The upcoming electric vehicles in 2022 are likely to have a significant impact on EV adoption in the country. Although the sector accounts for only approximately 1% of total vehicle sales, it is predicted to increase by 5-8 percent over the next several years. While the four-wheeler market is gaining pace because of Tata Motors’ new products such as the Nexon EV and Tigor EV, specialists think the two-wheeler industry will be the true growth engine.
While start-ups like Ather, Okinawa, and Ola dominate the electric two-wheeler market, heritage firms like Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, and TVS Motor Company have released their products before it’s too late. The much-anticipated Ola Electric S1 and S1 Pro, Bounce Infinity, Komaki TN95, and other products were released this year.
The four-wheeler market is beginning to heat up, despite the fact that it is still in its infancy. Tata Motors, the industry leader with about 70% market share, has planned the launch of ten electric vehicles by FY26. Electric versions of the Altroz and Punch are planned to be released soon. Two other major manufacturers have also stated that they want to be more active in the electric vehicle market. Hyundai, which currently sells the Kona EV in India, is gearing up to launch more electric vehicles in the country. Ioniq 5 is supposed to be the next one. After the ZS EV, MG Motor has also announced a second EV launch. Tesla, meanwhile, is likely to raise the bar in the sector as it prepares for its India debut. The year 2022 appears to be pivotal for the electric four-wheeler sector.
Let’s have a look at electric cars launching in the year 2022.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 is the first in the list of upcoming electric vehicles in 2022. The much-anticipated entry-level sedan is set to debut in Indian markets in September, with a price tag of Rs 60 lakh. The Standard Plus trim of the Tesla Model 3 has a range of 432 kilometres, while the Long Range trim has a range of 568 kilometres thanks to a dual-motor system. Among other luxury amenities, the model is anticipated to include a touchscreen infotainment system, a 14-speaker audio system, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, and OTA updates.
With the iX electric SUV, BWM began its electrification adventure in India. The BMW i4 is slated to hit the market in August for Rs 80 lakh. It’s the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s electric sibling. The vehicle is expected to be equipped with the company’s i-Drive 8 UI, an 83.9kWh battery pack with a range of up to 510km on a single charge.
Mahindra XUV 300 Electric
The forthcoming Mahindra launch is slated to be priced at Rs 18 lakh. There are also plans to release an electric version of the KUV100. These will be the first products from the company’s portfolio to hit the market. The XUV300 is projected to go 300 kilometres on a single charge, while the e-KUV100 is expected to travel 140 kilometres on a 50-minute rapid charge from 0% to 80%.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
By 2028, Hyundai Motors expects to launch six electric vehicles in India. The Ioniq 5 is likely to be the first of the new generation. This will be the brand’s second launch, after the debut of Kona Electric in 2019, which will be followed by a makeover the following year. The Ioniq 5, on the other hand, is positioned as a more luxury option, with a launch price of Rs 25-30 lakh estimated. A 72.6 kWh battery and a smaller 58 kWh battery will be available for the automobile. It will be released in June of next year.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
This will most likely be one of the first launches of the year in January. This vehicle, which is scheduled to be introduced at a price of Rs 60 lakh, would be Volvo’s first foray into the Indian EV market. It employs a 408PS electric motor driving all four wheels to reach 0-100kmph in under 4.9 seconds, thanks to the same engineering as its ICE predecessor. It also has quick charging capabilities, with a charge time of 40 minutes from 0% to 80%. Due to the worldwide semiconductor crisis, Volvo’s plans to unveil the Volvo XC40 in October this year have been postponed.
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