Cheapest EV in India with Solar Charging to launch soon! Worth buying?

The latest upcoming cheapest EV in India is the Vayve Mobility’s EVA Electric Solar Car that is expected to launch at a price of ₹5 to ₹6 Lakhs. Would it be worth buying or considering? Launch date? & more

by Vrushali.S Updated: 19 Dec, 2023, 20:07 IST
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EVA is India’s first solar electric car and also the cheapest electric car, built by an Indian brand called Vayve Mobility which is a Pune-based startup. This cheapest electric solar car, EVA, is expected to launch at just ₹5 to ₹6 Lakhs which is currently the lowest price of an EV in India. So far till February 2023, the cheapest EV in India is the Tata Tiago which has an introductory price of ₹8.49 Lakhs, launched in September last year, 2022. So, what does make this new cheapest EV in India so special apart from its low price? And is the EVA electric solar car by Vayve Mobility worth buying? Let’s find out.

Cheapest EV in India: EVA, Vayve Mobility Solar Electric Car

So, the cheapest EV that we are talking about is called EVA. The Auto Expo 2023 event recently showcased EVA as India’s first solar electric car. The CEO of Vayve Mobility, Nilesh Bajaj presented the EV as an Electric-first solar car which means that EVA is not a solar car but an electric car (EV) that can also be charged via solar power. In his words, “EVA is a purely urban-based EV and is for everyone who goes to the office, spends roughly 30 minutes to 2 hours in their vehicle.”


Cheapest EV in India: EVA, Vayve Mobility Solar Electric Car

The EVA Electric Solar Car launch is expected in the next one year, that is by 2024 and the CEO of the EV brand says that by mid-2024, we would start seeing some EVA Solar Electric Cars on the roads of India. The price of the EV has not been yet made official. However, in the Auto Expo 2023 event, the host of Vayve Mobility said that we can expect the EVA solar electric car price to be 50-60% cost of an entry-level EV in India or a hatchback car which means, we can expect the price to range from 5 to 6 Lakhs which if Vayve Mobility manages to bring to reality, would give some pretty tough competition to other EVs in the Indian market.

This also makes the EVA by Vayve Mobility Electric Solar Car the cheapest EV in India to launch.



In comparison to the current lowest-priced EV in India, Tata Tiago EV, the Vayve Mobility’s EVA would most likely come at a lower price. In terms of specs, EVA electric solar car gives some pretty good competition to other EVs. Let’s have a look at the specs of India’s first electric solar car, EVA by Vayve Mobility.

Specifications of EVA, Electric Solar Car in India

Below are mentioned the specifications and features of EVA, an electric solar car in India by Vayve Mobility:

Performance & Features:

  • Driving Range: 200 to 250 KM

  • Top Speed (kmph): 70

  • 0-40 kmph speed: 5 Seconds

  • Air Conditioning: Yes

  • Smart Connectivity: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

  • Solar Power charging: Extra 10 KM per day (depending on the weather and sun)

  • Colors available: 6 colors


Key Vehicle Specifications:

  • Transmission Type: Single-Speed Automatic

  • Seating Capacity: 2 Adults + 1 Child

  • Doors: 2

  • Max Payload (Kg): 250 Kg

  • Mileage (Km/KWhr): 20.8

  • Powertrain: IP68 water-resistant rating


Power & Energy Source specs:

  • Battery Capacity: 14 KW/hr

  • Thermal Management: Active Liquid Cooling

  • Battery Chemistry: Li-ion

  • Max Torque (NM): 40

  • Charging Time (80%): AC Home Charging 15A Socket + 4 Hours

  • Charging Time (80%): DC Fast Charging CCS2 + 45 Minutes


If you’d like to have a more detailed look at the specifications of the EVA, an electric solar car, you may have a look at their official specifications sheet

Cheapest EV in India: India's First Solar Car

Is it worth buying EVA Electric Solar Car by Vayve Mobility?

The Vayve Mobility EVA Solar Electric Car is worth buying if you are a nuclear family, only need to use your EV for smaller distances such as nearby places or your office, or if you are looking for an affordable EV with solar power battery backup and for minimal use. It may not be the best option if you are looking for high usage, high mileage, and range, & need more space.


However, being available at an affordable price range, the EVA Electric Car does have a few areas where it may not be the best for everyone. For example, the EV by Vayve Mobility comes with a lesser torque of 40 Nm which means it may not be as energy efficient. 

