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
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.