The EV segment in India has grown at a remarkable pace over the last couple of years. Reports have suggested that the segment is projected to grow at a rate of 49 percent between 2021 to 2030 while annual sales are expected to reach 17 million units by the end of the decade.
In our country, a consumer’s biggest concern when buying an EV is range anxiety. However, as more and more automakers start introducing EVs and adoption increases, this concern has started abating. But which electric car in India has the highest range on a single charge? Read on to find out the ‘Top 5 EVs in India with the highest electric range’.
Mercedes AMG EQS 580 4Matic - 857 Kms
Topping the list is Mercedes Benz’ electric flagship model, the EQS. In its 580 4Matic form, the EV has a claimed electric range of 857 kms that is derived from its 107.8 kWh battery pack. This figure is currently the highest in India.
The battery pack powers two electric motors, one on each axle, making a combined output of 516 bhp with 860 Nm of peak torque. The battery supports 200 kW fast charging, giving the EQS 580 a range of 300 kms in just 15 minutes. A full charge using the 7.4 kW home charger takes around 17 hours. Mercedes-Benz has priced the EQS 580 4Matic at Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom), which is surprisingly Rs 5 lakh cheaper than its ICE-counterpart, the S Class.
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Kia EV6 - 708 Kms
Kia’s first electric offering, the EV6 slots in at second place with a claimed electric range of 708 kms. It is powered by a 77.4 kWh battery pack and is offered in both RWD and AWD variants. The former makes 229 bhp with 350 Nm of peak torque while the latter churns out 325 bhp with 605 Nm torque.
In terms of charging, a full charge takes 6 to 8 hours using a 11 kW charger. Kia provides a 22 kW home charger with the EV6, so charging should be faster. The battery pack also supports 350 kW fast charging, letting you top up from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Kia EV6 makes for a great choice if you want a futuristic and premium looking vehicle that is much more aggressively priced than its competitors. Kia has priced the EV in the range of Rs 60.95 lakh to Rs 65.95 lakh (ex-showroom).
BYD Atto 3 - 521 Kms
Launched in November 2022, the Atto 3 is among the latest entrants in the rapidly growing Indian EV market. BYD’s crossover uses a 60.48 kWh battery pack that powers a single front-axle mounted motor that churns out 201 bhp with 310 Nm of peak torque. The automaker claims an ARAI-specified electric range of 521 kms, good enough for third place on our list.
The battery pack can be fast charged from 0 to 80 percent in just 50 minutes using a 80 kW fast charger. A full charge takes 9.5 to 10 hours when using the included 7 kW home charger. BYD offers two variants of the Atto 3, the base Electric model comes in at Rs 33.99 lakh (ex-showroom) while the Special Edition will set you back by Rs 34.49 lakh (ex-showroom).
Jaguar i-Pace - 480 Kms
The i-Pace is the first and currently only pure-electric offering from the British automaker. It uses a 90 kWh battery pack that offers a claimed electric range of 480 kms. The electric SUV’s dual electric motor setup makes a combined 400 bhp with 696 Nm of peak torque.
Charging the battery fully takes around 14 hours when using a 7 kW wall charger while a 50 kW fast charger can juice it from 0 percent to 80 percent in just 1.5 hours. Jaguar offers three variants of the i-Pace in India, with prices ranging from Rs 1.20 crore to Rs 1.24 crore (ex-showroom).
Hyundai Kona Electric - 452 kms
Rounding off our list is Hyundai’s first EV offering, the Kona Electric. Its 39.2 kWh battery pack has a claimed electric range of 452 Kms. The battery pack powers a single front-axle mounted motor that makes 134 bhp with 395 Nm of peak torque. Fully charging the battery takes just over 6 hours using a 7 kW wall charger while it can charge from 0 percent to 80 percent in under an hour using a 50 kW fast charger.
Hyundai Kona is the most affordable EV in the our top 5, with prices ranging from Rs 23.84 lakh to Rs 24.03 lakh (ex-showroom). Hyundai’s electric SUV is a great choice if you are looking for something with great range, features, and a reasonable pricing.
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