The Mahindra Reva e2o is truly a wonder car in the Indian auto market in terms of technology, economy, styling, and off-course eco-friendliness. The e2o is the first of its kind to come under the brand name of Mahindra, as it is the first Electric Vehicle (EV) from the Indian SUV master. The e2o was fully developed by the electric car company Reva that was taken over by the Mahindra Group in the year 2010.
The Mahindra Reva was launched on 18th March, 2013 in Delhi with a price tag of Rs 5.96 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), after the Delhi state government announced a subsidy on the car, to promote electric cars in the state.
The Mahindra Reva e2o comes with an array of great features and cutting edge technology that can mark this car as a truly innovative futuristic car. This electric car is really different from others EVs seen in India, as it is not miniature and is a proper compact family vehicle. It can accommodate 4 adults very comfortably and is a perfect city car. Apart from being completely environment friendly with zero emission, it also gives freedom from the spiraling fuel prices and thus, is very economical as well.
As for its great features, the first major feature of the e2o comes in the form of a maintenance free Lithium-ion Battery that is much lighter as well. Other innovative features include a Digital User Manual, GPS Navigation with integrated maps, Bluetooth connectivity, Side impact dual beams, Immobilizer, One touch foldable seats, REVive technology, Aerodynamic effect, Driver Infotainment System, Keyless entry with button start/stop, Electric rear view mirrors, Projector headlamps, 6.2-inch touch screen infotainment system among many more. The other primary features of the e2o are its Regenerative Braking System that draws power for the car every time the brake is applied, and the optional Sun2Car Technology.
In order to improve the feature rich electric passenger car by many folds, Mahindra & Mahindra has also entered into a strategic tie-up with mobile network giant Vodafone. This strategic tie-up will offer machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services to Mahindra’s Reva e2o, which will operate the great smartphone enabled features in the car. The M2M is a technology that offers wireless and wired systems to communicate with the other enabled devices. With this technology in place, the e2o can be operated in several ways with a smartphone with Vodafone connection.
The Director of Vodafone Business Services, Naveen Chopra said that Vodafone and Mahindra & Mahindra will work together to make this technology work for the latest electric vehicle e2o. He also added by saying that as a part of the partnership, Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone, will also get an access to Mahindra Reva Tech Help Desk that can remotely do prognosis and diagnostics of the car. This will ensure the smooth functioning of this technology.
The application will be maintained by Mahindra, while the M2M technology will be supported by VBS in a five-year deal.