Mahindra E20


3.5/5 6 reviews

Mahindra E20 Variants

Electric Variants

Mahindra E20 T0
cc Electric, 0 kmpl |
Rs. 7,69,295
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Mahindra E20 T2
cc Electric, 0 kmpl |
Rs. 8,05,987
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Mahindra E20 Review

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Editorial Test Drive Review of Mahindra E20

The eagerly awaited Mahindra e2o is finally here so let us dig deep into this new EV. It is produced at Mahindra Reva’s recently inaugurated plant in Bengaluru. This is India’s first "platinum certified automobile plant" and has a rated capacity of 30,000 cars per annum. Started under the project code name NXR, the name was changed to e2o. The Mahindra e2o has been named keeping in mind the overall Mahindra Reva philosophy of “inspired by orange to go green” for sustainable living. The ‘e’ in Mahindra e2o stands for the energy of the Sun which is abundant and clean. The ‘2’ pronounced as ‘to’ signifies the connected technologies in the car, while ‘o’, represents ‘Oxygen’, the life force that sustains all of our existence on Planet Earth. However things are not that rosy as in the earlier Reva there were issues regarding its range and performance as both were limited and sadly both remain in the e2o. The e2o according to Mahindra has a better range and the ability to do higher speeds with passengers but in reality the 81 kmph top speed will mean when packed with four passengers you will be overtaken by a CNG bus on the highway and that is not exactly a great feeling for sure! The problem is that the 25.3 bhp (19 kw) output and 53 Nm torque is just too tiny and cannot give any kind of performance and not to mention getting blown away by every other small car within the similar price point.

Then there is the big issue of range something that affects every electric car. Mahindra says that range on a full charge is about 100 km with the 48 V Lithium ion battery but in reality that figure will most likely be a lot less. Thus other than going to your local shop for buying milk, you can very well forget going anywhere unless you can beg borrow or steal someones electric supply. Though a 15 minute charging will give you a 25 km range  and a dead battery can run a further 10 km, it still not feasible to go anywhere without suffering the anxiety. Things like using the music system or even going fast (?) will reduce the range so it goes withour saying that you will have to drive it like a monk. 

Plus it lacks any kind of pesence though it is a damn sight better than the earlier Reva. The styling has been done by Dilip Chabbria but even he has not quite managed to add sparkle to the design. The front is decent but the odd squared up side view and 80's rear styling does nothing for the eye. The tiny dimensions also mean that it lacks presence of any kind. The plastic body and the large panel gaps further are not excactly great news either.The interior though more spacious and having features like an audio system and GPS is bland and cannot be compared to cars at the similar price point.. Lack of two more doors means that practicality is hampered quite a lot. Getting into the rear is a pain and the fact that the rear windows do not wind down would just add to the claustrophobic feeling.

The e2o will only work as a four-seater but all the four poeple in the car will have to be svelte. Headroom is tight but a lot better than the earlier Reva. The e2o has some unique features like regenrative braking and smart phone lock (there is an app where you can operate things like the aircon from your smart phone) but some small questions regarding the reliablity remain. The e2o is priced at Rs 5.96 lakhs (on-road) Delhi and is simply overpriced plus considering the limtations it is just not practical enough. So just like its predecessor this one will remain a rare sight on the roads.

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Mahindra E20 Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Improved over earlier Reva
  • Great for environment
  • Low running cost

Cons

  • Cramped
  • Odd looks
  • Expensive

Mahindra E20 Exteriors

 The Mahindra e2o has been named keeping in mind the overall Mahindra Reva philosophy of “inspired by orange to go green” for sustainable living. The ‘e’ in Mahindra e2o stands for the energy of the Sun which is abundant and clean. The ‘2’ pronounced as ‘to’ signifies the connected technologies in the car, while ‘o’, represents ‘Oxygen’, the life force that sustains all of our existence on Planet Earth. It is certianly no winner of a beauty contest plus it lacks any kind of pesence though it is a damn sight better than the earlier Reva. The styling has been done by Dilip Chabbria but even he has not quite managed to add sparkle to the design. The front is decent but the odd side view and 80's rear styling does nothing for the eye. The tiny dimensions also mean that it lacks presence of any kind. The e2o measures 3.2 m in length, 1.51 m in width and 1.56 m in height. The plastic body and large panel gaps are not exactly impressive also. The e2o is available in six colours.


What we like

 Looks much better than the earlier Reva 


What we don't like

 Design might not be to all tastes, boxy, flimsy build, large panel gaps



Mahindra E20 Front design

The styling has been done by Dilip Chabbria but even he has not quite managed to add sparkle to the design. The front is decent

Mahindra E20 Rear design

The rear styling is a bit odd looking

Mahindra E20 Side profile

The side view shows its small length.

