When was the last time you imagined your future?
“Wires, Wires like a rope, dangling on the edges of the earthy slope, not so fresh, not so bold, our future is not yet told”
Definitely, a time machine is not yet a reality. But just as a poet imagines the world in his head and makes the reality happen, motor companies have imagined the future of mobility on the planet. A single electric motor connected to a battery and clocking 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 1.9 seconds is the reality Tesla launched with the ‘Roadster’. Re-imagining the future of transportation is fueled by the need for cleaner energy alternatives. The overall exploitation of natural resources has resulted in mass scale depletion of non-renewable sources of energy. The impact of this on the planet is already quite evident with the worsening of air quality indexes in various cities around the globe. India, being the face of development and change around the world is starting to step its foot as the trendsetter of the millennium. From experimenting with new ways to tackle the rising population in finding alternatives to save the worsening weather conditions, India has been on a spree to take big projects. The same scenario is evident in the automobile industry of India. There are a few electric cars in India on sale from the house of Mahindra. Many other carmakers are also looking at India as the hub for electric vehicle revolution around the world.
Here are some electric cars in India:
Electric cars in India – Mahindra e2o Plus
The e2o Plus is the latest gadget in the technology-driven Indian car market. This gearless, noiseless, and emission-less offering from Mahindra is the electric alternative to many car related worries in the city. Sustainability and convenience being the pillars of change, the e2o Plus is the torch-bearer of global change and innovation.
The exterior stance of the Mahindra e2o Plus sparks the minimalist in you. From sleek front fascia to quirky overall appearance, the e2o stands tall among others on the road. The features on the exteriors of e2o include LED headlamps, chrome grille, and electronically adjusted ORVMs. The car also come fitted with one regular charging port and one quick charging port.
Minimalism is the new design trend taking shape in the present scenario. Mahindra has followed the same design language with fabric upholstery, fabric door trim inserts, and remote ChargePoint lid opener. The dashboard on the e2o includes infotainment system and SD card navigation system. Driver information system and ISOFIX mounts are also included in this package.
Mahindra e2o Plus Variants:
- P2 – Rs. 8.81 Lakhs
- P4 – Rs. 9.57 Lakhs
- P6 – Rs. 12.39 Lakhs
Mahindra e2o Plus colour options:
- Arctic Silver
- Coral Blue
- Solid White
- Wine Red
Electric cars in India – Mahindra e-Verito
The e-Verito is an all-electric vehicle from brand Mahindra in India. Built on a sedan body, the e-Verito is one of the only two electric cars in India. Targeting the demand for executive sedans in the country, e-Verito initiated the journey of EVs in India.
The e-Verito is designed as the only electricity powered sedan in India. On the front, the e-Verito is stylised with a chrome grille, body coloured bumpers, ORVMs and body coloured door handles.
Inside the cabin, the e-Verito comes studded with premium dual-tone black and grey interiors, jacquard upholstery, cubic printed centre bezel and gear shifter bezel. The E-verito is designed by Mahindra to be a future-ready vehicle. Various technology features on this electric offering from Mahindra include fast charging, regenerative braking, remote diagnostics and 2-din audio system.
The Mahindra e-Verito is powered by an electric 72V 3-Phase AC Induction Motor. The motor generates a maximum power of 41 PS at 3500 rpm. The maximum torque output of 91 Nm at 3000 rpm. The transmission system has direct drive single-speed transmission, which enables direct speed varies according to acceleration inputs.
In terms of efficiency, Mahindra e-Verito can clock 110 km in a complete charge. The charging takes a total of 8 hours and 45 mins to complete from 0 to 100 percent. When charging through the fast charging mode, it will take 1 hour and 45 minutes for charging from 0 to 80 percent. The electric Induction motor on the e-Verito is designed to deliver quick power output against acceleration. The single-speed transmission provides the engine torque to the front wheels. The smooth electric hydraulic power steering and no need for changing gears make driving e-Verito easy and convenient.
Mahindra e-Verito variants:
- D2 – Rs. 9.5 Lakhs
- D4 – Rs. 9.75 Lakhs
- D6 – Rs. 10 Lakhs
Mahindra e-Verito colour options:
- Desat Silver
- Diamond White
Challenges faced by electric vehicles in India
Infrastructural and market-specific challenges
Any change requires the mass acceptance of the trend to prosper. The market for electric vehicles around the world has seen steady growth in recent times. But due to many infrastructural loopholes, electric cars in India have seen a slow acceptance rate. These infrastructural flaws include:
- Lack of charging stations in the country
- Electric vehicles are priced equal to any other car powered by non-renewable fuel which makes it difficult for the consumer to choose electric over petrol or diesel
- Design statement of EVs play a significant role in their sale figures
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