Recently Tata launched the Nexon EV facelift and it now comes with completely redesigned interiors and exteriors. It gets some premium features and has a powerful battery pack. But the prices are on the higher side with the base model starting from Rs 15.62 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). So it does not really appeal to those with a tight budget. Well, Tata Motors have taken care of those with affordable EVs like Tata Tiago and Tigor. However these are not the only affordable EVs in the market as there are two more from the other brands. Which are they? We are covering them all in today’s electric cars under Rs 15 lakh.
It is the latest EV that was launched in India under Rs 15 lakh. What makes it unique is the overall styling MG has adapted for the Comet. It is the smallest of the lot and the length sits just under 3000mm. However the car is surprisingly spacious as two adults can sit comfortably in the front row and short ones can accommodate themselves in the second row but for a shorter distance.
What will amaze you are the interiors. It has one of the coolest looking interiors and MG has smartly used different subtle and light colours. The car not only does well in aesthetics but is also loaded with features. It is equipped with connected car tech, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leather wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry and go. The overall build quality is great with good quality plastics used inside the car.
The car comes with a 17.3 kWh lithium ion battery which is sourced from Tata Autocomp and has a claimed range of 230km. It produces a power output of 41bhp and 110Nm of peak torque. The maximum capacity to charge the battery of 3.3kW on a Type 2 AC fast charger. Unfortunately there is no DC charger on offer.
MG Comet comes at starting price of Rs 8.42 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) and goes all the way up to Rs 11.29 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Electric Cars Under Rs 15 Lakh - Tata Tiago Ev
Tata Motors have witnessed the most success in the EV market in India and were aggressive with their strategy. And that can be seen with the Tiago EV. With the Tiago EV their aim was to offer an affordable EV to the masses.
Just like the Nexon EV and Tigor EV, Tiago EV is based on the ICE variants of the Tiago. It is the Gen-1 platform of the Tata Motors as they swapped the engines and other mechanicals with a battery pack and electric motors.
In terms of design the Tiago EV is identical to the ICE Tiago. The only way to differentiate them is that Tiago EV gets a few EV specific blue inserts on the exterior. Also, it gets EV badging on the front grille along with a blue strip below the grille.
The story continues for the interior as well. It is the regular Tiago and so it continues to get a dual tone dashboard with some blue inserts on the seats and around AC vents and instrument cluster. However it is equipped with more features than the regular Tiago. Features like cruise control, multi-level regen mode, connected car features and leatherette upholstery. Other features include a 7-inch infotainment system, 8-speaker Harman sound system, and automatic climate control.
The Tiago EV comes with two battery pack options, a 19.2kWh smaller one and a bigger 24kWh battery pack. The 19.2kWh battery pack comes with a 45kWh electric motor that generates 105Nm of peak torque. The 19.2kWh battery pack has a claimed range of 250km. The 24kWh battery pack on the other hand comes with a 55kWh motor that generates 114Nm of torque. Also, with the increased capacity of the battery pack, the claimed range is also increased to 315km. Tiago EV comes with a 15A socket charger and a 3.3kW AC charger. It also has options for fast charging as you can fully charge the battery in 3hrs 36min with the help of a 7.2kW AC home charger. While the DC fast charger option is also available to charge the battery from 0 to 80% in 57 mins.
Tata Tiago EV comes at a starting price of Rs 9.19 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) and goes all the way upto Rs 12.78 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Tata Tigor EV
Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor are technically the same cars and the only difference is that Tigor is a sedan. Even the Tigor EV is based on the ICE version of the Tigor and boasts similar treatment to that of Tiago EV. The EV version includes some subtle blue inserts on the grille and bumpers with an EV badge on the grille.
Nothing different for the interiors. The Tigor EV has the same interior layout as the Tiago EV. Also, to differentiate the Tigor EV with ICE version, Tata has added some blue inserts on the dashboard around the AC vents. It gets features like leatherette upholstery, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.
The main differentiation however is made to the battery pack. The Tigor EV gets a 26kWh battery pack which is slightly larger than the Tiago EV. It generates 74bhp and 170Nm of torque and comes with a claimed range of 306kms. With a regular 15A charging point, you can charge the Tata Tigor from 0 to 80% in 8 hours and 45 minutes. However, you can also charge it completely in 65 minutes with the help of a 25kW DC fast charger.
Tata Tigor EV comes at a starting price of Rs 13.24 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) and goes all the way upto Rs 14.55 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Electric Cars Under Rs 15 Lakh - Citroen eC3
The final car or the EV in the list of electric cars under Rs 15 lakh is the Citroen eC3. It is an EV offering from the French company and is based on their hatchback the C3. The EV verison of the Citroen C3 is exactly the same as the ICE version. It has no visual changes or EV specific highlights that the Tiago EV and Tigor EV have to differentiate themselves from their ICE counterparts. However it gets a charging socket on the right front fender.
The eC3 comes with some decent features. It comes with a 10-inch infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, dual tone dashboard and more. It has safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and more.
The eC3 comes with the largest battery pack in the segment. Powering the Citroen eC3 is a single 29.2kWh battery pack that produces 56bhp and 143Nm of peak torque. The larger battery pack also results in a claimed range of 320km which is highest in the segment. The eC3 does support fast charging and can be charged from 10% to 80% in 57 minutes.
Citroen eC3 comes at a starting price of Rs 12.20 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) and goes all the way upto Rs 13.43 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
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