Maruti eVX Spotted Next To S-CrossEven when draped in heavy camouflage, it is evident that Maruti eVX has a robust, sporty profileUnveiled earlier this year in January at 2023 Auto Expo, eVX will be Maruti’s first fully electric model. It has been developed in collaboration with Toyota. The latter will also introduce its own version based on the same platform in 2025. Maruti eVX will compete with the likes of MG ZS EV and upcoming Tata Curvv EV, Creta EV and Seltos EV.Maruti eVX spotted at a recharge stationThis is the first time Maruti eVX has been spotted while getting charged in India. Built from the ground up, the electric SUV will have to undergo rigorous testing for several months. Although the test mule is heavily camouflaged in all-black, one can clearly see the design of the electric SUV.Maruti eVX Spotted Next To S-CrossMaruti eVX has a dominating street presence, made possible with the chunky, upright front fascia, large alloy wheels, sloping roofline and rugged rear profile. The SUV will be getting L-shaped headlamps, closed-off front grille, shark fin antenna and wraparound tail lamps. Full-width LED elements could be there at the front and rear.In line with consumer preferences, Maruti eVX will have a minimalistic design theme for the interiors. Instead of physical buttons, eVX will have capacitive touch controls. Users can access these on the touchscreen, dashboard and the steering wheel.Maruti EVX Electric SUVeVX will have a large panoramic touchscreen that comprises the infotainment screen and the digital instrument cluster. Other highlights include a trendy dashboard design, vertically positioned AC vents, two-spoke steering wheel and prominent centre console. Enhancing the drive experience further will be customizable mood lights.Maruti eVX performanceBeing its first electric offering, Maruti is likely to be aiming for best-in-class performance. eVX is underpinned by a tweaked version of Toyota’s 40PL electric skateboard architecture. It is internally referred to as 27PL. In its concept form, eVX was equipped with a 60-kWh battery pack. Range was stated at 550 km. The production version could come with a smaller capacity 48 kWh battery pack. Real-world range could be around 400 km.Maruti eVX will be getting premium features such as rotary drive mode selector and 360° surround view camera. There will be at least 6-airbags. ADAS is also likely to be part of the safety kit.Maruti eVX priceMaruti is looking to achieve a high level of localization for eVX electric SUV. It includes the motor and the battery pack. eVX will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Gujarat. Maruti is known to offer its cars at affordable rates and the same approach will apply to its electric vehicles. eVX could be launched in the price range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 22 lakh. With eVX, Maruti will also be targeting export markets. One of the destinations will be Europe, where electrification is happening at a rapid pace. Various other overseas markets will be covered in a phased manner.Source More
Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsBeing Suzuki’s first global strategic EV, the EVX can be expected to have a truly unique profileIn line with industry trends, Suzuki is stepping up focus in EV segment. Suzuki’s first globally-relevant electric offering will be the EVX compact SUV. It will be launched across international markets next year.Maruti Suzuki EVX interiors revealedLaunch in India is expected in early 2025. Here, Maruti Suzuki EVX will compete with the likes of upcoming Creta EV, Seltos EV and Tata Curvv. Suzuki will be revealing the updated version of EVX at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023.Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsThe SUV was showcased for the first time earlier this year at Auto Expo 2023. A number of changes have been introduced since then. It will be interesting to see how EVX has evolved in a period of around 8-9 months. Ahead of the Japan Mobility Show that will commence from October 26, interiors of Suzuki EVX have been revealed.Browsing the interiors of Suzuki EVX is a true delight, as it’s unlike any other seen with a mainstream SUV. Some of the key highlights include a uniquely designed sleek dashboard and a large screen comprising the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster. The AC vents wrap around the dashboard, adding more dynamism to the cockpit section.Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsThere’s a new two-spoke steering wheel with a windswept profile, mirroring the design of dashboard. It is apparent that steering wheel rotation will be minimal, quite like a sports car or race car. Another noticeable aspect is that there are hardly any physical buttons inside the SUV. Suzuki seems to be aiming for a completely digital experience with the EVX. It will be made possible with capacitive touch controls across the dashboard and the large touchscreen.Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsEVX’s rider and front passenger sections are clearly demarcated with the stretched central console. It comes in piano black finish and has the rotary control dial. Another unique design element is the corrugated lines that can be seen across the doors and the central console. These truly stand out and create a mesmerizing experience with the ambient lighting. The bucket seats seem inspired from a futuristic spaceship. They are likely to have advanced foam material, to ensure optimal comfort without appearing thick and heavy.Maruti Suzuki EVX range, specsMaruti Suzuki EVX compact electric SUV will have range of around 500 km. Users can expect superior driving dynamics, as EVX will be equipped with electronically controlled 4×4 technology. Dimensionally, Maruti EVX will be 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. As the SUV has a clutter-free design theme, there will be an enhanced sense of space. EVX will also offer advanced safety features for complete peace of mind of occupants. Things like 6+ airbags and a comprehensive range of ADAS features are expected. More
