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Mahindra KUV Electric To Launch In 2019

  • Oct 11, 2017
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The carmaker could use the battery pack and motor powering the e2o Plus' P8 variant


KUV100-1


At the launch of the KUV100 NXT, Mahindra announced that it's also working on an electric version of the micro-SUV that'll go on sale in "a little over a year". Add a year and "a little" to October 2017, and you'll end up in 2019. That sounds like a very long time to develop a car that has a ready-to-use chassis, battery pack and electric motor. But, you should also know that the KUV100 is designed to employ combustion engines and modifying it to accept the simpler powertrain poses massive challenges for the engineering team. However, the country's favourite utility vehicle manufacturer has done this before with the eVerito.


Mahindra eVerito Launched at Rs 9.5 lakh


Having the widest range of electric cars on sale aimed at the mass market buyers should give the country's only EV manufacturer an edge over the competition once we have more options in the Indian EV space.


The top-spec e2o Plus employs a 72-volt 41PS/91Nm electric motor that draws current from a 210Ah battery pack. Thanks to its light kerb weight of 990kg, the e2o can cover 140km on a full charge. Expect the electric KUV to remain shy of this figure just like eVerito unless Mahindra Electric decides to bless it with a larger battery. The electric sedan's heavier 1270kg kerb weight allows it to cover only 110km per charge. The e2o Plus takes nine hours for a full charge from a completely depleted state while a fast charge brings the capacity to 95 per cent in under 90 minutes.


mahindra-e2o


The e2o's motor may be low on power, but since it delivers all of its torque from the get-go, it can easily keep pace with others in the city. A compact and quiet car with no clutch pedal, negligible maintenance and low running costs is exactly what we need for city use. We just don't know it yet. Scaling up production of battery packs and electric motors should help Mahindra bring its EVs' MRP to reasonable levels while an aggressive ad campaign educates buyers. Currently, the e2o Plus' ex-showroom Delhi price ranges from Rs 7.57 lakh to Rs 11.27 lakh, which is exorbitant given the car's size.

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