Mahindra launched the e2o in 2013 and projected it as the ultimate city commuter that not only saves fossil fuels but is also cheaper to run and saves the environment by being a non-polluting vehicle. However with a price of Rs. 5.96 lakh, it was too less a car with too big a price. Practicality was an issue too with limited range and just a 2 door version available which meant ingress and egress was a pain Get On Road Price of Mahindra cars in Carzprice
There are a lot of changes on the outside. First and foremost, the e2oPlus gets a grille which bears a lot of inspiration from the XUV500. The bumpers also get a tweaked design while the headlamps come with projectors. The side profile isn’t too cluttered and it is best described as quirky due to the shape of the rear windows and the raked waistline. Rear door handles are mounted near the C-pillar. The rear of the e2oPlus is rather pleasant looking thanks to well-shaped tail lights and a boot lid that comes with a thick black insert. The e2oPlus has a typical tall-boy design but the puny wheels make the car look under-tyred. Exchange your old car for Mahindra e20 Plus
The Mahindra e2OPlus has a bigger cabin. It now has more space at the rear. This time as there are four doors, the head room and knee room for rear passengers has also been increased.
This is a proper four-door vehicle. The interiors are the highlight of this electric car. They are premium and come with good number of features. The Mahindra e2OPlus offers a spacious cabin and the best part is that it has a generous legroom and headroom for the rear passengers. The boot space is 135 litres, which is adequate for small luggage and also your weekly shopping stuff. The air-con and even the same Mahindra dials are used. The car also features an android based touchscreen system, the same as the 2-door version. The car has all four power windows, electrically adjustable power windows, and push-button start. While most things are good, we found the fit and finish to be a bit tacky. The switchgear quality and also the upholstery could have been better.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
The top-spec e2o Plus is powered by a 72V battery back, which extends its claimed range to 140km. The battery powers a motor with a peak output of 41hp at 3,500rpm and 91Nm at 2,500rpm. The lower spec variants however, come with a 48V battery. These, being an electric motors, the car comes with a direct-drive transmission. Slot the gearstick into ‘F’ (Forward), step on the accelerator and the car…. well, disappoints. Since the peak torque of an electric vehicle is available from 0rpm, I expected the 69 percent increase in torque (as compared to the two-door e2o) to result in a quick launch, but I was let-down. There is a slight pause when you step on the accelerator, after which the car ambles forward sedately. Things are improved slightly in ‘B’ (Boost) mode, but don’t expect any excitement or gut-tickling acceleration.
The low speed ride is absorbent, with smaller bumps, lumps and crests are swallowed with apparent ease. Bigger obstacles, especially at higher speeds, cause the suspension to crash and thud. While most of the crashing and thudding is purely auditory (the suspension absorbs the impact), it still does unnerve you slightly.
The e2o Plus’ handling is nothing to write home about. Its compact size and electric steering makes it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces, but the steering lacks directness and offers little feedback. That it requires four turns from lock to lock makes for cumbersome driving, especially while parking.
Another problem with the e2o is cabin insulation. While motor whine has been reduced, a cacophony of other noises constantly crop up. The compressor switches on with a loud rumble at regular intervals, overshadowed only by the roar of the fans that cool the car’s batteries. The crashing of the suspension and the constant undercurrent of road noise only add to the din.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Regular city driving is easily managed in ‘F’ (forward) mode and if you’re feeling impatient, just knock the gear lever down a click into ‘B’ for boost mode. As the name suggests, it bumps up the throttle response and the e2oPlus darts forward like a 3-month-old puppy, putting a mischievous little grin on your face. All said and done though, it’s very easy to adapt too. For reference, this was the first time I ever drove an electric car in my life. The traditional engine rumble is replaced with the electric motor’s mild whirring, and the only other noise present comes from the tyres or the AC. It feels strange at first, but you get used to it
That said, the ride is noticeably stiff and even minor undulations are felt easily. The suspension is noisy over broken patches and feels particularly bumpy at the rear. The steering is super-light, but feels numb and offers no feedback. Braking isn’t too strong either and since the 14-inch wheels are wrapped in low-rolling resistance tyres that offer limited grip, the overall handling package is expectedly weak. However, it is easy and nimble to drive in the city and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s been designed for
Here’s the most important bit – Mahindra claims the e2oPlus can travel 140km on a full charge! Slap that down to even 100km in real world conditions and it’s still usable for daily office runs or short range city trips. It needs about 9 hours to charge all the way through a regular 15-amp plug point or 90 minutes with the fast-charging option, so you can charge up at work or overnight at home.
So is the e2oPlus a great city car? Yes! Can it be a family car? Yes! Can you use it for your daily office runs? Yes! Does it kill the prejudice against electric cars?
On the whole, the e2oPlus is a big step forward as far as electric cars in the country are concerned. It is the only practical option in case you’re looking for a four door, four seater electric car. That said, it is hard to perceive the e2oPlus as anything more than the second or third car in the garage but it is certainly a product that introduces us Indians to the concept of commuting in an electric car. The battery pack requires about 8-9 hours for a full charge, though there is the option of a quick charger that recharges the battery in just 90 minutes. The quick charger should be an expensive proposition, but not something you can’t do without.