It seems to be the season of cleanliness. From the pavilions of the Paris Motor Show to the corridors of Delhi’s courts, everyone is thinking about just one thing – a cleaner environment. From a purely Indian perspective we’ve always had the old Reva (since 2001 to be precise), an electric car developed by Bengaluru based Maini Group in collaboration with US based Amerigon Electric Vehicle Technologies (AEVT). The company was subsequently acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra in 2010, and in three short years the e2o was launched in 2013.
Cut to the present, and we are are poised for the launch of another new e2o. Christened e2o Plus City Smart this new all electric city car is a four-door (and therefore more practical) version of the e2o but also with a host of updates.
The e2o Plus basically carries over the same space frame body structure and the tall and boxy styling. On the outside, the most distinctive, and visible, change to the e2o is the addition of rear doors (that’s what the ‘Plus’ in the name signifies). Although much smaller, Mahindra has used door handles similar to those on the KUV 100.
Also, the e2o Plus City Smart’s visage is different from the regular e2o since the former now gets Mahindra’s signature front grille and projector headlamps. At the tail end of things there are a set of newly designed LED lamps and an integrated spoiler. Mahindra has also kitted out the e2o Plus City Smart with 14-inch alloys, the regular e2o gets 13-inchers. This also accounts for the slight improvement in ride quality of the new car over the regular version, but we’ll get to that bit in just a minute.
On the inside things are not much different either, when compared to the old car. The seats sport an electric graphic design and the 6.2-inch touch screen Blaupunkt infotainment system features an android interface, which basically means the system functions just like any normal android tablet.
The company has also launched a REMOTE android app. The app is meant to take connectivity between the user and the vehicle to the next level and allows the to remotely lock/unlock the car, turn the AC on/off and also view the battery’s charge status and range.