Suzuki eWX ConceptWith focus on electrification, Suzuki will be showcasing a host of new products at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023Suzuki’s upcoming EVs that are important from India’s perspective include eWX and EVX. The eWX could emerge as the next-gen WagonR electric. On the other hand, EVX is a compact electric SUV that is expected to make its global debut next year. Maruti Suzuki EVX will take on rivals such as upcoming Creta EV, Seltos EV and Tata Curvv.Suzuki eWX electric mini wagon conceptAs per the original plan, Maruti Suzuki was working to launch WagonR electric sometime in 2020. However, due to the pandemic and subsequent techno-commercial viability issues, the plan was shelved. But as the industry embraces electrification in a big way, it is likely that Maruti will soon debut its first EV for Indian market. The company will also be exploring export opportunities with its EVs.Suzuki eWX ConceptWagonR electric could actually take the final shape as eWX electric mini wagon. This will be showcased at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023. The event is scheduled to take place between October 26 and November 05, 2023. Suzuki eWX will essentially be a Kei car. It will be 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide and 1,620 mm tall. On a full charge, Suzuki eWX will have range of 230 km. Other technical details are expected to be revealed in the coming days.Similar to the existing WagonR, Suzuki eWX has a boxy profile. However, eWX is compact in size and far more adorable. It gets an exciting exterior colour theme, comprising contrasting yellow highlights across the front bumper, wheels, side cladding and windows.Suzuki eWX ConceptOther Kei car models to be showcased include the e Every concept. This is essentially a mini-commercial BEV, designed for everyday needs. It has been jointly developed by Suzuki, Toyota and Daihatsu. Another Kei car that will mark its debut will be Spacia Concept and Spacia Custom Concept. These too are also quite cute and designed to make every day commutes a lot more fun and convenient.Suzuki eWX ConceptMaruti Suzuki EVX detailsMaruti had unveiled the EVX concept for the first time at Auto Expo 2023. Since that time, a number of changes have been introduced. The updated version will be showcased at the event. EVX holds a lot of importance, as it will be Suzuki’s first global strategic EV. It will be 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. Range will be 500 km. It will be capable of delivering an exhilarating performance with its electronically controlled 4×4 technology.At the event, Suzuki will also be unveiling the interiors of EVX. It is expected to get features such as an integrated infotainment and digital display, vertical AC vents, a rotary controller on the centre console and a 2-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel. Maruti Suzuki EVX is expected to be launched in India in 2025. More
Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedMaruti Suzuki EVX electric SUV will have a 60-kWh battery pack, with range of up to 550 kmInternally codenamed YY8, Maruti Suzuki had showcased the EVX electric SUV concept at 2023 Auto Expo. It will be the company’s first born-electric car and is expected to debut next year. It will go on sale in 2025. One of the key rivals will be upcoming Hyundai Creta EV.Ahead of its launch, a Suzuki EVX electric SUV has been spotted at a charging station in Krakow, Poland. The test mule wears a black camouflage, not intending to reveal the finer details. However, the tight wrapping does show a close resemblance to the concept version.Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedSuzuki EVX electric SUV featuresAs compared to the heavily muscled concept, the test mule appears to have a relatively toned-down styling. However, quite a few features have been carried forward such as the butch front fascia, sculpted bonnet design and thick body cladding. The SUV has a tapering roofline, which helps achieve a sporty profile. At rear, Suzuki EVX will have a layered spoiler, rugged bumper and edgy tail lamps with full-width connecting LED strip.Suzuki EVX test mule can be seen with temporary lighting all across. It has a standard set of alloy wheels, which are likely to be changed onboard the production version. The concept version had aerodynamic alloy wheels, especially designed to reduce drag. Other noticeable features include C-pillar mounted rear door handles, shark fin antenna and rear wiper.Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedInside, the test mule has a number of wires dangling around. It clearly shows that this test vehicle is largely a work-in-progress. A significant section of the dashboard has been camouflaged. It does appear to have a simple, minimalistic design.Maruti EVX Electric SUV interiors spiedSome features that are clearly visible include a two-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, steering mounted controls and a rotary control dial on the centre console. The showstopper is a large, horizontally mounted touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument console.Suzuki EVX electric SUV performanceAs compared to other OEMs that are converting existing ICE cars into electric, Maruti Suzuki will move directly to born-electric vehicles. Suzuki EVX electric SUV is based on an entirely new platform. It will be used to develop a range of future EVs. Overall performance of Suzuki EVX electric SUV will closely match that of similar-sized ICE SUVs such as Hyundai Creta.Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedSuzuki EVX electric SUV will be equipped with a 60-kWh battery pack, offering a range of up to 550 km. The electric motor is expected to deliver around 138-170 hp of max power. Both 2WD and all-wheel drive options will be available.With a dedicated EV platform, Suzuki EVX will have spacious interiors. It will be 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. Wheelbase is expected to be best in segment. The SUV will have large wheels, which will ensure a strong street presence and high ground clearance.Source More
Maruti Gypsy ElectricMaruti Gypsy electric vehicle has been developed via a collaboration between Indian Army Cell, IIT-Delhi and Tadpole ProjectsOwing to its compact size, agile performance and off-roading capabilities, Maruti Gypsy has remained a preferred choice for the Indian Army. Even when Gypsy was discontinued and no longer available to the general public, Maruti continued to make the 4X4 Gypsy for Indian Armed forces. Other vehicles used by the army include Mahindra Scorpio Classic. Maruti Jimny is also expected to join the armed forces soon.With climate change now impacting one and all, there are efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of Indian Armed forces as well. One relevant example is that of conversion of Army-owned Maruti Gypsy into fully electric vehicle. A total of 10 units have been converted, as part of a pilot project. If things work out as desired, more orders can be placed for conversion.Maruti Gypsy electric spottedDetails about electric Gypsy were already available, but this is the first time it has been spotted on the roads. While electric Gypsy may not be suitable for active operations, it can be certainly used across civilian and cantonment areas. This latest sighting is from Delhi, although the exact location is not known.Electric Gypsy does not seem to have any major changes to its body panelling. Differentiating factors come in the form of a green paint job on the sides of the SUV. The term ‘Pure EV’ is also painted in green. Another change is the green number plate.[embedded content]Why convert petrol Gypsy to electric?One of the key benefits of converting petrol Gypsy into electric is the significant reduction in operational cost. Electric Gypsy has certified range of 120 km. A full charge costs Rs 120, which means operating cost is Rs 1 per kilometre. In comparison, running the same distance on petrol will cost Rs 1,200. As of now, only 10 Gypsy units have been converted into electric. If the same approach is used for hundreds of units of petrol-powered Gypsy, savings worth lakhs are possible every year.Conversion to electric also means an extension of the vehicle’s lifespan. This will help in reducing capital expenditure, allocated for procuring new vehicles. Environmental impact also has to be considered, as electric Gypsy has zero emissions. In comparison, petrol powered Gypsy has carbon emission of 3.3 grams per kilometre.Conversion of petrol-Gypsy to electric involves complete removal of the engine, fuel tank and linked componentry. The vehicle is then fitted with lithium-iron phosphate batteries and a PMS electric motor. This is likely a one-way process, as reconverting the vehicle back to petrol will be a cumbersome, time-consuming and costly affair.Maruti Gypsy electric has a 21.7 kW, 72 Volt battery pack. Torque output is more than that of the petrol unit. A full charge takes around 9 hours when connected to a 15 Amp charger. Maruti Gypsy electric has a top speed of 70 kmph. The cost of conversion works out at Rs 5,78,200 per unit. More
Tadpole Projects developed Maruti Gypsy Electric can get up to 30 kW battery, enabling 120 km claimed range
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Army Commanders Conference (ACC) commenced on Friday, 21st April in Delhi. ACC is a biennial event and is one of the biggest summits where Indian Army conferences are concerned. ACC is conducted in a hybrid fashion for the first time. Where Army Commanders meet virtually and then physically meet at Delhi for detailed demonstrations.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy with retrofitted EV components was showcased at this event. Tadpole Projects is the startup behind this operation. The startup headed by Jawaad Khan is incubated under IIT-Delhi. Official website mentions Tadpole Projects primarily works with vintage cars and Gypsy. The EV conversion includes 30 kW kits enabling 120 km of claimed zero-emission drive.
