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While 2021 saw many types of products test electric water with warm SUVs on both ends of the price spectrum, 2022 is set to be a robust input, creating a diverse and healthy range of EVs. India’s power infrastructure, while still far from perfect, seems to be slowly evolving, but India is still far from its target of 30% EV market access by 2030.
However, rising fuel prices and a new subsidy set have made EVs more attractive than ever. Here are the EVs expected to show up in 2022 :
Mercedes-Benz EQS :
- EQS is, quite simply, the S-Class of electrical mobility. In fact, the EQS is the car that will eventually replace the awesome S-Class. And now that it has started appearing all over the world, it is coming to India. Full of future technologies, it integrates the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which uses a combination of ultrasound, radar and camera sensors to provide the most advanced slow-moving driving experience.
- It is also one of the existing aerodynamic designs with a gravitational coefficient of 0.20, which improves its width and performance. Built on the first dedicated Merc EV EV, it comes with a 107.8 kWh battery which, depending on the model, provides any power between 334hp to 538hp. AMG and Maybach versions are expected to follow and be very powerful.
- Foremost among its internal brightness is the patented “Hyperscreen” Merc – a 56-inch wide-screen dashboard that features the latest Merc MBUX program. The interior offers more space and convenience than today’s S-Class, which means the EQS is ready to outperform the world’s largest car.
- Expected launch date: Early 2022.
Tesla Model 3 and Model Y :
Undoubtedly the most anticipated EVs of the year, Tesla is poised to make its debut in India with its two most affordable cars – the Model 3 and the Model Y. registered with government transport departments, we can probably get both models in one or two duplicates.
- While the single-car version promises to be the most affordable, the dual-motor version ‘Performance’ offers great car acceleration, making it one of the fastest EVs in the country, south of the Audi Tron GT.
- The Model 3 has a 50kWh battery with a distance of 421km. In AWD configuration, the distance, due to the larger battery, travels up to 568km. The Model Y is almost identical to the Model 3, except that it is longer, has seven seats, and incorporates a two-engine AWD setting as usual.
While Elon Musk strikes free EV policies in the country, Tesla fans can’t wait to see cars on the road, CBUs, or otherwise.
- Pending launch date: September 2022.
Volvo XC40 recharge :
Volvo’s first electric-powered car, the XC40 Recharge marks a new chapter in the history of the famous Swedish brand. With the company announcing its plans for total electricity use by 2030, the XC40 Recharge will be followed by the launch of a single EV in India per year.
- Its highly respected design makes it an ideal mascot for delivering EV technology to a product, although it is not based on a clean EV environment. The XC40 Recharge shares its bases with its fuel-efficient counterpart and produces 402 bhp of power at 78 kWh battery and by type, is good at about 400km.
- Pending launch date: End of Jan 2022.
Audi Q4 in the Tron :
Audi is already at the forefront when it comes to EVs. In one year, the brand introduced 5 electric cars, two of which are very efficient sedans. Now it’s time for them to launch another SUV and enrich their EV portfolio with Q4 in the Tron.
- Unlike their EVs so far, this one looks quite unusual and will compete with the popularity of the Volvo XC40 Recharge as a mid-size luxury SUV (albeit high-end). The Q4 e Tron will be available in both AWD and RWD options, with power levels ranging from between 179hp to 299hp.
- Expected launch date: Medium to late 2022.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 :
Hyundai Ioniq will be the first of six EVs that Hyundai Motors plans to launch in India in 2028. The brand has been able to measure consumer interest by launching the all-electric Kona in 2019, the proposed version of which will be available next year.
- With Ionia 5 however, it will bring a premium EV offering, which was also delivered as a CBU. Hyundai is investing Rs 4000 crore to expand its EV system, and their first offering, the Ioniq, will have two battery options: a 72.6 kWh battery and a small 58kWh battery. It will also have an 800V battery technology that allows for faster charging, which will charge the battery from 10 t0 80% in less than 20 minutes.
- Energy levels are also relatively low on the Hyundai at 302 bhp and torque at 605 Nm – in addition to what is offered in most hot hatches in the country. This is because the Ioniq sub-brand will include all future Hyundai EVs. As a result, cars will look and feel very different from what we are used to forming a brand.
Expected launch date: Mid-2022.
Mini Cooper SE :
With many Mini Coopers in the early 60s reintroduced electric trains, the new one was crying out for a proper EV conversion. Thank you, BMW for listening and since then the Mini Cooper SE has been at the forefront.
- With an electric motor that produces 181 bhp of power and 270 Nm of torque, the performance of SE is similar to that of its fuel counterpart. Out there all the torque is released at first. It uses its powertrain with the BMW i3 but thankfully retains the well-known Mini Cooper shell.
- Only 30 units are expected to be delivered in the first batch, and they are less likely to break the working bracket, given their modest power figures. However, the price is average so it means that it may be one of the most affordable EVs on the market, unlike the premium EV offered by the recently launched BMW – the iX.
- Expected launch date: Early 2022.