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Tata Tigor EV, MG ZS EV, and more: Top five cheapest electric cars in India

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Top five cheapest electric cars in India: Electric cars in India are not exactly cheap to purchase. But if you are in the market for an electric car, then these are the cheapest options you can consider.

The alarming level of pollution in the country and increased environmental concerns have compelled the government and the Indian automobile industry to turn towards cleaner mobility. At the forefront of this endeavour is electric mobility because of the environmental benefits. Now, the electric two-wheeler space in India is brimming with a wide range of models suitable for different budgets. However, things are still a little slow in the electric four-wheeler space. At the moment, we have only a handful of ‘affordable’ electric cars in the country, although this space is bound to grow in the coming years. Now, if you are planning to buy an electric car in India, then these are the top five most affordable options.

Top five cheapest electric cars in India:

1. Tata Tigor EV

2. Mahindra e-Verito

3. Tata Nexon EV

4. MG ZS EV

5. Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

1. Tata Tigor EV

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Tata Tigor EV was initially available only for fleet owners. However, the company has now made it available for personal use, making it currently the cheapest electric car in the country.  The electric Tata Tigor makes use of a 21.5 kWh battery pack that puts out 40.2 bhp with 105 Nm of torque. Tata Tigor EV has a top speed of 80 km/h and the battery can be fully charged in around 11.5 hours using standard AC charging point while a 15 kW fast charger can juice up the battery from zero to 80 per cent in 2 hours. And as for the driving range, the company claims an ARAI certified driving range of 213 km on a single charge. Tata Tigor EV comes with two driving modes — Drive and Sport — where the driver can switch to the Sport mode when in the need of more power. However, this mode will lead to a drop in range. The Tigor EV comes equipped with provisions like a double-din infotainment unit with Harman sound system, a semi-digital instrument panel with an MID (multi-information display), height-adjustable driver seat, power windows, AC, shark-fin antenna, etc. 

Tata Tigor EV range: 213 km/charge
Tata Tigor EV price: ₹12.59 lakh onward (ex-showroom, Delhi)

2. Mahindra e-Verito

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Mahindra e-Verito is available with a 21.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that develops 41.5 bhp and 91 Nm of peak torque. This configuration allows the electric car to cover up to 140 km on a single charge and attain a top speed of 86 km/h. Mahindra eVerito’s battery takes around 11.5 hours to charge completely using a standard socket but the battery can be charged up to 80 per cent in 1.5 hours using DC fast charging. This electric sedan comes equipped with provisions like double-din music system, Eco and Boost driving modes, AC with heating, digital instrument panel, hill hold control, etc.

Mahindra e-Verito range: 140 km/charge
Mahindra e-Verito price: ₹12.95 lakh onward (ex-showroom, Delhi)

3. Tata Nexon EV

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Tata Nexon EV is currently the best-selling electric car in the country.  It uses a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that makes 127 bhp and 245 Nm. Tata Nexon EV offers a riding range of 312 km/charge and the battery can be charged from 20 per cent to 100 per cent in eight hours when plugged into a standard 15 A power outlet. However, DC fast charger can top-up the battery from zero to 80 per cent in just one hour. Nexon electric SUV gets provisions like a semi-digital instrument panel with a seven-inch MID (multi-information display), seven-inch touchscreen system, automatic AC, automatic headlamps, sunroof, push-button start, two driving modes, and wearable key. There’s also a dedicated ZConnect app that offers 35 connectivity features like charging station locator, driving behaviour analytics, vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, etc.

Tata Nexon EV range: 312 km/charge
Tata Nexon EV price: ₹13.99 lakh to ₹16.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

4. MG ZS EV

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MG ZS EV was launched in India last year but the company made some significant changes to the electric SUV last month. The SUV gets no design changes but offers better ground clearance and the i-Smart EV 2.0 connectivity interface on the ZS EV now features an Eco Tree feature which allows users to track and view real-time progress of CO2 savings with their car. And as before, the ZS EV comes with provisions like a panoramic sunroof, heated ORVMs (outside rearview mirrors), tyre pressure monitoring system, semi-digital instrument panel with a 3.5-inch MID, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and a PM 2.5 filter. 2021 MG ZS EV is propelled by a Hi-Tech 44.5 kWh battery that makes 142 bhp and 353 Nm. This electric SUV now offers a claimed driving range of 419 km/charge and can be fully charged in about 16 to 18 hours using a 15 Ampere socket. However, if you use the 7.4 kW wall-mounted AC fast charger, then the SUV can be completely charged in six to eight hours. And in case you want to use fast charging facility at an MG dealership, the you will be able to top up the battery up to 80 per cent in under 50 minutes.