While in the western world auto manufacturers have been regularly unveiling electric and hybrid vehicles, the conditions in India aren’t exactly that green. With a lack of public infrastructure to recharge electric vehicles while on the move, along with reports that the Indian electric grid isn’t prepared for a plug-in revolution anytime soon, the growth in the electric car market is still years away. However, these conditions didn’t stop Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles from unveiling their next-gen, future ready, electric car, dubbed the Mahindra E2O.
Billed as the group’s vision of the “Future of Mobility”, the electric vehicle meets all the five C’s of the framework – Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost Effective. The four-seater electric car, which is the first and the only of its kind in India at present, has been certified road-worthy. The electric car carries an array of lithium-ion batteries that gifts the car a range of 100km. Though the figure isn’t quite impressive, especially when compared with EVs currently selling in other parts of the world, it is just enough for an average metropolitan commuter, whom the company is targeting.
The electric car can be charged via a conventional wall socket or can also make use of Mahindra’s Sun2Car system with the EV will be recharged using electricity harnessed by a solar panel system. The vehicle will be manufactured at the company’s Bangalore plant with a capacity to produce 30,000 units each year.