Tadpole Projects – What Do They Do?
Indian startup Tadpole Projects promises an easy setup. The company promises original driving feel as it retains transmission of said vehicle. On its website, Tadpole offers four battery options. There are two 48V EV architecture options. A 1440 Wh module and a 1536 Wh module options. A 60V architecture option with 1920 Wh modules and a 72V architecture with 8640 Wh modules are on offer too.
All battery modules get IP65/67 rating. They come with protection against short circuits, overcharges, and under-discharges. An option for a smart BMS is available too. Up to 30 kW EV kits and 1 kW to 37 kW (49.6 bhp) electric motors are on offer. Charging time is pegged at 2 to 6 hours. Tadpole promises a 2-year warranty on motor and a 3 or 5-year warranty for battery, extendable to 7 years.
Maruti Gypsy Electric – Battery, Specs, Range Price
The process involves swapping out engine components, locating suitable battery placement spots, installation of said batteries and connecting the existing drivetrain with an electric motor. This is a good way of extending the life of an old and unfit ICE vehicle. Instead of scrapping, individuals can opt for EV conversion kits like this if the vehicle is of emotional importance.
There are benefits to EV conversions of old vehicles. For starters, this is a perfect way to extend life out of a prized possession. Like a special vintage car. Also, new vehicles only reduce tailpipe emissions and not emissions associated with manufacturing and energy production required for the manufacturing. EV conversions address both simultaneously.
Significance Of Retrofitted EV Conversions
Maruti Gypsy electric showcased to the military is of prime importance. It signifies re-using familiar and existing vehicles with zero-emission powertrains. The Indian Army is extremely familiar with Gypsies, disassembling and re-assembling them in a matter of minutes.
Maruti Gypsy Electric
Indian Army is likely to be procuring soft-top Jimnys in the near future. A part of the fleet can be electrified instead of retiring all unfit Gypsys. Similarly, civilians can consider EV conversions for old and unfit vehicles with an expired OEM warranty as well.
