The Delhi Auto Expo 2018 has been electrifying in every sense of the word, right from when the beautiful Maybach S was launched on the opening day. The second day in fact packed a punch with a range of electric cars at display.
Here are the popular 6 electric models from the Delhi Auto Expo:
An e-sport, touted as a Concept Car, but already being sold in European markets. The price for the Zoe ranges from 14,215 to 20,420 Euros(Rs 11 - 16 lakhs). The lower end comes with a Chamelon charger that allows recharge between 60 mins to 13.5 hours.
Apparently Zoe can be picked from 6 different models across various price points. According to Renault's estimates, one can expect 250 miles on a single charge, but a Renault's UK brochure further explains that real life estimates could vary from 156 miles in Summer to 124 miles in Winter. The car is replete with ABS speed and electronic brake distribution.
Renault on its website says, that the 2-seater electric coupé, is the beginning of a new cycle of concept cars and explores the styling and technology of future models. By the way, the Car was unveiled at the Paris Motor show in 2016, and bagged the most beautiful concept car award at that time. The 2016 model delivered 260 kW (350 hp) and 380 Nm torque, with an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. Two batteries with optimized geometry honeycomb-shaped front air-intakes makes this manmade-beauty replete. The 2016 model retailed in European markets for a price of $3000000 (yes, 3 million dollars). That should perhaps give you a perspective on the price.
The lithium-ion polymer battery takes 9-10 hours to charge through regular at-home sockets. There is also a quick charging that brings charging time to 4-5 hours. The 28 kWh battery powers a 118 Bhp – 295 Nm electric motor. The Ioniq can do about 200 km in single charge. The electric motor delivers 43 hp. Price is rumoured to be in the range of Rs 20 lakhs, but nothing concrete yet from company officials.
Details and specifications of the new model have not been disclosed by Mahindra, but the engine is one from that of 2017 edition codenamed e20 Plus P8. Expect a 40 bhp engine which offers a max torque of 91 NM at 2500 rpm. If Mahindra continues with the price of its previous electric cars, this would be the most cheapest electric car in the country, priced at Rs 11.27 lakhs.
Uniti 1: Uniti & Bird Group:
Uniti, a Swedish automobile manufacturer and Bird, the popular helmet-maker unveiled a 2 seater, and demonstrated virtually a 5-seat EV for Indian markets. The car can run 200 kms on a single charge, and is expected to hit Indian roads by 2020.
According to its Marketing Officer, users could pick the 5 seater variant at a price of Rs 714,000. This is the only auto-maker to launch a kickstarter-sort-of campaign (After Tesla). Interested customers can join a development campaign by paying a refundable deposit of Rs 1000.
No auto-diary is replete without a mention to Maruti Suzuki. The brand that gave the country the famous adage- 'Kitna Deti Hai', had its presence, written all over the Delhi Auto Expo. Before the show started, there were rumours that the Gypsy maybe back in some avatar. Maruti did manage to put on display, a formidable car- the Concept Future S Mini Suv, but then also followed it up with a display of its e-Survivor, an electric SUV which actually resembles quite with the old Gypsy.
The upright stance, large seat layout, open top, larg wheel arches, and high ground clearance quite similar to that of the dashing Gypsy from the yesteryear. An electric variant for the formidable Gypsy may not sound as appealing to Gypsy-lovers, but then Maruti does seem to have incorporated newer design elements to make this vehicle future-ready. There has been no mention on the engine specs and availability of the vehicle from the Japanese-Indian partnership.