Our good friends at Motoroids have snapped the Reva NXR testing in New Delhi.
Clearly, Mahindra has not bothered to camouflage the vehicle because it was completely revealed to the masses at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo and prior to that at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Mr. Hormazd Sorabjee, the editor of Autocar India magazine, revealed earlier this month that the Reva NXR has been renamed to E2O (pronounced E-Two-Oh). The new name is to bring the Reva brand in-line with Mahindra’s naming scheme of ending cars with the letter ‘O'. Some media reports are suggesting that the Mahindra E2O will be launched next month.
The Mahindra E2O is the first vehicle from Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Private Limited (MREVPL) and a successor to the popular electric car G-Wiz.
Like the G-Wiz, the E2O will be a two-door hatchback that could accommodate two adults in the front and two kids at the back. It is powered by a 39.4bhp electric motor that uses a 48 volt lithium ion battery pack as a source of energy. The small electric motor can propel this EV to 105 km/hr top speed with a range of 160 km.
Motoroids reports that some new features will be added to the E2O such as a self texting which informs the driver the Time-to-full-charge, pre-heat or pre-cool the car, mail you a report on your driving habits or even unlock the door as you approach. It will also features a REVive technology which saves some part of the charge for emergencies.
The Mahindra E20 will be produced at the all-new 2,500 crore rupee electric vehicle production facility in Bengaluru. The facility can churn out 6,000 units annually.
Pricing is going to be a key aspect of the Mahindra’s E2O launch. EVs in India are perceived as expensive, cramped, impractical and lifestyle oriented products. Mahindra had plans to launch the stripped down version of the E2O with lead acid batteries to increase adoption but that plan has been scrapped now. Expect the price to be in the range of 5-6 lakh rupees.