February 21, 2016: Mahindra Reva is all-set to launch the e2o in UK. The car is already on sale in India since 2013 and the decision comes at a time observing the favourable market conditions in the European country. United Kingdom encourages use of electric cars and in order to achieve results, it offers support to automakers those who invest in such projects. Thus, Mahindra plans to use this plan in its advantage. The company said that in this way they will also be able to contribute in “Make in India” campaign while promoting the electric cars. Mahindra plans to launch the e2o in the European market within next few months, with UK being the first place.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|T2||Electric(Battery)||120.0 km/hr||120.0 km/hr||Automatic||-||25.5bhp @ 3750rpm|
India's largest SUV manufacturer, Mahindra and Mahindra has done wonders in the utility vehicle segment by offering rugged vehicles fitted with power packed engines under the hood. The company has also ventured in to the electric vehicle segment with its Reva e2o last year. It is currently available for sale in two variants, which are T01 and T2. Initially, when these models were launched, they have received decent response from the buyers. Now to add to the customer excitement, the manufacturer has reduced the price tag of this sophisticated electric car by significant amount of approximately Rs 1.0 lakh. The reason for this is because of the Indian government's incentives for the plug-in based electric vehicles. Since this is a full-fledged electric car, it has qualified for all the subsidies that are provided by the Government. This has also helped the manufacturer to offer attractive packages to its customers. For example, if we talk about the price of its base T2 trim in New Delhi, post subsidy, it costs around 5.92 lakh (ex-showroom). However, customers need to pay a fee of Rs. 2999/- per month for the maintenance of battery as part of this vehicle's car protection plan. In case if the customer is not interested in paying the monthly fee, they can opt out of this protection plan, which requires them to pay the full price for the battery. This means that the price of the T2 trim will cost around 7.51 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). This wont affect the company's commitment towards the maintenance or warranty of the battery of this electric car.
This sophisticated vehicle is powered by a three phase induction motor that has the ability to belt out 25.4bhp of maximum power at 3750rpm and delivers a peak torque output of 53.9Nm between 0 to 3400rpm. The lithium ion batteries used here are of the latest generation. The battery life on a full charge is now 120 Kilometers in T2 trim, which goes down to 100 Kilometers for its T2 variant. 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 model. It is blessed with a fully automatic transmission gear box, which adds to the convenience. 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 smart phone 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. 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.
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 and provides ample leg space and head room for all occupants. On the other hand, it 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. The grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster, which is incorporated with halogen based lights and side turn indicator. Its body colored bumper has a perforated air dam. In short, we can say that electric car has a best in class body structure features impact beams, which provides ample safety to the passenger and vehicle. The company is selling this small car with a standard warranty of three years or 36000 Kilometers along with a battery warranty of three years or 60000 Kilometers (whichever is earlier for both instances).
The company has given this model series a trendy body structure, which is fitted with a number of contemporary cosmetics and makes it look attractive. Reminiscent of the basic design of cars, this nevertheless maintains a rich contemporary outlook in its design, thanks to the team’s extensive research and undying passion. Its front fascia has a traditional car appeal owing to its large headlight cluster featuring powerful halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Its frontage is designed with a radiator grille, which is embossed with a prominent company logo in the center. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper, which is integrated with a large air intake section. There is also a provision for placing a pair of 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. Its windscreen is pretty large for giving a better view to ahead. It is integrated with a couple of intermittent wipers as well. Coming to its side profile, it is designed 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. Its door handles are painted in body color, while outside rear view mirrors are painted in black. The name ‘Reva’ is scripted on its side portion, below the rear view mirrors that gives it an urbane appeal. The neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a sturdy set of 13-inch steel wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. 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 for better reception of FM radio, which further adds to stylish appeal.
The company has given this small car a standard dimensions, which can accommodate four passengers with ease. It extends to a length of 3280mm and has a height of 1560mm that ensures enough head room. It has a total width of 1514mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. The decent ground clearance of this vehicle is about 180mm that helps it to commute through the speed breakers and uneven roads with ease. Its wheelbase is very small with just 1958 mm. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius is 3.9 meters, which is quite good.
