The Mahindra Reva E2O electric car is a city runabout that weighs 830 kilograms. Yet, the hatchback doesn’t have a power steering, which makes it a little odd in the India car world, where even the much lighter Tata Nano now comes with a power steering option. This status pf the E2O will change soon as the electric car will gain an electric power steering. Expect Mahindra Reva to price the electric power steering equipped E2O a little higher than the regular variants. In an interesting development of sorts, Mahindra Reva, through its Facebook page, has confirmed that the new electric power steering will come with the option of being retro fitted to existing E2O hatchbacks as well.
The Reva E2O features a brushless electric motor that churns out 25.4 Bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and a 55 Nm peak torque at 3,400 rpm. This motor is juiced by lithium ion batteries that can be recharged through regular household electric sockets. Top speed of the E2O is a claimed 80 Kph while the range without air conditioning is pegged at 100 Kms. Using air conditioning will reduce the maximum range by 15 Kms. The car also features brake energy regeneration to use braking to recharge the lithium ion batteries. A CVT automatic gearbox drives the front wheels of the E2O and makes the electric car an effortless drive in town as one needn’t bother with gear shifting.
The car is currently sold in two variants, T0 and T2, with the top end variant gaining an infotainment module that comes with satellite navigation. The base T0 variant of the E2O is priced at 5.81 lakh rupees while the T2 variant is priced at 6.09 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. However, it must be noted that the Delhi state government offers chunky subsidies, which are unavailable in other parts of the country, barring Bangalore, which offers a smaller subsidy. In the coming months, the E2O could get cheaper as subsidies under the Indian government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 are likely to come into effect soon.