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With a range of around 500 km, the production version of EVX will make a compelling propositionNext Gen Maruti Brezza Electric SUV RenderWhile other homegrown OEMs have already fielded their EVs in the market hoping to take the first mover’s advantage, Maruti Suzuki, the market leader, thinks that there is still some time left before the switch to full-electric products becomes imperative. Nevertheless, the brand which has been successfully demonstrating its ability to read the Indian customers’ pulse for decades debuted its all-electric EVX concept at the Auto Expo, signalling its medium-term intentions.Harbinger to Next Gen Maruti BrezzaThe Maruti EVX previews the company’s new crossover design language which could form the basis for the Brezza’s spiritual successor. We hope, the critical 4m length limit which dictates excise duty benefits would eventually disappear in the all-electric era so the compact crossovers can be more spacious and practical than the current crop of conventional players.Maruti EVX Electric SUV Concept at 2023 Auto ExpoFor example, with a length of about 4.3m, the production version of EVX will be roughly the size of the brisk-selling Hyundai Creta. Upon launch, it will likely have to contend with the next gen Nexon EV, which will also be about 4.3 m in length. Then there is the Creta EV and Seltos EV in the making, which could also be potential rivals along with XUV400.Our rendering specialist Pratyush Rout has imagined the next generation Maruti Brezza crossover SUV based on the EVX concept. The production version, as the rendering points out, will be slightly watered down to emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency which is crucial when it comes to range. The new design language continues to retain the basic boxy character of Maruti’s current crop of compact crossovers. Salient design features on the front include sleek LED headlamps, almost non-existent front grille, boomerang-shaped foglight enclosures and an inverted trapezoidal air-intake.Next Gen Maruti Brezza Electric SUV RenderSmooth sheet metal surfaces, flush door handles, and pronounced rear haunches define the profile while we expect the concept’s continuous rear combination lamps and compact rear windshield to be carried forward more or less as they are. Maruti has not revealed the interiors of the EVX Concept but going by the global trend, one can expect the vehicle to opt for a simple dashboard dominated by several displays and state-of-the-art connectivity features.Powertrain DetailsThe production version of the Maruti EVX is expected to be the brand’s first grounds-up all-electric project. Details on the electric powertrain are scarce as of now but the crossover which is likely to be launched sometime in 2025 is like to pack a 100 to 150 kW electric motor supported by a LFP battery pack with a capacity of around 60 kWh. This should be good for a certified range in the ballpark of 500 km.The India-made Suzuki all-electric compact crossover will be a good candidate also in the overseas markets. In fact, exports are expected to account for roughly half of the EV’s production volume. Suzuki Motor Corporation will invest USD 100 million in the country to make EVs and batteries.Next Gen Maruti Brezza Electric SUV RenderMaruti is hoping that the current crop of affordable electric vehicles in India will lay the groundwork for acceptability among the customers by the time it is ready with its maiden zero emission product. The country’s charging infrastructure also should be more conducive in the next 2-3 years than it is now.Disclaimer – Design renders presented in this blog are solely for illustrative purposes and have not been commissioned, approved, or endorsed by the manufacturer. Designs presented here may not reflect the final product or the manufacturer’s intentions. The renders are provided as conceptual designs or artistic interpretations only, and their accuracy or feasibility cannot be guaranteed. More
Maruti Suzuki’s carbon neutrality goals will be achieved via a diversified portfolio that will include BEVs, HEVs and other green fuel optionsMaruti Suzuki Electric Car, SUV Launch PlansAnnounced at 2023 Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki’s first BEV for Indian market will be launched in FY2024. Post that, Maruti will continue to expand its green portfolio that will include fully electric cars, hybrids as well as variants powered by CNG, biogas and ethanol-gasoline mix fuels.Maruti’s shift to greener vehicles is part of its parent company Suzuki’s plans to reduce its carbon footprint. Along with India, Suzuki is implementing its carbon neutrality roadmap in other markets such as Europe and Japan.Maruti Jimny Electric TeasedMaruti EV roadmapBy FY2030, Maruti will have 6 new BEV models in India. These will constitute around 15% of overall production by FY2030. Some of the possibilities that are most likely include Jimny EV, Fronx EV and WagonR EV. HEVs will constitute around 25% of overall production by FY2030. It is likely that some new HEV models will be introduced in coming years. As of now, Maruti offers a strong hybrid option only with Grand Vitara compact SUV.By FY2030, contribution of ICE-based cars will be around 60%. Even this lot will be cleaner than its predecessors, as it will