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The country's leading car manufacturer, Mahindra and Mahindra has launched the new four-door version of their all-electric 2-door e2o hatchback. Named as the e2oPlus, the car has more space, a faster charging capability and a bigger range than the standard e2o.
The car’s name - e2o plus is an amalgamation of e2o, which stands for energy to oxygen and Plus is for the positive contributions that the car will make in the lives of customers. Like the e2o, the new car's body is also made out of ABS panel. The panel's versatile character helps in moulding it to form a wide variety of products which has helped Mahindra in keeping both the weight of the car and manufacturing costs down.
The fascia has been updated with a new grille which is akin to the Scorpio's. The length of the car is increased by 310 mm to 3590 mm and the wheelbase is up by 300 mm at 2258mm. It comes loaded with features like a GPS enabled navigation system and an on-board computer that warns you about the car's driving range. The touch-screen monitor is easy to use and very responsive. The e2oPlus also gets an SOS feature called revive which is being carried over from the e2o that gives you an additional range of 7-10 km if your battery power dips below 10 per cent. This can be activated by a touch of a button or by using the e2oPlus app on your smartphone. The mobile app also hosts other features like switching on/off the car's air conditioning and even locking/unlocking the car.
The top spec P8 variant of the car has a 3 phase induction motor which is more powerful than the 2-door e2o. It has a peak power of 40 bhp and torque of 91 Nm. The battery has been upgraded. It has a 210ah lithium ion battery which claims a driving range of 140 kilometres and a top speed of 85Km/h. The other variants get a slightly less powerful battery claiming the same drive range of 110 km.A full charge for the e2oPlus takes about 9 hours same time as what 2-door e20 takes to power-up
The slightly softer suspension offers a decent ride but you do feel some of the bumps and potholes occasionally. The rear seat, also the cabin is spacious and offers decent legroom. The car comes standard with 14-inch wheels and power steering as well. The 4.35-metre turning radius is the best in the segment and the automatic gearbox is unchanged from the 2-door variant and gets a boost or sport mode.
This 4-door version is available in 3 variants and price ranges from 5.46 to 8.46 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi).
The e20plus does suffer from the same challenges that every electric car in India faces. There is still lack of infrastructure to support electric cars in India and barring states like Karnataka, Delhi, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, no other states have announced any kind of incentives for electric vehicles in India.