Mahindra is an acclaimed Indian based auto manufacturer, its main specialty is sport utility vehicles, with the launch of eminent products like XUV500, Bolero, and Scorpio and so on. Apart from SUV’s the company has explored advanced auto engineering technologies with the launch of e20 electric vehicles. Mahindra is keen to work on joint partnership basis with Nissan and launch electric vehicles in India.
Company officials from Mahindra and Nissan stated that they are keen to collaborate with each other to promote electric vehicle technology. Nissan has already signed joint agreement partnerships with Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda, and announced that collaboration will be centered on charging infrastructure of electric cars.
Mahindra introduced the e20 on joint partnership basis with Reva , the car looks trendy, and operates on powerful lithium ion battery charge. It takes five hours for the battery to charge, and the assured distance after a complete charge is 20km, and the charge capacity is 220 volt 15 Ampere socket. The fuel used is three phase induction motor. E20 is an eco-friendly car, and is a boon to preserve the clean and green nature of environment.
The three phase electric motor emits admirable energies of 53Nm torque and 19kW power. The e20 is engineered with automatic transmission gearbox, which is ideal to run an electric vehicle. It is not too practical to use a manual transmission gearbox, because the shifting of gears will drain out battery power, the automatic gearbox is perfect for a smooth ride encounter. The concern here is the battery will wear out easily after a complete charge. The highest speed attained is 81kmph.
The e20 looks grand and sophisticated from the outside; the insides pose similar great surprises. The cabin room is enormously spacious more than the earlier model. It is a two door car, and front seats have to bend down for occupants to enter. There is sufficient head and knee space, the front portion looks magnificent and radiates with a professionally styled dashboard. The air con is strategically placed and can be accessed and operated easily. The seats are comfy and the digital system looks high-tech and provides essential information on speed display, message display, battery status, and odometer and drive mode.
Nissan’s much-admired electric vehicle launch is Leaf; the new model has been launched in America and is a chic car. The car maneuvers on electric EM 61 engine, and the fuel efficiency value is 80kmpl, which is phenomenal for an electric car. The engine yields impressive power and torque outputs of 280Nm and 109PS.
Nissan Leaf operates on robust 192 laminated lithium ion battery that churns 24kWh power and 360 Volts. The engine is attached to solo speed automatic transmission gearbox. Leaf is great with regard to pick up, and the highest speed attained is 144 km per hour. The car can zoom up to 0 to 100 km ph in just 12 seconds. When fully charged the car can cover 175 km, and the battery charging time is 7to 8 hours.
The insides of Leaf look high-tech and colorful with grey color theme and sprinkles of blue illumination. Mahindra and Nissan have emerged with innovative electric models, and a product of joint efforts of two firms will surely be world class.