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August 21, 2014: Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd a wholly owned subsidy of India's largest SUV maker Mahindra and Mahindra launches a new top-end trim of their zero emission vehicle – e2o . The new variant of the e2o comes with variable assist electric power steering (which was missing since its launch last year). The new variant also comes with an extended range of 120km! The premium variant of the e2o continues to come in Reva's unique “Goodbye Fuel, Hello Electric” scheme with no extra costs. In terms of recharging, the electric car can be re-charged through any 15 amp plug point along with the Sun2Car option that utilizes solar power technology. The company also offers quick-2-charge facility which charges the e2o completley within 60 minutes.
Mahindra and Mahindra had ventured into the electric vehicle segment with its Reva e20 last year. Recently, it has rolled out a premium variant in its series with few additional features. These include electric power assisted steering system, infotainment system, reverse parking camera and driver information system. In addition to these, it also has updated interiors, making it more contemporary. At the same time, this Premium trim is introduced with an enhanced mileage range of 120 kilometers, which is quite good. This model series hosts a series of advanced features like a regenerative braking system, which is a feature that cuts down maintenance by putting back energy, while driving. It is also integrated with an advanced intelligent iEMS system featuring 10 on-board computers, which monitors every part to ensure smooth functionality. On the other hand, this electric vehicle gets an advanced GPS navigation system featuring a 6.2 inch color display that helps to choose a right direction. This is a two door vehicle that can host seating for at least four passengers comfortably. This sophisticated vehicle is powered by a 3-phase induction motor that has the ability to belt out 19kw of maximum power at 3750rpm and delivers a peak torque output of 53Nm between 0 to 3400rpm. The lithium ion batteries used in the Mahindra e2o are of the latest generation. The battery life on a full charge is now 120 kilometers (in Premium trim), which goes down to 100 kilometers for its existing variants. Its battery can be charged through a 15 amp plug point, which allows it to be charged at home or the workplace or practically any place that can provide the specific charging point. Additionally, there are charging stations designed especially for the EVs. M&M was smart enough in understanding the increasing requirements of the automobile enthusiasts and customers alike and they have implemented the innovative solution set in the new e2o. Along with a dedicated performance it delivers as a car, it provides driving comforts to the occupants with its features like AC unit with remote operation, a dedicated e2o smartphone app, which makes it more convenient to the tech savvy customers. All these efforts and the improved advancements gives this small car a better edge over the other electric vehicles in this segment. This vehicle looks very attractive in terms of exteriors, especially from its front facade. It has a stylish swept-back styled headlight cluster and a large perforated radiator grille, which gives an aggressive stance to the front facade. On the other hand, this electric car has a best-in-class body structure features impact beams, which provides ample safety to the passenger and vehicle. It comes with a standard warranty of 3 years or 36000 Kms along with a battery warranty of 3 years or 60000 Kms (whichever is earlier for both instances).
This Mahindra e20 looks quite trendy in its class with quite a few contemporary cosmetics. Its front fascia has a traditional car appeal owing to its large headlight cluster featuring powerful halogen lamps. In an attempt to allow the e2o blend in with the other conventional vehicles, this vehicle features a front grill with company logo engraved on to it. The front body colored bumper also houses a provision for placing fog lamps. Although it is a compact looking vehicle, it does not look any different from other conventional cars. The bonnet extends from the front grille along the headlamps to the end of its windshield. It is essentially a simple structure with individual pieces joined as large chunks completing a puzzle. The detailing at the sides is simply amazing with bright and prominent curves and embossing. It is a two door vehicle, hence the small length of the vehicle would not hamper the external detailing. Reminiscent of the basic design of cars, the e2o nevertheless maintains a rich contemporary outlook in its design, thanks to the Mahindra and Reva team’s extensive research and undying passion. The name ‘Reva’ is scripted on its side portion, below the rear view mirrors that gives it an urbane appeal. Its rear fascia features a large lower bumper with a pair of parking lights along with a tail lamps. The rear windshield is big enough to give the driver a proper view of the environment around them. The detailing even on the boot door has a prominent company's badge, adding up to its already futuristic appeal. The rear number plate is positioned in the mid-zone of the rear bumper giving it a groovy look. The antenna is placed in the front area, which further adds to stylish appeal.
