as compared to an ICE. It can climb steep mountains easily.

Should I charge an electric car every night?

Most EV owners choose to charge their vehicles at home overnight The batteries that power these vehicles are designed to hold their charge for longer so they often do not need to be charged every night.

What is the future of electric cars ?

Electric cars are the most viable replacement for combustion engines. EVs will become a more economical option than gasoline and diesel vehicles, largely due to massive reductions in the cost of batteries over the next few years.

Which are the best hybrid or electric cars?

The difference between a hybrid car and an electric car is that the hybrid car derives some of its power from the combustion engine. A true electric car gets all of its power from a battery pack or a similar electrical source. Some of the best from categories are: Electric: ev6, tiago ev, tigor ev, kona electric, i7 & Hybrid: urban cruiser hyryder, xc90, vellfire, camry, cayenne

Do electric cars need oil changes?

Electric cars do not require oil changes, because there is no oil used to run the engines. Same for fan belts, air filters, spark plugs or any of the other parts that need occasional replacement in a petrol or diesel car.

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