The Mahindra e2o has been available in the market since a few years
now but the company hasn’t been able to move out the electric vehicle
from showroom floors. In a bid to generate more interest in its
electric vehicle, Mahindra has now revamped the e2o and christened it
the e2oPlus. The e2oPlus comes with some cosmetic changes and
equipment upgrades over the older model, but the most significant
addition are the 2 doors at the rear which make the EV more practical.
: Electric cars haven’t gained popularity in the Indian market and
there is still a lot of time before them to gain acceptance here. In
fact, besides the e2oPlus there are no other electric cars that are
priced in affordable brackets and most other electric cars are
positioned in premium segments.
The new Mahindra e2OPlus gets certain upgrades in terms of design. The
four door version of the car looks more well-proportioned than the
regular e2O. The stylish front grille now gets Mahindra’s signature
seven-vertical slats, like its other vehicles. It has a similar
headlamp design of the 2-door version.
The Mahindra e2OPlus is overall quite a good looking hatchback. The
exteriors look premium and the car is well designed too. More
importantly it is proportionate, like a proper hatchback. The 2-door
version looked a bit out of place. The two extra doors at the rear
make all the difference. The Mahindra e2OPlus is longer by 310mm to
the E2O. The width is also increased by 61mm and height by 25mm. The
front end is similar to the E2O-2 door , however it is the side and
rear that are completely different. The car gets attractive and sporty
looking 13-inch alloy wheels as well. This pleasant looking car is
contemporary too. It gets projector headlamps, LED taillamps which are
vertically mounted and also a rear spoiler.
The ground clearance of the Mahindra e2OPlus is good. From the rear,
it looks a lot different from the 2-door E2O. The LED lamps help
reduce the costing and consume less power too
The biggest changes, however, are on the inside. The two-door e2o was
surprisingly spacious in the back, but that was mainly because you
expected it to be super-cramped. The e2o Plus, on the other hand, is
properly spacious for its size. You have more than enough legroom in
the front and back, and a good amount of headroom too. While three
adults would find the rear a squeeze, two will find it adequately
roomy. The seats too, are quite comfortable and offer good support.
Boot space, at 135 litres, is not ample, but it is enough for two
The dashboard is the same as that of the two-door e2o, featuring an
Android-based touchscreen infotainment system manufactured by
Blaupunkt in the centre console, rotary knobs for the air con and a
digital instrument cluster that displays vehicle speed, shift status,
driving efficiency, charge percentage and the distance to empty. The
e2o Plus also gets all-round power windows, electronically adjustable
exterior mirrors and keyless go. Material quality, though, is a sore
point. All materials in the cabin, ranging from the plastics and
fabric to the switchgear feel a bit cheap.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
What you can expect though, is adequate performance to keep you
entertained. Electric cars may have been born out of the need to make
travel ‘greener’, but that doesn’t mean boring. Why? Unlike petrol or
diesel cars, you don’t have to work your way through multiple gears to
access the motor’s potential.
All the performance is delivered in seconds. No gears = almost no
transmission loss, and since the e2oPlus weighs less than 1 ton, it’s
nice and zippy to drive. The top-end variant’s electric motor makes
30kW (around 41PS) of power and 91Nm of torque. That doesn’t sound
like much, but as mentioned before there’s no working through gears or
even waiting for a turbocharger to kick in to use what it has to
offer. As a result, city driving is a breeze and with its compact
size, it’s like a toy filtering through traffic. It’s quick off the
line too, with a claimed 0-60kmph time of 9.5 seconds and the top
speed is limited to 85kmph.
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.
The setup is tuned to offer good grunt at low to medium speeds, though
understandably performance tapers off a bit as you build speeds, and
top speed in fact is limited to 85kmph. After all, the car is meant to
tackle bumper to bumper city traffic rather than quick highway jaunts.
In terms of performance the e2oPlus clearly doesn’t feel lacking then,
and you don’t really miss the engine as we know it. Where the e2o
leaves you slightly wanting though is the handling part. It isn’t
engineered to be driven like a hot hatch, and the steering wheel isn’t
the best in the business to hold. It doesn’t offer much feedback
either though it does feel rather direct and the e2oPlus is quick to
change direction. The car feels slightly heavy around corners despite
weighing less than a tonne, but the motor does a good job of offering
ample drive exiting corners. Ride quality feels perfectly fine on
smooth roads despite the stiffly sprung suspension but there are a few
thuds when you get to rough sections or hit potholes. The e2oPlus
could also do with sharper brakes, since the current setup doesn’t
offer enough bite and you need to press the pedal harder to get the
kind of retardation you want.
The biggest hurdle for the e2o Plus or any electric car for that
matter, is our charging infrastructure. The ultimate future foreseen
when this car was getting conceived is just isn’t here. As a matter of
fact, it’s nowhere in sight – there is no network of public charging
stations at all. Also, the idea of charging EVs overnight is a far
more difficult task than you would imagine given that a sizeable chunk
of urban dwellers have only got on-street parking. The e2o Plus, then,
may be the most ‘complete’ electric vehicle you can buy in India right
now, however, it cannot be your only vehicle, at least not until we
have a feasible charging infrastructure in place.
Mahindra e2oPlus Ex Showroom Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 7,57,425/- (e2oPlus P4) to 11,27,374/- (e2oPlus P8) .Mahindra e2oPlus has 3 Variants of Electric are available in India. Mahindra e2oPlus comes in 8 colours, namely Coral Blue,Spanish Red,Oceanic White,Eco Green,Arctic Silver,Sunfire Yellow,Wine Red,Solid White.