This vehicle has decent measurements making it as appealing as a regular car. It extends to a length of 3280 mm and has a height of 1560 mm. It has a total width of 1514 mm along with a decent ground clearance of 180 mm helping it to commute through the speed breakers and uneven roads with ease. Its wheelbase is very small with just 1958 mm, but the turning radius is 3.9 meters, which is quite good.
Its interiors are amazingly spacious, which can provide seating for at least four passengers. Since it is a two door vehicle, its front seats need to be bent down in order to gain access to the rear seats. The head room and the knee room in the cockpit is quite good but in the rear, it is slightly congested. Interestingly, this vehicle gets a conventional design like any other petrol or diesel car. It has a well structured dashboard that is equipped with an AC unit, instrument panel and a storage box as well. Its steering wheel has three spokes and is neatly decorated with a chrome plated company's insignia. The ergonomically designed seats are well cushioned and offer excellent thigh and back support to the passengers. The digital driver information system has an attractive display system, which provides information regarding drive mode, odometer, state of charge, messages display and speed display.
Its dashboard is equipped with a proficient air conditioning system featuring a remote control. It also has an advanced GPS navigation system featuring a 6.2-inch touchscreen color display, that also provides controls for audio unit. Its top end 'Premium' variant is integrated with an advanced driver information system that provides details related to several functions of this car. In addition to these, it gets a remote lock/unlocking function, which can be operated using a e20 smartphone app from anywhere. Using this application, you can also schedule AC for daily routine and can start or stop it remotely. There are a total of 10 on board computers working relentlessly to monitor the function of this vehicle and provide a real time drive information related to energy status, expected distance and vehicle temperature at various zones. Furthermore, it has features like reverse parking assist including a camera, which minimizes the efforts required while parking. Some of the other comfort features include hill hold assist, one-touch foldable lamps, scissor wipers, electrically operated wing mirrors, keyless entry including start/stop function, dual-damping glove box, follow-me-home headlamps and a digital user manual.
The interiors are spacious and the external length of 3280mm ensures a large legroom, which is offered not just for the front seat row, but for the rear too. The vehicle has a kerb weight of 830 kgs.
This vehicle's electric motor is paired with an automatic transmission, which makes it easy to drive in bumper to bumper traffic conditions. This vehicle can attain a top speed of 81 kmph and can accelerate towards 60 kmph speed mark in approximately 12 seconds , which is quite remarkable for an electric car.
This vehicle is equipped with a 3-phase induction motor that is accompanied by a 48V maintenance free lithium-ion battery. It can be charged through a 220 V, 15 A socket anywhere. This motor can develop a maximum power of 19kw at 3750rpm and generates a peak torque output of 53Nm between just 0 to 3400rpm . This engine is mated with a fully automatic transmission system. On a full charge, this vehicle can deliver a mileage of 120 kilometers. An hour of charging can take this small car to 20 Kms, which seems pretty decent. On the whole, this Mahindra e2o takes 5 hours (on premium variant) for a full charge and 4 hours (for its base variant).
The charging time taken by the base trim is 4 hours for a full charge, that delivers a mileage of 80 kilometers. However, for running 25 Kms, it takes 1 hour of charging time, which is quite good. While the premium variant takes about 5 hours to deliver a maximum mileage of 120 kilometers, which is rather impressive. At the same time, it can run for 20 kilometers for which it requires only an 1 hour of charging. Whether it is at home or at office, all it requires to have is a 220V, 15 A power socket.
The three phase induction motor does not offer the performance of a petrol or diesel powered car, but it sure does provide a decent power figure for city commuting. Mahindra ensured giving the vehicle the best performance possible by offering an output of 19 kW at 3750 rpm and a decent 53.9Nm torque at 0 to 3400 rpm.
