Unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, the Mahindra KUV100 Electric could become world’s cheapest electric SUV.
Mahindra Electric has showcased a range of new electric cars at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The company has unveiled the Mahindra KUV100 Electric alongside the new E20 4-door electric hatchback. The KUV100 electric will go on sale in the country by the end of 2018, followed by new e2O. For people not in the known, Mahindra is also working on an all-electric SsangYong Tivoli and XUV Aero coupe SUV. Both models will go on sale in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Mahindra eKUV100 could become the world’s most affordable electric SUV. This product will be rolled out in several international markets including India.
Mahindra is also considering the electric version of the XUV500, which could be launched in India in 2019-20. Except for the EV badging and slightly tweaked front grille, the eKUV100 looks largely identical to the regular KUV 100. Mahindra Electric is currently dominating the EV market in India and is aiming to further improve its position. With a bunch of new products, Mahindra Electric aims to focus on increasing its base in both overseas as well as the home market. Also Read – Mahindra KUV100 NXT – All Details
Mahindra has showcased the electric KUV100 at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The exact launch date of the SUV is yet to be revealed by the automaker. Though, the company officials have confirmed that the launch will take place in the second half of 2018. We will update you on this as soon as the company makes an official statement.
The electric version of the KUV100 is expected to be positioned between Mahindra e2O and e-Verito. We believe that the electric SUV could be priced around Rs 8 lakh.
Mahindra hasn’t revealed the specifications of the e-KUV100. The company claims that the small SUV is equipped with a newly developed electric motor. This model has a range of over 140km and it comes with an optional fast charging which can extend its range by 80% in less than an hour. Power will be transmitted to the wheels of the SUV via an automatic transmission.
The design of the electric KUV100 remains largely identical to the existing KUV100 NXT except for new badging. However, Mahindra has made some tweaks to the chassis to accommodate electric powertrain. The company has already launched the updated KUV100 micro SUV with visual upgrades. It comes with revised front and new muscular bumper. Design changes include revised headlamp, new grille, new bumper with a new mesh and new plastic body cladding across the length and wheel arches. Other features include a faux skid plate finished in brushed aluminium, new 15-inch alloy wheels, and clear lens taillights with chrome bezels. The e-KUV100 comes with smart phone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling, location tracking and it even monitors your driving pattern and battery status.