Mahindra E20 Ground Clearance

Mahindra e2o has ground clearance of 180 mm

Mahindra E20 Bumpers

Mahindra e2o has low front bumpers with projector headlamp

Mahindra E20 Head lamps

Mahindra e2o has projector headlamp

Mahindra E20 Tail lamps

Mahindra e2o has LED Tail-lamps

Mahindra E20 Fog lamps

Mahindra e2o has fog lamps

Mahindra E20 Tyres

Mahindra e2o has 155 / 70 R 13, Tubeless Low Resistance tyres

Mahindra E20 Alloy wheels

Mahindra e2o has alloys but are not standard

Mahindra E20 Outside mirrors

Mahindra e2o has outside mirrors

Mahindra E20 Colors

The e2o is available in six colours.

Mahindra E20 Rear wiper

Mahindra e2o does not have rear wiper

Mahindra E20 Roof rails

Mahindra e2o does not have roof rails

Mahindra E20 Sun roof

Mahindra e2o does not have sunroof

Mahindra E20 Spoiler

Mahindra e2o does not have spoiler

Mahindra E20 Side Steps

Mahindra e2o does not have side step

Mahindra E20 Spare wheel

Mahindra e2o has spare wheel

Mahindra E20 Comfort & Suspension

The e2o has gas filled Mcpherson struts at the front and gas filled shock absorbers with coil springs at the rear.

 


What we like

 The ride is improved than the earlier Reva


What we don't like

 Still is fidgety and wriggles around


Mahindra E20 Comfort

The ride is improved than the earlier Reva

Mahindra E20 Front suspension

The e2o has gas filled Mcpherson struts at the front

Mahindra E20 Rear suspension

The e2o has gas filled shock absorbers with coil springs at the rear

Mahindra E20 Engine & Performance

 The new Mahindra e2o has a 25.3 bhp three phase inducion motor  and 53 Nm of torque. It has 48v Lithium ion batteries under the front seats and has a top speed of  81 kmph. For performance you have to press 'B' for boost which gives most power but even then it is way too slow. However things are not that rosy as in the earlier Reva there were issues regarding its range and performance as both were limited and sadly both remain in the e2o. The e2o according to Mahindra has a better range and the ability to do higher speeds with passengers but in reality the 81 kmph top speed will mean when packed with four passengers you will be overtaken by a CNG bus on the highway and that is not exactly a great feeling for sure! The problem is that the 25.3 bhp is output just too tiny and cannot give any kind of performance and not to mention getting blown away by every other small car within the similar price point. The e2o has an automatic transmission.


What we like

 It is more powerful and has a better top speed than the earlier Reva.


What we don't like

 Still not as powerful or as fast as other cars priced in the same range


Mahindra E20 Acceleration

The e2o has dissapointing acceleration

Mahindra E20 Top speed

The e2o has top speed of 80 km

Mahindra E20 In-gear acceleration

the e2o has an auto gearbox and in-gear response is slow

Mahindra E20 Gearbox

e2o has automatic gearbox

Mahindra E20 Power

The e2o has 48-volt, 19kW electric motor

Mahindra E20 Torque

The e2o has 53 Nm of torque

Mahindra E20 NVH levels

The NVH is near zero

Mahindra E20 Handling Braking & Safety

 The handling is quite impoved over the earlier Reva and small dimensions but the steering is too heavy (no power steering) and the small tyres give it no handling scope at all. The e2o has a feature which is the smart phone lock. The e2o also features regenarative braking.


What we like

Has safety features like smart phone lock


What we don't like

 Not as good as other small cars at this price point


Mahindra E20 Handling

The handling is quite impoved over the earlier Reva

Mahindra E20 Braking performance

braking performance is decent

Mahindra E20 Safety features

The Mahindra e2o has large front crumple zones and dual Side Impact Beams

Mahindra E20 Traction control

e2o does not have traction control

Mahindra E20 Mileage and Running Costs

Then there is the big issue of range something that affects every electric car. Mahindra says that range on a full charge is about 100 km but in reality that figure will most likely be a lot less. Thus other than going to your local shop for buying milk, you can very well forget going anywhere unless you can beg borrow or steal someones electric supply. Things like using the music system or even going fast (?) will reduce the range so it goes withour saying that you will have to drive it like a monk. Though  a dead battery will give another 10 km it is only feasible for short journeys.

