Mahindra will launch an electrified variant of its compact SUV the KUV-100 by the end of 2018, said Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra, at the launch of the KUV100 facelift in Mumbai. Details of its powertrain however have not been revealed. Goenka also said that all future SUVs and crossovers from the brand will have an EV variant. “No one can assume if EV penetration will be 20 % or 100 % by 2030. But one thing is sure – Mahindra will be ready and will have electric variants in all our SUVs, with the first electric KUV 100 to be introduced next year.” Mahindra is readying technology for its next-generation EVs and had revealed earlier this year that it is developing electric powertrains with power outputs ranging from 41 to 204hp.
Also, with the use of higher-capacity batteries, the driving range of its EVs is probable to get a boost as well. Currently, Mahindra is the only manufacturer to offer electric cars in India, but the high price tags of the e2O hatchback and the eVerito sedan have been a major deterrent for buyers. However, the company expects EV prices to drop by 20 percent in the next two years as a higher localization of battery production and power electronics will help ease manufacturing costs. It leftovers to be seen whether this will have a favorable impact on the KUV100 electric’s price when it launches next year.