Mahindra Reva E20 Review
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Mahindra Reva E20 Review by Expert
Where everyday fuel prices are reaching the figures of sky high and way out of capacity of a normal Indian citizen, Mahindra seeing the situation has brought relief to the faces with the e2o electric car. The hatch, Mahindra Reva E20, is a refreshed version of Mahindra Reva i, the first electric model of the company which is upgraded and revealed at the 2012 Auto Expo with the name of Reva NXR but then Mahindra continuing the trend of ending its models name with ‘O’ dubbed the hatch as Mahindra Reva E2O (e-2-oh) in the production version.
The hatch is spawned on body on unique high strength steel space frame chassis to provide strength to the structure of the hatch. Mahindra has lowered down the weight of the car around 50% with the introduction of plastic in comparison to the sheet metal which will help the hatch go further with one charge. The plastic panels introduced are scratch and dent resistant with the special ABS feature and the body color is not painted but impregnated which lowers down the chances of scratches, a pocket saving feature and a definite advantage considering the heavy traffic on Indian roads.
This two door hatchback comes with the seating capacity of four adults where the rear seats passengers can enter the cabin area through the front reclining seats which are flipped with a button. Mahindra Reva E20 comes with peppy exteriors that does not beat around the bush rather makes you want to look and will hold your eyes to linger on. With an overall length of 3280mm x 1514mm x 1560mm, the two-tone exteriors with the swept back, follow-me-home headlamps and hexagonal slated grille the hatch has a modish, appealing appearance. The fenders are arched to accommodate the 13” wheels. The rear end of the hatch is clean, edgy and neat with the rear lights incorporated in the top half of the hatch with the turn indicators featuring on the lower half and on the sides of the number plate. There is a lid beneath the rear glass over which Mahindra and E2O insignia is embossed in chrome detailing. Open that lid and you will see the charge port to power up the lithium batteries.
The interiors of Mahindra E2O are decent considering it’s a small hatch. The cabin area can accommodate four people, five definitely cannot be adjusted, with the reclining seats the means of entry and exit for the rear end passengers, it definitely gets a little problematic to enter and exit the vehicle as you just don’t have to slide in like in the usual hatches. The legroom and headroom space again are just recent and people above average Indian height and build will feel crumpled and won’t be able to smoothly enter and exit the hatch. The engine being an electric motor runs on 48-volt lithium-ion batteries which can charge through a normal power socket or solar energy. Once fully charged the Reva E20 can cover a range of 100kms with a top speed of 80kmph. The hatch has been made available in two version christened as Mahindra Reva E20 T0 and Mahindra Reva E20 T2, with T2 being the top end variant. Mahindra has rendered the hatch with the latest technology features with safety being on top, the hatch comes loaded with safety feature like side impact dual beams, engine immobilizer, ISOFIX Child and gearshifts & charge interlocks.
Mahindra Reva E20 Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
Mahindra Reva E20 is not just another electric car which proposes to be environment and pocket friendly. The hatch is an attempt towards the advancement with a futuristic approach in mobility. As the fuel prices are ever rising and the fossil fuel resources going on the down side what will be the future of the automobile market, Mahindra with this electric car has made an attempt towards that future. The Reva E2O runs on 48-V lithium-ion batteries which are easily rechargeable and produces power to run a range of 100kms on a 100% charge. The hatch brightens up in the heavy city traffic where the power consumption is extremely less as the engine goes to sleep as soon as you remove your foot from the accelerator and revives back as quickly as with pressure of your feet on it. The battery discharges just 2% a day and proves to be very good when it comes to Mahindra Reva E2O mileage on less charge.
