Mahindra e2o FAQs

Chetan Maini, Founder and Chief of Strategy and Technology, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, answers some of the most pertinent questions and concerns about the Mahindra e2o electric car based on reader feedback on ZigWheels


Chetan Maini with the Mahindra e2o



What’s the daily running cost of the e2o vis-à-vis regular petrol and diesel hatchbacks? 

Chetan Maini: It is definitely more cost effective than a petrol or a diesel car as the cost of energy is about Rs 50 for a 100 km drive.



I drive around 60km daily to and fro from office. Will it be cheaper to run overall compared to a Hyundai i10 petrol or Ford Figo diesel with AC on in full blast? 

Undoubted if you drive 60 kms daily, it would mean 1800 kms in a month. This would translate into energy cost of about Rs 900 which is substantially more cost effective than the i10 petrol or figo diesel. 

Then to top it off you have the convenience of an automatic transmission in e2o.


Will the e2o drive all the way till 100km per charge? Will I be stranded if it runs out of juice midway? 

No! The e2o has a range of 100km and then you have the facility of "REVive" by which you can get an emergency boost charge for you to drive another 8 kms.



What about the battery life and how many units it cost to run 100km? That will give us idea of per km cost. 

The warranty on the battery is 3 years or 60,000 kms and it consumes 10 units of electricity for a full charge.



I have heard it takes around Rs 1.5 lakh to replace the battery after 3 years or 60,000km. Any chance of battery cost reducing over the years as technology improves? 

Over the last few years the Li-Ion battery costs have been coming down by about 8 per cent every year and at the same time the batteries are becoming more efficient.

The chances are that the battery costs would come down substantially as we go forward.



by Team ZigWheels Photography: Kunal Khadse Posted on March 26, 2013 17:21 IST Views: 29954

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