At the 2020 Auto Expo held earlier this year, Mahindra showcased the electric vehicle named ‘eXUV300’, which is based on the XUV300. The electric SUV was successful in attracting attention during the show, including many potential buyers. The company is now preparing to launch it in the market.
According to the reports, this electric SUV may be launched in India during the second half of next year. It will compete directly with Tata’s Nexon EV in the market, which has an initial ex-showroom price of Rs 13.99 lakh. It covers 300 km in a single charge. Range of over Rs.
Two battery options can be found
The initial price of this electric SUV from Mahindra can be around 16 lakh rupees. The company has not given any explanation regarding the battery specification but the company claims that it will get more than 370 km range in single charging. Reports also said that the company can launch the eXUV300 in two battery specifications.
Lower variants will have a much shorter driving range (200 km to 250 km), but at the same time it will be more affordable. This can be a great option for urban buyers, who are looking for an affordable electric car to drive from home to office or to drive in the city. Its higher variant will serve as a long-range version, which will be a great option for walking on highways or for touring, though it will also depend on the infrastructure.
EXUV300 will be based on in-house platform
- The Mahindra eXUV300 will be based on the MESMA 350 (Mahindra Electric Stable and Modular Architecture), developed in-house by the company.
- The platform can support battery capacities up to 80 kWh and electric motors from 60 kW to 280 kW, the latter being a dual motor setup (AWD electric drivetrain). The XUV300 EV will only be available as a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
- The production-spec model of the eXUV300 will be almost identical to the regular XUV300, with only a few changes to the exterior styling.
- The biggest difference in the looks will probably be a redesigned front grille along with blue highlights on the inside and outside, which is also visible on Tata’s Nexon EV.
For electric vehicles to succeed in India, EV infrastructure will have to be drastically improved. Thankfully more and more charging stations are being added across the country. Also, the Government of India is working on developing policies to promote EVs in our market, by providing incentives and tax benefits to EV buyers. It is expected that by the time the Mahindra eXUV300 arrives in the market, the possibility of buying an EV can be extremely attractive.