Mahindra Reva E20 Models and Features
Mahindra Reva E20 is not only an eco-friendly vehicle but it saves you a lot of money if calculated on five years basis. The car model is eco-friendly with zero-emission that has been power-packed with the sophisticated Energy Management System offering perfect control and performance. It is available in two variants-TO and T2.
|Mahindra Reva E20 variants||Features|
|Mahindra Reva E20 TO||The base variant of the freshly introduced Mahindra Reva E20 is not that different from its high end sibling, with only a few features missing in this variant. The hatch features all the futuristic elements that make this a next generation car from the Indian manufacturer like the regenerative braking system, smartphone app, Pre-coloured Body Panels, Driving range using GPS navigation, Sun2car charging, electric socket charging, Intelligent iEMS System.|
|Mahindra Reva E20 T2||The high end variant of the hatch features all the bells and whistles of the base variant, has add on elements like the infotainment system containing the High End JBL music system with 4 Speakers & 2 tweeters , Bluetooth feature, iPod connectivity. Mahindra has also incorporated Reverse parking camera and assist with the top end variant to keep the hatch safe from collusion while parking.|
Mahindra Reva E20 Colors
Mahindra Reva E20 is available in six graceful colours like oceanic white, eco green, arctic silver, spanish red, coral Blue and sunfire yellow.
|Spanish Red||Oceanic White||Coral Blue||Sunfire Yellow||Eco Green||Arctic Silver|
Mahindra Reva E20 Engine, Power and Performance
Mahindra claims that Reva E20 is a very silent vehicle, obviously so as there is no engine just 48v lithium-ion batteries. So no engine means no disturbance in the cabin area and no noise and vibrations levels, therefore the company is calling the E2O as the ‘Silent Revolution’ which will blow the competition away. The time of petrol and diesel powered cars are now and the electric age has began with the launch of Reva i which is taken a few notches higher with the Reva E2O.
The hatch runs with the help of 48v lithium-ion batteries, these batteries are extremely economical when it comes to other fuel options and once fully charged will run a distance of 100 kms for you while producing an output of 19KW and 52.9Nm torque value. Mahindra has incorporated fully automatic gearbox as the E2O is an electric car.
The batteries are not cumbersome and will easily charge to 100% level in a matter of five hours through a normal power socket. Other than that batteries can also be charged with a Sun2Car program which can recharge lithium batteries 50-60 percent for free. The hatch is super intelligent and saves power as the engine goes to a hibernation mode as soon as you remove your feet from the acceleration pedestal and turns back sensing your foot pressure. The company can also revive if the battery dies in the middle of a journey and gives you 10km push so that you reach your destination or a safe place and with a 15 minute recharge, the Reva E20 is good to go another 25 kms.
Mahindra Reva E20 Pick Up and Acceleration
Mahindra Reva i was the Indian auto major’s first electric car in the Indian automobile market and definitely the auto major has grown since then in terms of refinement and technology. With the new Reva E2O that runs on 48v lithium-ion batteries that offers an output of 19KW/52.9Nm, Mahindra Reva E20 acceleration to reach the speed of 40kms per hour from a standstill position is now 7 seconds only. With the top speed of 80kms per hour, this fully automatic gearbox electric hatch can be charged within a matter of 5 hours to take you on a 100kms range journey.
Mahindra Reva E20 Interiors and Features
From a two door two seat Reva i with no boot space to speak of, Mahindra and Reva engineers have grown and burnt mid night oil to perfectionize the hatch. From there on the engineers took the wheelbase of two door hatch and extended it to accommodate the rear box with some amount of boot space. With the question arising of how would the rear seat passengers enter as its just two doors which are meant for the front seat passengers, Mahindra introduced reclining seats, that scoot over to let the rear seat passengers enter into the car and take their seat from the respective sides. Now since the rear passengers enter through reclining seats, a large build person won’t be able to get in and out of the hatch that easily plus getting out in a heavy traffic would mean chaotic for the rear passenger as along with him the front seat passengers have to get out to make room for the rear one to exit the car. The headroom and legroom space at the front seats is decent, but again at the rear it feels a bit crumpled and only an average height and build person can easily travel. The rear seats windows cannot be rolled down and even though boot space is increased it is still limited and does not live up to what is available with the diesel/petrol run competitors in the market.
Talking about the bells and whistles, the two tone leather seats are appealing and modish. The instrument cluster is one of the best things that Mahindra could introduce in an electric car. These fully automated Mahindra E2O interiors brighten up and bowl you over with the technological advancement and make you forget everything else in the world. Mahindra e2o features a 6.2” touch screen interface which is not available in any of the hatch available in the market in the Rs. 5 lakh range. Now this touch screen interface comes with GPS navigation system that would locate your destination, en route the way and will even mention the distance you are traveling to ensure your battery is charged enough to make that journey. With the GPS, one can also be all time informed about the nearest charging points that Mahindra has installed. There is a High End JBL music system with 4 Speakers & 2 tweeters installed that works well with the ipod, SD card, DVD or USB plus includes a radio feature. Plus there is Bluetooth support system that connects with the touch screen interface helps you not only play your favorite music but also helps you call, connect with your friends & family with just one touch.
