Mahindra is now ready with its second mass electric model. What started as the NXR concept is now the Mahindra e2o. The company today launched the car at a starting price of Rs 5.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
It's comparable in size to something like a Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo, and is in fact being pitched as a B segment car. The only difference is that it will never need a tank up, since it doesn't use fossil fuels at all.
So you need to plug in its charging cable to an electric wall socket and a full charge can take you up to 100 km, though this will vary depending on your driving style and traffic conditions, plus the use of on-board electronics like the air conditioning.
A full charge from empty will require about five hours, though a one-hour quick charge will give you about 25 per cent battery power, which will ideally carry you about as many kilometers away.
The car's top speed is in the 80 kmph range. Its acceleration is steady, and it has an automatic gearbox, with a Boost feature that provides extra power when needed for quick overtaking, for instance. It also has a reverse camera and a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Each car comes with an inbuilt GSM activated chip that allows the company to keep tabs on the performance and condition of each individual car. This also allows troubleshooting and any software related upgrades to be carried out remotely, without the car needing to be brought in to a workshop.