The EV is also super compact and can only fit 2 adults and 1 child, the luggage capacity is also not as large as other EVs for obvious reasons. Below is a comparison between Vayve Mobility EVA Electric Car vs Tata Tiago EV (current cheapest electric car)

EVA Solar Electric Car (to be launched) vs Tata Tiago Electric Car (current cheapest)

Feature & Specs

EVA Solar Electric Car

Tata Tiago Electric Car

Driving Range

250 Km

250 Km to 315 Km

Battery Charging Time (DC Fast charging)

45 mins

57 mins

Seating Capacity

2 Adults + 1 Child

5

Top Speed

70 Kmph

120 Kmph

Air Conditioning

Yes

Yes

Smart Connectivity

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay (more features are expected to be added)

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Automatic climate control & others

Max Torque (NM)

40 Nm

95 Nm

Per KM running cost

₹0.8 (approx)

₹1.4 (approx)

Solar power battery backup

Extra 10 Km per day (approx)

Driver Airbag

Yes

Yes

Passenger Seat Airbag

No

Yes

Price

₹5 Lakhs to ₹6 Lakhs (expected price)

Starting ₹8.49 Lakhs


Pro Tip: Be sure to check out our car and bike insurance buying guide before you purchase a vehicle for yourself.

Important Note: The EVA Electric Car by Vayve Mobility is still yet to be launched and is currently in production. This comparison is based on the specifications being made available currently by the official Vayve Mobility website. The specs may (or may not) differ at the time of launch.



What are your thoughts on this upcoming launch of the cheapest EV in India? If you remember and know, one of the cheapest EVs that we have seen in India was Mahindra Reva EV which cost ₹3.5 Lakhs to ₹4.5 Lakhs. Though the production of the car is discontinued.

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I wonder how much this will sell for few reasons:

everyone wants a big SUV! this is not.

Tiago is a full blown car and compact to an extent. the safety, comfort are unbeatable compared to this.

many wont trust TATA only for reliability. what is this new company anyway?

the space inside is super low. i wonder if you can do grocery shopping with the wife and a kid.

the driving dynamics seem dubious to me. 

finally, the cost! with some more money, i can get a full fledged car with some confidence. this is meh. 

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First of all, thanks for your valuable comment. Agreed partially. Not everyone wants an SUV and this car does not even compete in that space. 

It is designed for a very specific group of the population that mainly needs an EV for minimal use or smaller distance such as office goers, or traveling to places at a smaller distance. Generally, people who are living alone or do not have a large family to support, etc. 

"Many won't trust Tata for reliability. What is a new brand anyway?"
If we all would have thought like this, then probably no new brand in this country would have emerged right:)) 
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"Cheapest" 

I hope this company doesn't find its fate as nano if it's ever rolled out.
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Lithium is mostly produced in 1 country only (Bolivia) ...though produced in others but Bolivia is cheapest and secondly battery replacement and production ... for which we are mostly dependent on china .... How we are going to solve these problems?? Though 1st problem is difficult to solve but 2nd problem is more strategic challenge. (Manufacturing cheapest and reliable battery and selling to whole world)

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Thanks for your comment and its a good thought. But I am not sure if you have read the news but the government has just recently announced the discovery of 5.9 million tons of lithium reserves for the first time in India in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Geological Survey of India has made the discovery:)) So hopefully, it's not all too bleek for the EV market in India.

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Looks so similar to PMV (except solar charging) which came in shark tank

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How both sunroof and solar roof will come together?

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How to over take if the max speed is 70kmph?

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Solar panels are very weak. They will take hours to charge this. Better install solar panels at home and charge using electricity
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Auto rickshaw with a cover. 

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Totally impractical. Rather buying this auto use the cab when necessary and save money.

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Cabs are non sense, will not be available when most needed. It doesn’t look like auto rickshaw from any angle. And having rickshaw is not cheap anyway
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Still safer than bike.

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I feel this concept is not a feasible one specially at the price point they wish to target. If the company decides to go ahead and execute, it will be a total bust.

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A company with no experience in automobile, very limited product profile. Selling cars is huge capital intensive. Even if it works big players will tear it down with their own offerings having pan India presence with their big r&d houses. In short this product will not survive.
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Saw a YouTube video where they are selling second / third hand EV Nanos (run between 0-7000km) for 3.5-4.5 lakhs.

EV Nanos manufactured / converted by Jayem Auto and purchased by some fleet operators in 2021, but covid impacted all plans and hence they are on sale - as per the video.
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Following.. compact intra city ev car.. at lesser price. would buy if price and features are good.

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Hope India still remembers legacy Maruthi 800?? I am still ok if this car is in offer similar to old Maruthi 800 specifications....with a price tag of 2-3 lacs. 

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I want to buy

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I am very happy to buy this car immediately, how to buy this car, Iam in Srikakulam AP 

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I want to buy this car immediately, please let me know when it's ready 

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