Mahindra E20 Mileage

Mahindra E20 Electric Variants
Mahindra E20 T0 N/A
Mahindra E20 T2 N/A

Mahindra E20 Electric Mileage


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Mahindra E20 City fuel economy

e2o has a 100 km range

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Mahindra E20 Features

Mahindra E20 T0 T2
Safety
ABS No No
EBD No No
Airbags No No
Child safety lock Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes
Traction control No No
Hill control Yes Yes
Hill descent No No
4WD No No
ESP No No
Central locking Yes Yes
Interior
Power Steering No No
Tilt Steering No No
Power windows Yes Yes
Auto down for power windows No No
Anti-pinch for power windows No No
Cup holders No No
Air-con No No
Rear A/c vents No No
Audio system No Yes
Keyless start-stop button Yes Yes
Electric mirrors No No
Electric foldable mirrors No No
Deffoger Yes Yes
Tachometer No No
Leather seats No No
Arm rest No No
Reversing camera No Yes
Steering controls No No
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes
Driver info display Yes Yes
Cruise control No No
Foot rest No No
Remote boot release Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjust No No
Chilled glovebox No No
Power Seats No No
Exterior
Keyless entry Yes Yes
Fog lights No No
Sunroof No No
Moon Roof No No
Rear wiper No No
Auto headlamps No No
Rain sensing wipers No No
Steel rims No No
Alloy wheels No No
Rear spoiler No No
Roof rails No No
Chrome grille No No
Projector lamps Yes Yes
Day time running lamps No No

Mahindra E20 Colors

  •  Spanish Red
  •  Arctic Silver
  •  Eco Green
  •  Sunfire Yellow
  •  Coral Blue
  •  Oceanic White

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Mahindra E20 Electric Price
Mahindra E20 T0 Rs 7.69 Lakh On-Road Price
Mahindra E20 T2 Rs 8.06 Lakh On-Road Price

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PlugInIndia | Posted on Dec,30,2013 at 10:59 AM
E2O is the best subcompact in the world httpwww.pluginindia.com1post201309e2o-vs-swift-alto-wagonr-i10-santro-nano.html Reply to this post  
Alex Thomas | Posted on Apr,08,2013 at 10:05 AM
I dont see any top executives of India Inc driving electric vehicles. Neither do the Mahindras or Goenkas. Walking the
talk helps sell concepts, where a change in lifestyle is expected. Had they adopted it, maybe this concept would sell,
instead of being Reply to this post  
sravan | Posted on Mar,29,2013 at 12:55 PM
ITS my dream car Reply to this post  
Prabhakar | Posted on Apr,03,2013 at 22:01 PM
dream worth
S.K.JAIN | Posted on Mar,28,2013 at 22:51 PM
Why the engineers don't this for the solution of recharge , while car is on running condition, like dynamo or over head
solar system Reply to this post  
ResponsibleIndian | Posted on Mar,30,2013 at 14:10 PM
The overhead Solar panels will push the cost too high. Its a pity that the Govt is not subsidizing green start ups.
Mani K. Nair | Posted on Mar,28,2013 at 15:00 PM
Why Mahindra is doing such mistake It could have built better at this price... It is not all the design make the
difference. It should have the rear entry doors at least.. Reply to this post  
Rao | Posted on Mar,27,2013 at 19:57 PM
can elderly people can run it safely. does it has gears, clutches etc. Reply to this post  
Suri. | Posted on Mar,27,2013 at 17:35 PM
The charge, recharge anxiety, battery life and replacement cost, the range of 100km can be discounted by 50%, they will
always blame it on road conditions and driving style. Apt vehicle to a 40 km range up and down office goers. At 6 lacs
it is a joke. Reply to this post  
dinesh sateeja | Posted on Mar,26,2013 at 19:14 PM
pl send me all details etc like charging time pl send me all details like full batt chrging time etc Reply to this post  
AK JAUHARI | Posted on Mar,26,2013 at 13:14 PM
i think, that to give a realistic picture, cost of battery replacement, which is very substantial, should be factored in
with per km running cost. Also, the distance covered on a fully charged battery will progressively decrease as the
battery ages. Reply to this post  
Rajiv Chaturvedi | Posted on Mar,26,2013 at 11:13 AM
The Mahindra E2o Electric car runs on electricity stored in the Lithium Ion Battery . If the company fits a solar
charging panel either on the front glass or on the roof then the car can continously be charged during run also . Reply to this post  
AK JAUHARI | Posted on Mar,26,2013 at 13:16 PM
i think solar panels are expensive & it will require a large surface area to be able to contribute a small charge to the battery.
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