Snapshot: India’s leading electric car maker Mahindra Reva showcased the Halo electric sports car concept at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Looks wise, the Halo sportscar concept seems slippery enough to duck into the sports car territory while the claimed performance in quite impressive too. The limited range of lithium ion battery technology means that the Halo – even in concept guise – is strictly a sportscar meant for city streets.
The Halo uses lithium ion batteries to juice up an electric motor that is said to propel it from standstill to 100 Kph in under 8 seconds. While we aren’t talking about Porsche or Ferrari beating performance here, the Halo can still show a clean tread of tyre to most cars sold in India. The rated top speed of the Halo is 160 Kph, which is way above the legal speed limit across India, more so considering the fact that the Halo is strictly a city slicker’s sportscar.
At the moment, Mahindra Reva claims a range of 200 Kms per charge for the Halo sportscar. Taking cue from Tesla, the Halo comes with a tablet that doubles up as an infotainment module on its inside. As of now, the Halo all-electric sportscar is still quite a while away from hitting production. Therefore, India’s answer to the Tesla Model S seems far off in the horizon.