The implementation of GST has made electric cars cheaper in India while the already expensive hybrids have gained an even heavier price tag. While the government hopes to make India all-electric by the year 2030, there really isn t much choice for us except Mahindra Reva. If you are still on the lookout for an environmental-friendly vehicle, here’s a combined a list of hybrids and electric cars available in India right now. Needless to say, almost every car in this list comes into a premium pricing category. Take a look. Also Read - Indian mobile gaming market to shoot up to at least $5 billion by 2025: ReportAlso Read - India's first virtual science lab launched for students: Here's what the govt wants to acheive with it
Volvo XC90 Plug-in hybrid
The Volvo XC90 Plug-in was launched last year with a hefty price tag of Rs 1.25 crore, but has still managed pretty decent sales. Despite its colossal frame, it is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid electric powertrain with a 9.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The resultant power output is 402bhp with 640Nm of torque with a much lesser carbon footprint. ALSO READ: Volvo to go all electric by the year 2019
The world-renowned Toyota Prius is available in India and is powered by 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, which is coupled to a permanent magnet synchronous motor and the power output is 98bhp with 142Nm of torque. The transmission is held by an e-CVT. Post GST, prices have increased, and the daily runner in the US and other developed countries costs a bomb in India — Rs 45.23 lakh.
Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda debut the Accord after a hiatus of five years, but only with a hybrid engine in India. This means only one Accord Hybrid was sold by May 2017 in India due to its exceptionally high pricing of Rs 41.32 lakh (ex-showroom). At the heart of the Accord Hybrid is a 2.0-litre petrol engine, and two motor hybrid powertrain that delivers 215PS of max power with 315Nm of peak torque.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota‘s Camry Hybrid is still relatively affordable in comparison to the Accord hybrid at Rs 36.25 lakh, and is powered by a bigger 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor which deliver 202bhp with 215Nm of torque.
Mahindra Verito couldn t set any sales charts on fire, but here s the only electric sedan on offer. Mahindra may have won the Formula E, but their electric vehicles are miles away when you consider performance. eVerito is powered by a three-phase 72v motor, which can be charged in an hour and 45 minutes, and gives a range of 110km. Prices start from Rs 9.5 lakh, and go up to Rs 10.5 lakh.
Mahindra e2o Plus
The first and most affordable fully electric car in the country is the Mahindra e2o Plus. The pricier variant P8 of the four-door hatchback offers a range of 140km, and has a top speed of 85kph. It is powered by a three-phase AC induction motor, which delivers 91Nm of torque and 30kW of power. It has starting price of Rs 7.46 lakh that goes up to Rs 11.16 lakh for the top-spec P8 variant.
Other notable mentions are Mahindra Scorpio Mild hybrid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS, and Ertiga SHVS. But all three are mild hybrids, and don t really cut back on emissions very well. They are instead developed to deliver much better fuel economy than their conventional counterparts. ALSO READ: Electric cars in India: Here s what needs to change to make it a reality