Electric Vehicle News
The electric car will be sold in in Delhi and Bengaluru initially and later in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. They plan to offer exclusive lease options only and wont be available for sale to individual buyers.
The prototype displayed has been worked on for more than one and half years. There are more prototypes being developed including a 4 door version and the cars will be in production by late 2021.
The electric car sports coupe style design just like the Tigor EV from Tata. There also seems to be an emphasis on aerodynamics. The distinct feature is a full LED headlamps across the front grill.
The Extinction MK1 is slated to have the following specifications
- 96 kHw battery
- 149 kW of power
- Top speed of 196 kmph
- 0 to 100 kmph in just 5.4 seconds
- 500 km range
- Fast charge upto 80 per cent within 30 minutes.
Hats off to the Pravaig team. Creating an electric car in India is no mean feat. And localizing and making upto 90% of the components in India is another example of how the Indian EV industry is way ahead in terms of making in India compared to other industries like mobile phones, solar panels and pharma industry.
Looks like Pravaig are focussing on the luxury fleet market. We can picture this classy, beautiful and silent electric car operating in luxury hotels or rented by corporates to transport their senior management people in full luxury. If fleets are the major application, one begins to question, on the need for such high powered specifications. No hotel or fleet owner would care about 0 to 100 in 5.5 seconds or top speed of 196 kmph if most of the driving happens in city. It's surprising that EV enthusiasts cant get one on lease for personal transport, we wonder why they wont offer this to individuals.
Also we wanted to point one observation. During the reveal event, Mr Siddhartha Bagri showed demonstrations on how lithium cells explode when pierced. Also how their metallic casing can withstand the heat, even if one cell catches fire. Also Mr Bagri made some statements on how, in an electric car, we are sitting on a battery which is a bomb (which is not true).
We found those kind of statements and those lithium cell, fire demonstrations to be irresponsible and counter productive especially in front of national media who will write anything to sensationalize the anti EV propaganda.
Ultimately Pravaig will need huge funding to even think about getting into production. If they are only offering leases to businesses, they will need to have a strong financial partner who will invest in these cars. There are many questions to be answered, and hope the team will communicate with the community regularly on updates during 2021.
We wish the team the best!