Anand Mahindra says India is ready for electric cars

Mahindra Reva e2o was launched earlier today in India at a price of Rs 5.96 lakhs. At the launch, Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra stated that India is ready for electric cars.

Anand Mahindra says India is ready for electric carsThe all new electric car for India is part of Mahindra’s Future Mobility project and is built at a total cost of INR 100 crores ($20 million). Mahindra stated that even though they have a capacity to manufacture 30,000 units of e2o annually at their plant in Bangalore, they will be happy if they manage to sell about 5,000 units annually. He also believes that it is about time now, and India is ready for electric cars.

Mahindra Reva e2o is a two door hatch with seating for upto 4 adults. Powered by 48V Lithium-ion battery which is maintenance free. e2o needs a servicing just once every year. Its output stands at 19kW (about 25 bhp) and 53 Nm torque while transmission is fully automatic. Mahindra will not only sell you the e2o, but will also make sure that a charging point is installed at your home/office, before the car is delivered at your doorstep.

Dimensions of e2o stand at 3280 x 1514 x 1560 (mm), wheelbase 1958 mm, ground clearance at 180 mm, and kerb weight at 830 kgs. Top speed at 81 kmph, 100 kms range, full charge in 5 hours, 1 hour charge gives 20 kms range.

Features of the Mahindra Reva e2o include, Hill hold, courtesy lights, iPod connectivity, one – touch foldable seats, 4 JBL speakers and 2 Tweaters, dual-damping Glove Box, CD, DVD, USB, AUX, MicroSD, turning radius of 3.9m, 6.2 inch touch screen, personal web-page, driver information system, keyless entry, start/stop, electric wing mirrors, rear defogger, scissor wipers, LED tail lamps, Projector headlamps, follow me home headlamps, reverse camera, digital user manual, GPS navigation, Integrated Maps, and Bluetooth.