Mahindra finally launches the much anticipated electric-car named e2o from its plant at Reva Electric Car company, which Mahindra had acquired a few years ago. An all-new design of its elder sibling (NXR) was showcased in the recent Auto-Shows & was much talked about its good looks and elegant design of the overall car.
Mahindra Reva, being the pioneer in electric vehicles in India, part of the USD 15.9 billion Mahindra Group, unveiled its all-electric, zero-emission ‘Mahindra e2o’ at a ceremony held at India Gate in New Delhi in the present on the occasion were Dr. Farooq Abdullah - Hon. Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Mr. Praful Patel - Hon. Minster, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and Mrs. Sheila Dixit -Chief Minister of Delhi, together with Mr. Anand Mahindra - Chairman, Mahindra Group and Dr. Pawan Goenka - Chairman, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.
Mahindra e2o is a manifestation of Mahindra’s vision of what it calls as ‘Future of Mobility’, which encompasses the ’5Cs’ framework of Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost Effective vehicle technology. Which the company believes that it could well redesign the way people commute in this 21st century. The Mahindra e2o is slated to go on sale with immediate effect at select Mahindra dealerships, though across nationwide will be in a phased manner. The e2o is priced at Rs.5.96 lacs (on road Delhi, post state subsidy).
e2o, powered by next generation lithium-ion batteries and a 3 phase induction electric motor; the car is fully automatic and designed for city driving. It has a very small turning radius, that makes to drive with ease in the urban roads. It also features the unique hill-hold feature similar to the premium Mahindra cars, which frees you of any anxiety when driving up inclines. The specially made composite ABS body panels impregnated with the body color, make it dent and scratch resistant and is also environment friendly without any paint coatings right from the factory itself.
e2o has enough interior space to accommodate upto two adults with ample legroom in the front and 2 more at the rear, though the legroom is a very less. It has a driving range of 100 kms per charge, which is enough to satisfy the needs of the urban commuters that can be recharged fully in a short span of 5 hrs. To do it customers can now literally plug in their Mahindra e2o’s to charge, like they would their cell phones, laptops or tablets on to any 15A power socket available in any home. If that was not enough it has its REVive® technology that has regenerative braking feature, which pumps energy back into the car’s batteries and charges them every time you slow down or apply the brakes.
e2o features an intelligent Connected car technology, that has a unique synthesis of energy, mobility and connectivity, which has multiple industry leading firsts to its credit. It is the new intelligent brain of this car which provides a feature rich control interface for the vehicle, which can be made available on any smartphone device by downloading its application. This application then gives the customer the power to remotely manage several functions of the Mahindra e2o. Brillant!!
e2o comes with a 15.5 cm (6.2 in.) touch screen, with factory fitted GPS Navigation System, Radio, DVD, Bluetooth and I-pod connectivity with 4JBL speakers & 2 tweeters makes. Now locating a place for directions to the nearest charging point is at your finger tips. It also features a full digital cluster, electrically-operated ORVMs, Keyless Entry, Start/Stop button, Projector head-lamps, LED tail-lamps, even a reversing-camera, that rich-ens the features-list of the Mahindra e2o, when compared to most high end cars.
e2o will be made available in six attractive colours – Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Eco Green, Oceanic White, Spanish Red and Sunfire Yellow.
Now coming to Key Safety Features, it has:
- High strength steel space frame construction that cocoons the occupants
- Colour impregnated, dent resistant polymer body panels
- Batteries under seat, ensuring a low center of gravity
- ISOFIX child seat mount with ALR seat belts
- Hood designed for pedestrian impact safety
- Adjustable head rests for all 4 seats
- Large front crumple zone
- Dual side impact beams
No Petrol, Gas, or any of those tail-pipe emitting and wallet poking fuels is going to haunt you. With all these features, it only needs one service per year, that too at your own doorstep by Mahindra's engineers.
If this is not enough for that mere Rs. 5.96 lacs, then what else?
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