The Mahindra KUV100 electric version will become the company’s first-ever electric SUV and is expected to be launched next year
It has come to light that the Mahindra KUV100 electric will become the first electric SUV from the famous UV maker. A key personnel has clearly mentioned that the bigger SUVs in the company’s portfolio, which includes the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio, won’t get an EV version anytime soon.
The reason for the Mahindra XUV500 not getting an electric variant in the near future is the high investment that’s not justifiable at the moment. The manufacturer would need powerful electric motors and big battery packs for the electric versions of these vehicles. The low demand for expensive electric cars doesn’t justify developing or selling such vehicles.
Speaking to media, M&M Chief of Sales and Marketing (Automotive Division) Veejay Ram Nakra said, “The moment you look at larger heavier SUVs it becomes difficult from an economics point of view…but for now KUV is the first SUV on electric that we will offer to the market.”
On the other hand, the Mahindra KUV100 electric can become a game changer as it will likely be realistically priced and become the first of its kind model to offer an electric powertrain. The Mahindra KUV100 electric made its public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February this year. It is now expected to launch in 2019.
At the moment, Mahindra sells electric vehicles like e20 Plus and e-Verito along with the e-Supro, the company’s last mile connectivity solution. The Mahindra KUV100 electric will definitely enhance the product portfolio of the carmaker as it will become the first mainstream small crossover to feature an electric powerplant.
Powering the Mahindra KUV100 electric could be a 72-volt LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery pack that produces a maximum power output of 30 kW (40.2 hp). The electric SUV is likely to have a driving range of 120 km on a full charge of the battery along with a top speed of 100 kmph. Of course, pricing would be the key to success.