Mahindra Reva is working hard to make the E2O electric car a success in the Indian car market. The latest, in the series of features that Mahindra has been working to incorporate on its solitary electric car offering, are rear doors. Currently, the E2O is sold with two doors, which makes access to the rear bench seat of the electric car a convoluted exercise, and one that the elderly and infirm do not enjoy.
Adding two extra doors at the rear, is expected to make ingress and egress a more straightforward affair for the passengers at the rear. Also, such an addition will take the E2O closer to the mainstream considering the fact that majority of car buyers in India consider a hatchback with four doors to be more complete.
A timeline for the new variant’s launch hasn’t been specified just as yet. Mahindra Reva is also working on an electric power steering equipped E2O, which promises to make city driving more comfortable than ever before. Exports of the E2O will commence from the end of the year with Mahindra Reva planning a more powerful version of the electric car for export markets.
The export-spec E2O is also expected to deliver a longer battery range and additional safety kit. In India, the E2O is sold with an electric motor that derives power from a 48 volt lithium ion battery stack. The motor outputs 25.47 Bhp at 3,750 rpm of peak power and 52.95 Nm of peak torque at 3,400 rpm.
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The E2O uses a CVT automatic gearbox to transmit the torque generated by the electric motor to the front wheels. The 830 Kg heavy electric car hits a top speed of 81 Kph with the claimed range on a full charge pegged at 100 Kms. Although the E2O is a much improved version of its predecessor, the Reva-i, off take of Mahindra Reva’s latest electric city car has been anything but inspiring.
The car’s high initial cost in most cities where Mahindra Reva sells it makes it a direct rival of diesel compact sedans rather than entry level petrol hatchbacks. While the Mahindra Reva is very economical to run, it is still a pricey electric car whose overall costs cannot match a sharply priced petrol or a turbo diesel hatchback in the entry segments.
A big price cut is the need of the hour and Mahindra Reva will be looking at the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 for the much needed succor. This, as Mahindra Reva’s attempts to make the E2O a more attractive proposition financially, through the battery lease scheme has proven to be unsuccessful.