Hyundai India is looking to build an electric version of the Xcent compact sedan. A clear timeline on when this car will be launched here is not known for now. Since the car is already four years old (it was launched in February 2014), we anticipate that the electric version of the Xcent will be based on the all-new model, likely to make its debut next year.
The Xcent is India’s second best selling compact sedan after the Maruti Dzire, and is bought by both private car owners and taxi operators. The car also has a dedicated taxi variant. An electric version of the Xcent is likely to be positioned for both the private car market and the taxi segment.
Tata and Mahindra already have electric sedans in the Indian market, and both automakers even supply these cars (Tigor Electric and eVerito) to the Indian government. Even government supply is expected to be among the ambitions for the Xcent Electric.
Meanwhile, Hyundai will first launch the Kona Electric SUV as a brand builder in India. The Kona will be Hyundai’s first electric car and will be launched here next year. It’s expected to be showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Hyundai plans to CKD assemble the Kona Electric in India, which means that it’ll not be aimed at the mass segment.
It’ll be a niche car aimed at testing out the electric car market in India. The success or failure of the Kona will give Hyundai lessons on how it can tweak its electric car strategy for the Indian market. Internationally, the Kona Electric promises a 384 kilometer range per charge. Similar specifications in India will make it one of the farthest going electric cars here. The production version of this car will be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
News Source: TOI