Mahindra eKUV100 eXUV300

Say hello to the most af­ford­able EV in In­dia The eXUV300 show­cases Mahindra’s de­sign di­rec­tion for EVs and it will be launched in April next year

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MAHINDRA’S EV PRO­GRAM IS pro­gress­ing at full pace with the eKUV100 set to be launched in the next few months. There are sub­tle changes dis­tin­guish­ing it from the KUV100 – a closed front grille and the charging port lo­cated on the left front fender.

It uses a 40kW elec­tric mo­tor, de­liv­er­ing power to the front wheels and gen­er­at­ing 120Nm of torque. Con­sid­er­ing In­dia’s trop­i­cal cli­mate, the eKUV100’s bat­tery pack gets liq­uid-cool­ing to main­tain op­ti­mal tem­per­a­ture.

There’s also fast charging, which, Mahindra claims will charge the bat­tery from 0 to 80 per cent in just 55 min­utes. The claimed range on a sin­gle charge is 150km.

On the pric­ing front the eKUV100 costs `8.25 lakh (ex-show­room, Delhi), in­clu­sive of the FAME II scheme ben­e­fits, mak­ing this the most af­ford­able elec­tric car in In­dia cur­rently.

“Now there is no rea­son not to own an elec­tric car,” re­marked Pawan Goenka, pres­i­dent Mahindra and Mahindra at the launch of the eKUV100 at Auto Expo.

IF THE EKUV100 ISN’T PRE­MIUM enough for you, Mahindra also has an elec­tric ver­sion of the XUV300 in the works. Dubbed as the eXUV300, the new compact e-SUV is based on Mahindra’s fu­ture elec­tric ve­hi­cle plat­form called the Mahindra Elec­tric Scal­able and Mod­u­lar Ar­chi­tec­ture (MESMA). It’s the same plat­form that re­cently re­ceived a 5-star Global NCAP rat­ing. The elec­tric XUV300 will have more range and more power com­pared to the eKUV100 though de­tails haven’t yet been re­vealed.

What Mahindra is con­firm­ing is that the eXUV300 on dis­play show­cases the fu­ture de­sign di­rec­tion of the brand for elec­tric ve­hi­cles. It fea­tures a blanked off grille and air dam with nifty styling el­e­ments, fu­tur­is­tic LED head­lamps and tail­lamps, and a rad­i­cal de­sign for the al­loys. Pro­por­tions re­main ex­actly the same how­ever, there are plenty of blue in­serts all around to dis­tin­guish it from its ICE pow­ered coun­ter­part.

The eXUV300 will be avail­able in two vari­ants – stan­dard (tar­geted at the Nexon EV) and per­for­mance (tak­ing on the Kona EV). The pro­duc­tion ver­sion is ex­pected to go on sale in the first quar­ter of 2021.

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