India’s Only Electric Car Revamped to Woo Drivers

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India’s Only Electric Car to Woo Drivers


Long before the Leaf and the Chevy Volt born, India had its own electric the tiny REVAi. The car ended than a decade of production year after selling than 5,000 units But underwhelming sales haven’t its maker from raising the This year, Mahindra is betting everything on its new electric hatchback, the E2O.

And it isn’t small. Besides opening a factory that can pump out vehicles a year, Mahindra plans to almost singlehandedly an electric-car charging network a commercial fast charger can fully replenish the battery in 70 and a freestanding auto canopy, the whose 10 square meters square feet) of solar can enable almost 50 kilometers (30 of travel after a sunny

The company’s founder, Chetan said in an interview with Ink that the E2O will be a “game in terms of performance levels” the REVAi, whose almost smallness made it an object of on the British auto TV show Top He maintained that the E2O (pronounced is ideally suited for the urban — if affluent Indians can be persuaded to it a try.

The world’s second-most populous has proven to be an especially difficult for electric vehicles. Indian shy away from the premium tag, even though far cheaper to charge a vehicle fuel it; the government offered subsidies to buyers in 2010 but them only a few months the charging network is virtually auto sales are at their point in nine years; and blackouts in parts of the country raised doubts that will be there when need it.

But there are reasons to that an Indian electric car get traction. This time the electric car maker has an ally, the industrial conglomerate Mahindra, bought a majority stake in in 2010 and changed the company’s to Mahindra Reva. The E2O will appear in Mahindra’s showrooms in Mumbai and New Delhi.

Another lift may come the Indian government, which soon release the details of a new billion program to support vehicles with the stratospheric of getting 6 million electric on the road by 2020. The plan is to include funds for a charging and subsidies for electric two-wheelers, in India are far more popular cars. (Several companies are electric two-wheelers for the Indian

The E2O’s factory in Bangalore, I toured last month, is a place to start in understanding makes the car different. First, it a manufacturing facility, but an assembly where pieces are added to the black steel ribcage. A is the right analogy; the E2O is not sheathed in a steel shell like cars.

Instead, the body is up of lightweight and scratch-resistant plastic

The car has met side- and front-impact crash mandated by the Indian government, Gopal, Mahindra Reva’s manager, said, and also with crash requirements in He added that the frame is to that found in the Audi A8 and other auto lines, the Saturn and Mercedes’ SMART, use body panels to absorb while saving weight.

“We make our cars very from any other car that is in the world today,” Mr. Gopal as we toured the 23,000-square-foot plant. He that using plastic — with color to eliminate — reduces both cost and

Even a kilogram can make a difference in how much power and the lithium-ion battery can deliver.

the tour, I got an unexpected chance to the wheel of the E2O. It’s the stubby REVAi, was utilitarian to the of ugly, and designers clearly to avoid the same mistake the E2O. Off-angle windows and fenders draw the eye away its boxy shape and short

The driver’s seat comfortably this correspondent’s 6-foot-2-inch The car started up silently, as electric do, and with a touch of the accelerator it rolled forward (with a whine, I noted, than the Volt.)

Compared to American I found the steering a bit harsh and the a little jouncy on the pothole-pocked The E2O has two modes — standard and boost — the of which provides better but drains the battery more With the pedal to the metal in mode on a straightaway of roughly 180 I achieved a speed of about 53 (33 miles) per hour — acceleration is, from an American perspective,

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The E2O, however, is not meant for the driver. It is intended as a commuter in India’s congested stop-and-go where one rarely gets a but can console oneself that the brakes are replenishing the battery. The top speed will be the maximum speed on most urban which is 80 kilometers an hour.

The range is about 100 kilometers (62 shorter than the U.S. of the Nissan Leaf (73 miles) but than the electric-only battery of the Volt (30 miles, but with a gas engine).

The E2O has features uncommon to cars in the Indian market: an transmission, which usually a price premium, and the kind of and connectivity that are usually in higher-end cars, with a app to control climate and automotive Mr. Gopal flashed the smartphone app his pocket, but I wasn’t able to get my on it.

Mr. Maini, the company’s founder, the car to me as “reasonably peppy,” and I found the apt. Not fast, but maneuverable and fun to

But it’s uncertain whether is enough to draw the Mahindra target customer, the well-educated and well-off urban families who a second ride. The company reveal the sticker price, Mr. Gopal didn’t dispute remarks by Mahindra’s chairman, Mahindra, that the E2O will be 10 to 20 more expensive than a gas-powered car.

Mr. Maini that the company is expecting the to provide a rebate of at least rupees ($2,790) to each So crucial is the subsidy that the rollout has already been put off months because of government

Some are skeptical that cars will be anything than a tiny niche. might say that Mahindra is it more for the P.R.,” said Zia a senior strategist at brand firm Wolff Olins who the Indian market. “The EVs now will be toys for the rich.”

Mr. Maini wouldn’t say how many he expects to sell, except to say about half of the Bangalore output will be sold in with the remainder in Europe and countries in Africa and Asia. in the first year are projected to be he added, while drivers get with the new technology.

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