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Its top end variant is equipped with an advanced JBL music system featuring 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. In addition to these, it has a DVD/CD player with MP3 playback and connectivity ports for iPod, devices. At the same time, it has a Bluetooth function, which enables calls and audio streaming. Apart from these, its cockpit is equipped with a 6.2-inch touchscreen color display that is integrated with maps and supports GPS navigation. Individuals who own the base variant can customize the vehicle by adding several advanced features like an infotainment system, accessory power sockets and much more. They can also opt for styling aspects like various seat covers, scuff plates, body graphics, spoilers, nudge guards and several other such aspects at an additional cost.
Being an electric vehicle, it comes with a proficient braking mechanism that a delivers reliable performance. Its front wheels are paired with 215mm disc brakes, while the rear ones have 180 mm drum brakes, which works fine in all weather conditions . Its front axle is coupled with a McPherson strut suspension, which is further loaded with gas filled shock absorbers and anti roll bars. While the rear axle is equipped with a trailing link suspension system that has coil springs, pan hard rod and gas filled shock absorbers, which provides a smooth driving experience. On the other hand, its top end variant is also equipped with an advanced electric power assisted steering system that supports a minimum turning radius of just 3.9 meters, which makes it easy to glide through peak traffic.
This electric vehicle features a welded tubular structure chassis that helps it absorb the impact caused in case of a collision. The body panel includes impact protection beams and crumple zones, which minimizes the damage and thereby it protects the occupants inside. There are quite a few crucial safety aspects installed inside like ISOFIX child seat mounting, three point ELR seatbelts, and adjustable head restraints, which maximizes the protection for occupants inside. In addition to these, it gets features like gear shift and charge interlocks, dual horns, powerful headlamps, tubeless radial tyres and an immobilizer that safeguards the vehicle from unauthorized access.
All the variants in this model series have been equipped with a set of 13-inch steel wheels , which are affixed with full wheel caps. These rims are further covered with a set of tubeless radial tyres of size 155/70 R13, which also features low rolling assistance and provides excellent grip on roads.
1. Cost of maintenance is rather economical.
2. Exterior appearance looks quite decent.
3. A mileage of 120 Kms on a full charge is big plus.
4. Highly sophisticated equipments return complete value for money.
5. Safety levels are quite good for its segment.
1. Time interval of 4-5 hours can be reduced.
2. Boot capacity and wheelbase is very poor.
3. Price range is can be more competitive.
4. Number of authorized service centers can be increased.
5. Only two doors make it difficult for ingress and egress.
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Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd a wholly owned subsidy of Mahindra and Mahindra launches a new top-of-the line variant of their sole electric vehicle – e2o. The new variant of Reva comes with variable assist electric power steering (which was missing since its launch last year), it also comes with an extended range of 120km! The premium variant of the e2o continues to come in Reva's unique “Goodbye Fuel, Hello Electric” scheme with no extra costs.
Mahindra Reva receives the CII Design Excellence award in the 4-wheeler Mobility Design Category for the Mahindra e2o. As part of its ongoing pursuit to establish design as a tool for national competitiveness, CII initiated the “CII Design Excellence Awards” in 2011. The India Design Council endorses the CII Design Excellence Awards and acts as the national strategic body for multi-disciplinary design. It is involved in promotion of design to ultimately make Indian industry a design enabled industry. The award seeks to demonstrate the value of design to the Indian industry and is a true acknowledgement of the prowess of Indian design, innovation and originality.
The ministry of heavy industries has concrete plans to bring in subsidies for electric vehicles in India. As part of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, the final decision would be taken by April 2014. While there are several factors behind promotion of electric powered vehicles in India. And one of the most obvious reason is the “green step” towards constantly deteriorating environment, and is also an attempt to make it pollution free. Apart from this, the compact design of these vehicles is very much suitable for city use, as they can be parked easily in confined spaces.
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