The fully automatic, zero emission e2o, (pronounced 'Ee-too-oh') is powered by 48-volt lithium ion batteries that offer a claimed range of 100km per charge.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Monday launched the country's only all-electric passenger car, the e2o at Rs 5.96 lakh. The fully automatic, zero emission e2o, (pronounced 'Ee-too-oh') is powered by 48-volt lithium ion batteries that offer a claimed range of 100km per charge.
Charging can be done anywhere through a standard 15-ampere plug point. A full charge takes 5 hours, while a quick charge option is also there. Mahindra has plonked in some ingenious technologies into the e2o such as Sun2Car, Revive and regenerative braking system that further boost the car's range. The Sun2Car, for instance, allows people to charge the e2o using solar energy while it's parked.
Inside, the two-door hatchback can seat four adults. The automatic gearbox features three drive modes including 'Boost' for a more spirited driving experience but at the cost of lower range. Formerly known as the NXR, the e2o's maximum speed is 80kph.
Mahindra had hoped of keeping the e2o's price just 15-20 per cent higher than regular premium hatchbacks such as Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20, which cost around Rs 5 lakh. But with the government not doling out any subsidy benefits on electric car sales in this year's Budget, that plan has suffered a jolt.
The electric will be produced at Mahindra Reva's recently inaugurated production facility at Bengaluru which has a manufacturing capacity of 30,000 cars per annum. The e20 was showcased at the Auto Expo held here in January last year.
The car was unveiled at a function at Delhi's India Gate. The launch saw the presence of Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah and Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel.
Earlier this month, commenting on the planned launch M&M President, (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors) Pawan Goenka had said: "Electric vehicles today epitomise clean and green driving and Mahindra wants to take the lead in developing this segment and its surrounding eco system.
"We sincerely hope that such an initiative will find the desired support and incentives from all governmental agencies that will support us in this journey of providing clean mobility solutions."