A number of electric cars and hybridised vehicles are expected to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo scheduled for next February
The biennial Auto Expo next February is shaping up to witness a number of debuts focussing on green mobility. Hyundai Kona Electric became the first zero-emission SUV when it went on sale a few days ago with a price tag of Rs. 25.3 lakh (ex-showroom) and 452 km range on a single charge.
It will have a direct rival in the form of eZS that will be introduced this December while the launch could happen at the motoring show. Hyundai is taking the next step in selling zero-emission cars through the Nexo FCEV slated for launch in 2021 and it could also be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Maruti Suzuki commenced testing the Wagon R based EV prototypes late last year. Based on the latest JDM-spec Wagon R, the electric hatchback is expected to be priced around Rs. 7 lakh according to internet reports.
It will be the first EV from the largest carmaker in the country and expect a driving range of more than 100 km upon launch at the Expo. Tata Motors and Mahindra are the two active mainstream manufacturers in the EV field currently but their eco-friendly cars are not attractive to justify private buyers.
However, things will change drastically next year as KUV100 electric with 120 km range from a new electric motor snubbing eVerito’s is expected to be featured at the Expo just as in the last edition.
Tata displayed the EV based on the upcoming Altroz at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show this past March with an estimated range of 250-300 km and the battery can be replenished to 80 per cent in just an hour using a DC fast charger.
Taking their rivalry to a whole new level, the Nexon and XUV300 could fight for honours in the compact e-SUV space and their battery-powered versions are expected to unveil at the Expo.
The electrified Mahindra XUV300 has more probabilities considering that it will more likely enter the market in H2 2020 in two different battery configurations. The production Renault City K-ZE based on the K-ZE concept was unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show in April with 240 km.
It is basically the Kwid based EV that could launch in the near future in India but its local debut at 2020 Auto Expo cannot be ruled out.
At the 14th edition of Auto Expo in 2018, Honda showcased the Sports EV concept and its recently unveiled e hatchback based on the e Prototype will debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The first city electric car from the brand could also reach Indian shores with a debut next February and it boasts 200 km range.
Besides, the next generation Honda City with a hybrid powertrain and the fourth-gen Jazz with a purported EV range of 300 km can also be expected at the grand motoring event.