Buying Guide: Budget Electric Cars in 2024

If you’re looking for the best EV options in the affordable/midrange category, you have got to check out this list.

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The EV market in India is still in its formative stages. It feels like we’re on the cusp of a breakthrough as Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, and other major automakers have multiple EV releases lined up for late 2024 and 2025. Right now, if you’re looking to buy an affordable electric car, the range of automakers may be limited but your options are not. Here are the top 7 budget electric cars in India in 2024.

Read Also: MY2023 units of Tata Nexon EV and Tiago EV get discounts of up to Rs 75,000

Tata Tiago EV

Starting Price: Rs 7.99 lakh

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Tata Tiago EV: Design, Powertrain, and Pricing

With prices starting at Rs 7.99 lakh, the Tata Tiago EV is the most affordable electric car you can buy in India right now. This is about as ‘budget’ as budget electric cars can get. Based on its ICE sibling, the Tiago EV retains its design while incorporating some EV-exclusive changes like the shut-off grille and blue highlights. The cabin layout is similar to the ICE model as well but the EV sports premium leatherette seating.

There are two IP67-rated battery pack options on offer: 19.2kWh and 24kWh. Tata claims an MIDC range of 250km for the former and 315km for the latter. The  Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor powering the electric hatchback delivers a peak power output of 55kW and an instant full torque delivery of 114Nm.

MG Comet EV

Starting Price: Rs 6.99 lakh

MG Comet EV debuts in India, launch scheduled for April 26

Although the MG Comet EV is cheaper than the Tiago EV, we consider it to be more of an urban commuter than a passenger car. Despite its compact nature, the Comet EV is decked with premium features. It flaunts dual 10.25-inch screens for the infotainment system and the instrument cluster. The two-spoke steering wheel comes with integrated controls. The centre control is detached from the dashboard and houses a rotary knob for gear selection, power window switches, and an electronic parking brake.

The IP67-rated 17.3kWh battery pack on the Comet offers a driving range of 230km. Using the 3.3kW charger that comes with the car, the EV can be fully charged in seven hours. Powering the Comet EV is a single electric motor that can produce a maximum power output of 42hp and 110Nm of torque.

Citroen eC3

Starting Price: Rs 11.63 lakh

Citroen eC3 electric hatchback launched at Rs 11.50 lakh

Tata Tiago EV’s closest electric hatchback competitor in India is the Citroen eC3. Prices for the eC3 start at Rs 11.63 lakh. Like the Tiago EV, the eC3 also retains the design of its ICE sibling. The cabin layout also follows the design language of the ICE C3. The gearbox is replaced by the drive selector on the EV. The 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the EV supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Powering the Citroen eC3 is a single electric motor that can produce a peak power output of 57hp and 143Nm torque. The China-sourced 29.2 kWh battery pack offers a driving range of 320km. The 3.3kW home charger can replenish the battery pack in just under 11 hours. There is also an option of DC fast charging, using which the EV can be charged from 10-80% in under an hour.

Tata Tigor EV

Starting Price: Rs 12.49 lakh

Tata Tigor EV updated with new features, gets more range

The first and only electric sedan on this list is the Tigor EV. Prices for the Tigor EV start at Rs 12.49 lakh and go up to Rs 13.75 lakh. The sedan is packed with features like multi-mode regen, connected car technology- Zconnect, smartwatch connectivity, iTPMS and Tyre Puncture Repair Kit. It also rocks leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps and cruise control.

The electric motor on the Tigor EV produces a peak power output of 75hp (55kw) and 170Nm peak torque. The IP67-rated 26kWh battery pack has an improved driving range of 315km. It can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in just 60 minutes with a fast charger. Certainly one of the best budget electric cars you can buy right now.

