With the world’s automotive industry hoisting the flag of the green agenda and several countries’ governments mandating the green cars, the Electric Vehicles or EVs are also on the rise. Thus, the modern global auto industry is full of efficient and advanced EV models.
However, back in the Indian car market, the Indians only have the home grown Mahindra & Mahindra at present that is representing the technology. India’s only available fully electric passenger car is the Mahindra Reva e2o, a great looking compact hatchback with a tough plastic scratch resistant and dent resistant body that packs in a whole array of futuristic technological advantages and claims to offer very low running costs, cost savings and an absolute green ride.
The e2o poses to be a perfect eco-friendly and efficient city car. However, as this car represents the future mobility to the Indians, there are a lot of curiosity, anxieties and questions. Let us take a look at the e2o to find the answers to the most common questions.
Is the e2o an everyday car?
Of course it is designed for daily usage and not occasional drives. The car offers a range of 100 km at full charge and yes, you’ll have to get into the habit of recharging the car instead of refuelling it. The car offers a very quiet cabin with practically no vibration that also takes time to get used to while driving but offers a great experience to the passengers.
The e2o is a 4 seater passenger car but features only two doors, with foldable front seats to access the rear seats, and this can also take time to get used to, but should not be a problem if the rear passengers are children or teenagers.
What about its limited range?
Not a problem for city drives. The range is not of concern, as most city drivers going back and forth from work every day do not cover 100 km. However, the e2o is best used as a second car because the car’s limited range is a problem if you are considering weekend drives well out of the city.
Is charging a hassle?
Not for most of the owners. If you buy an e2o Mahindra will install a charging point near your parking lot. For the high-rise apartment dweller this may or may not be a problem, but very convenient for the ones with individual houses. A car’s battery needs a five charge from a regular 15 ampere socket and is ready to run a 100 km.
How does it feel to drive it?
On the whole it is great fun to drive and ride the e2o. It can speed up to 81 km/hr. A ‘Boost’ function on the gear knob also provides some more power. The e2o comes with automatic transmission which is really good but the absence of a power steering is not. It is also a great fun for the tech geeks with all the high-tech features and conveniences.