You can even personalize the wallpaper just like your PC screen. The real work of this touch screen comes to life when the battery dies down even under your watchful eyes with the smart phone app installed it will let you connect to the Revive and this patented technology incorporated in Reva E20 activates the reserve energy and enables you to carry on your journey. The Indian auto major has also introduced Reva App store feature that lets you access the traffic updates so that you find easy ways to reach your destination without getting stuck and lets you even operate social media sites like Tweeter & Facebook. The speedometer, tachometer and tripmeter are now all available at one place, smartly placed behind the steering wheel. This instrument cluster is all digitized and shows the battery charge and the speed at which you are driving. In all Mahindra Reva E20 interiors are appealing yet needs a refinement with the seating!
Mahindra Reva E20 Exteriors and Features
Squeezed and stunning design of this little beauty easily grabs your attention. Mahindra Reva E20 has got dynamic space steel rib that feels robust and protects the passengers during collision. Whenever you have slow speed crash, its dent resistant ABS body absorbs energy and gets back in its original shape. Its bumper is body colored. The light-weight alloy wheels arrangement looks elegant and sustainable. If you are living in metropolitan city where parking is a big trouble, then this hatchback car is an absolute good choice to go for. Its compact size enables you to park it even in the limited space. You can choose from the available six colors: sunfire yellow, spanish red, coral blue, eco green, arctic silver and oceanic white. Mahindra Reva E20 is easy to handle car with perfect designing concept.
Safety and Features in Mahindra Reva E20
This wonder car has got reverse parking camera and assist sensors for error-free parking. These sensors are perfect for backing up, garage parking, street parking, peaking in tight spot and parallel parking. The foglamp offers fine visualisation. The Mahindra Reva E20 safety features also include dual side impact beams, ISOFIX child seat mounts with ALR rear seat belts, hill hold, immobilizer with multi code traction, follow me home headlamps etc.
Mahindra Reva E20 Driving and Handling
The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) approves that steel frames provide greater protection from sudden collision & accidents. Its powerful and responsive front disc and rear drum brake pledge you a safer drive. The four times stronger projector headlamps are also integrated. At night, it offers better vision than the standard halogen lamps. Whenever you slow down, its unique ReGen braking system recharges the battery. Mahindra Reva E20’s easy handling & driving experience will surely impress you.
The future generation car in India also features hill hold system that is generally not offered in this price bracket. Apart from that fully automatic transmission system make your car handling butter smooth. Mahindra E20 is the remarkable job that performs efficiently in wide range of temperature including -9 degree Celsius of Norway & + 45degree Celsius of Delhi. It might little disappoint in monsoon season.
Mahindra Reva E20 Accessories
The Mahindra Reva E20 comes occupied with good number of car tuning accessories like electronic infotainment, upholsters, tachometer, odometer, speedometer and durable squads. The Reva E20 accessories not only add extra glamour to the car’s unique elegance rather enhances its functionality as well in various concerns.
You will find plenty of innovative solution with this small car like Normal & Fast charge options, optional solar roof panel, ReGen braking system, brilliant Energy Management System and more.
Mahindra Reva E20 Conclusion
The Mahindra Reva E20 is a step ahead to make some difference in our day-to-day life. When global warming and constantly increasing petrol & diesel price have become serious issues to consider, then the compact electric Mahindra E20 would be a good option to choose. It looks resembles to a golf cart but it is enough spacious from inside. The resourceful Reva Energy Management System controls the battery charging and provides more range, power and performance to the car. The advantages & convenience offered for the Mahindra Reva E20 price are superior to any other deal.
With the diminishing renewable resources and rising petrol & diesel prices, Mahindra E20 proves to be an economical deal. This wonder car will bring you exceptional noiseless, stress-free, safe, healthy and smooth driving experience without making any extra fire hole to your pocket.
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