The internal section of this small car is quite spacious, which can host seating for at least four passengers with ease. 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. The cabin has a well structured dashboard that is equipped with AC vents, an advanced instrument panel with quite a few functions, a storage box and a three spoke steering wheel, which 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. All seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints that adds to the comfort level. Its rear seat has foldable facility that helps in increasing the boot volume of car. 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 for keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it also has a number of utility based aspects like cup and bottle holders, sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror, front seat back pockets and many other such aspects.
For giving a pleasurable driving experience, the company has bestowed this vehicle with a lot of sophisticated features. It is incorporated with a proficient air conditioning system featuring a remote control. It also has an advanced GPS navigation system, which is equipped with a 6.2 inch touchscreen color display, that also provides controls for audio unit. Its top end 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 smart phone 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. Apart from these, the car maker has given it some other comfort features including hill hold assist, one touch foldable lamps, a set of scissor wipers, electrically operated wing mirrors, key less entry including start/stop function, dual damping glove box, follow-me home headlamps, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, a digital user manual and many other such aspects.
The internal cabin of this model series are quite spacious owing to its external length of 3280mm that ensures a enough legroom, which is offered not just for the front seat row, but for the rear too. It has a small boot compartment, which can be increased by folding its rear seat.
This vehicle's electric motor is paired with a fully automatic transmission, which helps in delivering a decent acceleration and pick up. It enables the vehicle to attain a top speed of 81 Kmph approximately. At the same time, it can accelerate towards 60 Kmph speed mark in approximately 12 seconds from a scratch, which is quite remarkable for an electric car.
Under the bonnet, 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, which is a big plus point. This motor can develop a maximum power of 25.4bhp at 3750rpm and generates a peak torque output of 53.9Nm between just 0 to 3400rpm, which is quite good for this class. This engine is mated with a fully automatic transmission system that helps in delivering a decent performance. 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 vehicle takes 5 hours (on top end variant) for a full charge and 4 hours (for its base level trim).
The motor of the base variant takes almost four hours for a full charge, which helps in delivering a mileage of 80 Kilometers. However, for running 25 Kms, it takes 1 hour of charging time, which is quite good. While the top end variant takes about 5 hours to deliver a maximum mileage of 120 Kilometers, which is rather impressive for this class. At the same time, it can run for 20 kilometers for which it requires only an 1 hour of charging. We can charge it at home or at office, it requires only a 220V, 15 A power socket.
The three phase induction motor available in this model line up provide a decent power figure for city commuting. The company has ensured the best performance possible by offering an output of 25.4bhp at 3750 rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 53.9Nm at just 0 to 3400rpm.
Its top end variant is equipped with an advanced JBL music system featuring 4 speakers and two tweeters. In addition to these, it has a DVD/CD player with MP3 playback and connectivity ports for USB and Aux-in 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 for easy access. At the same time, the individuals who own the base variant can customize the vehicle by adding several advanced features like an infotainment system, accessory power sockets, navigation system and much more. They can also opt for styling aspects like various seat covers, scuff plates, stylish body graphics, rear 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 on the roads. Its front wheels are paired with a set of 215mm disc brakes, while the rear ones have conventional set of 180mm drum brakes, which works fine in all weather conditions. On the other hand, its front axle is coupled with a McPherson strut, which is further loaded with gas filled shock absorbers and anti roll bars. While the rear axle is assembled with a trailing link type of 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. While other trim is incorporated with manual steering system.
The company has bestowed this small car with a lot of protective features, which gives the passengers a stress free driving experience. 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 so on. It also has an advanced engine immobilizer that safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized access.
The wheel arches of all the variants in this model series have been equipped with a sturdy 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. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across both its variants.
1. Cost of ownership and maintenance is rather economical.
2. Exterior appearance looks quite decent and dimension is perfect for city roads.
3. A mileage of 120 Kms on a full charge is big plus point.
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. Lack of alloy wheels is a big minus point.
4. Number of authorized service centers can be increased.
5. Only two doors make it difficult for ingress and egress.
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