comprise variants running on green fuels such as CNG, biogas and ethanol mixed fuel. Suzuki’s carbon neutrality goals will be different in India, as compared to that of other markets. That’s because India’s carbon neutrality goal is set for 2070. In comparison, Europe has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2050.Maruti Suzuki shares electric cars, SUV launch plans roadmap for IndiaIn Japan, Suzuki is aiming for a BEV ratio of 20% by FY 2030. Just like India, 6 BEVs will be introduced by FY2030. However, unlike India that will still have ICE-based models, Suzuki’s portfolio in Japan will comprise only BEVs and HEVs. The latter is targeted to have 80% share in production by FY2030. The first Suzuki BEV will debut in Japan later this year.Maruti Fronx Electric SUV design teasedIn Europe, Suzuki’s targeted powertrain ratio is just the opposite of Japanese market. Suzuki is targeting 80% BEV and 20% HEV mix in Europe by FY2030. The continent will be getting 5 new Suzuki BEVs by 2030.Tough competition from Tata, MahindraWhile strong hybrid Grand Vitara has proved to be a runaway success, it remains to be seen if Maruti BEVs can achieve similar results. India being one of the largest markets for Suzuki, it is apparent that its upcoming electric cars will be fully loaded and offer a comprehensive range of features. As of now, Maruti Suzuki market share is around 43.4%.Maruti WagonR Electric design teaserMaruti upcoming BEVs will be facing tough competition from the likes of Tata Motors and Mahindra that have revealed ambitious plans to launch a range of born-electric cars. Tata and Mahindra already have a head start with cars like Nexon EV and XUV400. Maruti is likely to keep focus on affordability, all while offering the best value to its customers. More
Planned for launch in early 2025, Maruti’s first all-electric SUV is expected to offer range of around 500 km2023 Maruti EVX Electric SUVEV segment in the country is transforming at a fast pace, with several new launches planned for this year. Before born-electric cars become the mainstay, OEMs like Tata and Mahindra are busy launching electric versions of their bestselling ICE-based models. These affordable EVs are helping meet the rising demand for electric cars in the country.Maruti’s strategy seems a bit different, as it will start its EV journey with a born-electric car. Maruti’s first all-electric SUV will debut in early 2025. Till then, Maruti will continue to focus on petrol, hybrid and CNG powertrains. By 2025, other homegrown carmakers are also expected to launch their born-electric range.2023 Maruti EVX Electric SUVMaruti has always been associated with affordability and that USP won’t be lost with its born-electric cars. A balanced approach is likely in terms of features, range and pricing. 2023 Maruti EVX Electric SUV range is 550 kms with a 60 kWh battery pack, which is kind of a sweet spot in terms of alleviating range anxiety. Higher range won’t even be necessary in future, owing to improved charging infrastructure and ultra-fast charging options.For folks with limited budget, Maruti could also introduce a more affordable version of EVX. It will have lesser range of around 400 km. While the top-spec variant will have a 60-kWh battery pack, the affordable variant could be equipped with a 48-kWh unit. Maruti will be sourcing the battery packs from BYD. These will be utilizing LFP blade cell batteries that are claimed to be better in terms of range, power-to-weight ratio and safety. Maruti also announced INR 100 billion investment committed by Suzuki Motor Corporation for production of BEVs and batteries in India.2023 Maruti EVX Electric SUVSpeaking about dimensions, Maruti EVX electric SUV is 4300 mm long, 1800 mm wide, and 1600 mm tall. This makes it a rival to upcoming Hyundai Creta EV. While performance numbers have not been revealed officially, new Maruti electric SUV could deliver power output of around 138-170 hp. Both two-wheel and all-wheel drive variants will be manufactured at Suzuki’s plant in Gujarat. However, it is not certain if all-wheel drive option will be available in India. Around half of the production of EVX will be meant for overseas markets.Futuristic design, spacious interiorsIn line with evolving consumer preferences, Maruti will be utilizing an entirely new design philosophy for its EVX electric SUV and other born-electric cars. It will help compete with rivals like Tata and Mahindra, whose born-electric range will be just as radical and extravagant. A significant percentage of customers will be young buyers, which is where the innovation in design becomes more relevant. Aerodynamics will be a key focus area, as it will not only enhance the looks but also boost overall range.With its born-electric platform, interiors are expected to be a lot more spacious in comparison to a similar sized ICE-based SUV like Creta. Maruti EVX will be based on the 27PL platform, which is a tweaked version of Toyota’s 40PL global platform. Toyota will have its own version of the YY8 SUV.New Maruti EVX electric SUV is expected to be launched in the price range of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. By 2025, it will have a lot of rivals to deal with. With affordable pricing and comprehensive range of features, Maruti EVX could emerge as one of India’s bestselling born-electric SUVs. More