Tata Punch EV

Starting Price: Rs 10.99 lakh

Tata Punch EV: Everything you need to know

The newly launched Tata Punch EVs is one of the best budget electric cars in India right now. Prices for the Punch EV start at Rs 10.99 lakh and go up to Rs 15.49 lakh. The EV gets significant design changes over its ICE counterpart. It looks similar to the Nexon EV facelift. The LED headlamps are housed in the bumper while a sleek LED light bar runs across the bonnet.

There are two battery pack options available with the Punch EV – 25kWh and 35kWh. They have driving ranges of 315km and 421km respectively. There are two charging options as well – a 3.3kW wall charger and a 7.2kW fast charger. With a 50kW DC charger, the electric SUV can be charged from 10-80% in 56 minutes. The Long Range variants of the EV produce a maximum power output of 122hp and 190Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Standard variant puts out 82hp and 114Nm.

Mahindra XUV400

Starting Price: Rs 15.49 lakh

Mahindra XUV400 Pro launched at an introductory price of Rs 15.49 lakh Buying Guide: Budget Electric Cars in 2024

Mahindra’s only entry in this list is the XUV400 EV…for now. The automaker has big EV releases lined up in the coming years. Until then, the XUV400 EV holds the fort for Mahindra. The electric SUV puts out 150hp and 310Nm. There are two battery pack options on offer. The 34.5 kWh battery pack offers a driving range of up to 375km while the 394 kWh battery pack offers 456km.

The Mahindra XUV400 is equipped with features like a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with AdrenoX software, climate control, an electric sunroof, smartphone connectivity, six airbags, and a host of other safety features. The Mahindra BlueSense Plus smartphone app offers 60+ connectivity functions.

MG ZS EV

Starting Price: Rs 18.98 lakh

New ‘Excite Pro’ variant added to MG ZS EV lineup Buying Guide: Budget Electric Cars in 2024

MG Motor’s second entry in this list is the ZS EV. Back in March, the automaker added a new ‘Excite Pro’ variant to the EV’s lineup. One of the biggest highlights of the ZS EV is its Level 2 ADAS package. This package includes features like adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, speed assist system, and forward collision warning.

The MG ZS EV is powered by a front-mounted electric motor that produces a maximum power output of 176hp and 280Nm. The 50.3kWh battery pack offers a driving range of 461km. The EV can go from 0-100kmph in 8.5 seconds.

Honorable Mention: Tata Nexon EV

Read Also: Rs 14.49 lakh

Tata Nexon and Nexon.ev facelifts: What’s new?

The Nexon EV is one of the most popular electric SUVs in India and deserves a spot on this list. The Nexon EV facelift sports a new 12.3-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. It is packed with features like connected car tech, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, voice-assisted sunroof, touch controls for the HVAC, and more.

The Nexon EV variants are divided by battery sizes. The 30kWh battery pack on the MR variant offers a driving range of 325km. Meanwhile, the 40.5kWh battery pack on the LR variant can go up to 465km on a full charge. Talking about the power specs, the Nexon EV MR puts out 129hp and 215Nm, while the LR variant produces 145hp and 215Nm.

Read Also: Discounts of up to Rs 38,000 on Maruti Suzuki Swift, Dzire, and more

Conclusion

These are our picks for the top 7 budget electric cars in India in 2024. Next year, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are expected to launch their all-electric SUVs, the Creta EV and the eVX. Renault is also expected to come out with an electric version of the Kwid in 2025. Which release are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Utkarsh Joshi
Utkarsh Joshihttps://www.motorbridge.com/
Utkarsh is a seasoned writer who seeks to simplify complex concepts and bring the latest in technology to a broader audience. You can catch his exhaustive 'How to' guides, deep-dive feature articles, cutting-edge news stories, and comprehensive tech reviews on Gadgetbridge.com. Apart from dabbling in all things tech, Utkarsh also enjoys watching club football, adding to his TBR pile of books, and making Spotify playlists. Automobile enthusiasts and motorheads can also catch his articles on Motorbridge.com.

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