The Indian SUV giant, Mahindra and Mahindra has officially forayed into the electric future unveiling as many as 5 new electric SUVs on August 15, 2022.
Mahindra announced its arrival into the electric car future with 5 SUVs categorised under 2 EV sub-brands – XUV and BE (Born Electric). The EV fever is gripping the industry and almost all the major global automobile players have put their bets on what seems like the future of mobility henceforth. Tata Motors, another major Indian car marque, had already shown its cards with its EV concepts for the coming years. Interestingly, both these auto giants are referring to their future EVs as global products.
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Mahindra Electric Car (EV) Portfolio
On the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day, Mahindra unveiled 5 electric SUVs – XUV.e8, XUV.e9, BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. While the first two are the derivatives of the IC model by the same name, the last three are a part of Mahindra’s Born Electric vision for the future. The timeline for the launch of these electric vehicles (first four) ranges from December 2024 to October 2026. The dimensions and prototypes of these SUVs are as follows:
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Designed by using Mahindra’s Heartcore Philosophy, the aim is to combine the years of experience and heritage of the SUV DNA with an electrifying future-ready modern approach. This is vividly on display in all of these concepts. These electric SUVs will be based on Mahindra’s state-of-the-art dedicated INGLO platform. As a part of this architecture, all the EVs will come with Augmented Reality-enabled Heads-up Display, Edge-to-Edge Screen, 5G Capabilities, Over-The-Air Updates and V2L (Vehicle to Load) to charge or power external appliances.
In India, Mahindra is known for making cars with the highest safety ratings as per the Global NCAP. It aims to carry this tradition forward which is why its EVs will use ultra-high-strength boron steel for battery protection. In addition to that, the EVs will have ADAS functions with multiple radars, sensors and cameras. This will also lend autonomous driving capabilities to electric SUVs.
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Battery and Performance
Mahindra has decided to go with the safe, robust and easy-to-maintain LFP (Lithium Ferrous (Iron) Phosphate) battery chemistry. In terms of the battery design, it uses lean modules and standardised cell-to-pack technology using both cell architectures – Blade and Prismatic. The battery capacity will range from 60-80 kWh with 175 kW DC fast charging capability allowing a 5-80% charge in under 30 mins.
The EVs will be offered in RWD and AWD configurations. In the case of the former, the power output ranges between 170 kW and 210 kW (228 hp and 282 hp), while the latter will get between 250 kW and 290 kW (335 hp and 389 hp). Resultantly, the 0-100 km/h acceleration will be completed in 5-6 secs. The WLTP range with the bigger battery pack is expected to be around 450 km.