After record sales in 2022, 2023 will be an even more exciting year for electric vehicles in India. The first month of the year saw the country usher in the launches and debuts of new electric vehicles, with as many as five leading the way in January. Some of these EVs, like the Mahindra XUV400 or the Hyundai Ioniq 5, were earlier confirmed by the automaker to be launched this month. Three other EVs headed to India in January. Here is the list of five electric vehicles that will be launched in India in January.
The first EV to be launched in India will be a luxury EV. BMW will unveil its new i7 electric sedan on January 7. The i7, which was launched earlier in global markets, will be powered by a 101.7kWh lithium-ion battery. According to WLTP figures, the BMW i7 promises a range of up to 625 kilometers on a single charge. The range is expected to be higher than that under Indian conditions. BMW also promises that the EV can be charged 100 kilometers in six minutes using a 196 kW DC fast charger.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The second most anticipated EV for Indian shores is the Ioniq 5 crossover. Unveiled at an event in Mumbai in December, the Ioniq 5 will be the South Korean automaker’s second electric vehicle to launch in India after the Kona Electric SUV. It is technically similar to the EV6 that Kia launched in India last year. The Ioniq 5 will be equipped with a 72.6 kWh battery that can provide an ARAI rated range of 631 kilometers on a single charge. Using a 350 kW DC charger, the battery pack can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes.
Last August, Mahindra and Mahindra gave the first look and drive of the XUC400, the first electric SUV among several other SUVs it will launch in the coming years. Based on the ICE version of the XUC300 subcompact SUV, the XUV400 is the second Indian-made electric SUV after the Tata Nexon EV. The electric SUV draws power from a 39.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and can travel 456 kilometers on a single charge, slightly more than its rival Tata. It is also expected to be the fastest electric car in India with a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.3 seconds.
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MG Motor is poised to transform India’s EV space with micro electric vehicles. Based on its Chinese partner Wuling Air EV, the MG Air will be a two-seater, three-door electric car. It is likely to be the most affordable EV in India, or at least challenge the Tata Tiago EV on price. Few details are known about electric vehicles. However, it is expected to feature a battery pack in the 20-25 kWh range. The EV is expected to produce around 68 horsepower and have a range of between 200km and 250km.
Last year, the French auto giant had confirmed the launch of its first electric vehicle in India, which will be based on its C3 subcompact SUV. The eC3 electric SUV will go on sale in India as early as January. A price release is expected within a few weeks. The eC3 is expected to feature a small battery with a capacity of around 30 kWh. More details are expected to be announced closer to the release date. The eC3 will rival an electric version of the Tata Punch, one of the upcoming EVs due later this year.
First published date: Jan 3, 2023 at 11:23am CST