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Mahindra e-KUV100 launched at INR 8.25 lakh, India’s most affordable EV

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Mahindra has launched the all-electric eKUV100 at the Auto Expo 2020 at the price of INR 8.25 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi including the FAME benefits. At its price point, the Mahindra eKUV100 is the country’s most affordable electric car. The internal combustion engine counterpart in its top-end variant is only about INR 30,000 cheaper than the electric vehicle. 

The powertrain on the eKUV100 is a 15.9 kWh electric motor coupled to a liquid-cooled battery pack and together they produce 40kW (54.4hp) of power and 120 Nm of torque. The battery provides a claimed range of 150 km on a single charge. The battery takes 5 hours 45 mins on a regular charger to be fully replenished and 55 minutes to attain a 100% state of charge using a fast-charging facility.

On the exterior, the eKUV100 replicates the IC engine car but differentiates itself by having a closed shut front grille with blue accents on it.  The electric charging socket is relocated on the left-hand side front fender of the eKUV100 under a fuel lid with ‘ME’ (Mahindra Electric) logo. On the inside, the Mahindra eKUV100 gets a touchscreen infotainment system and its instrument cluster along with the multifunctional steering wheel similar to the IC engine KUV 100 NXT. 

Mahindra’s pavilion at the Auto Expo 2020 also showcased the e-XUV300 which is an electric version of the brand’s popular compact-SUV, the Atom electric and the Funster Concept along with a showcase of 18 vehicles. Mahindra is now betting big on electric mobility and we will get to see many products with EV & hybrid options in the near future.

Although there was a lot happening at the 2020 Auto Expo, Mahindra has a lot in store for us this year. In 2020, Mahindra will reveal the all-new models of the XUV500, Scorpio and Thar. All these nameplates are icons in their respective segments, and the brand obviously considered that each of these get a separate unveil and not the cluttered Auto Expo buzz.