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What are the most popular electric cars in India?

A lot of popular automakers in the country have been giving attention to making electric cars. A plethora of EVs, as well as hybrid cars, are slated to be launched in the Indian market in the coming days. But at present, only Mahindra (M&M) has its presence in this electric vehicle segment and the e2o Plus and eVerito are the two ongoing electric cars in India.

In the following write-up, a few highlighting points on the two available vehicles are briefed. The points may help you get a clearer idea about the EVs.

Mahindra e2o Plus

The Mahindra e2o Plus is one of the best electric cars in India. The four-door compact all-electric hatch gets a 19 kW motor, which churns out the power from a 48-cell 11 kWh Li-ion battery. The manufacturer claims that it can provide a range of 110 kilometres. The top end variant comes with a 15 kWh Li-ion battery that is bigger than before and offers 30 kilometres more range than the smaller one.
The 11 kWh battery can be fully charged in just six hours, while the bigger battery variant will take one hour and 20 minutes more to reach 100 percent. Both of the battery use a 16A charger with 3 kW single-phase of the power source. There is also an optional 3-phase, 32A 10 kW for the top-end variant and it can be charged in just one and a half hour.

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The EV comes in three different variants – P4, P6, P8. The P8 variant has a touchscreen infotainment system that is powered by Android. It boasts on a top speed of 80 kmph can speed up from 0 to 60 kmph in 14.1 seconds.

Mahindra eVerito

The Mahindra eVerito is another EV from the famous carmaker. It is a four-door sedan and is available in four different variants, namely D4, D6, D2 and C2. It holds a 69-cell 13.91 kWh lithium-ion battery, along with a 31 kWh electric motor. However, the top-end variant comes with an 18.55 kWh lithium-ion battery. The smaller battery gives a driving range of 110 kilometres while the bigger battery claims to provide 140 kilometres range. The figures are the same as the e20 Plus.

The EV sedan can run at a top speed of 86 kmph and is capable of accelerating from 0-60 kmph in just 10.7 seconds.

The smaller battery takes just 8.5 hours to be charged, while the bigger version takes a bit more time (11 hours 30 minutes). However, with a separately sold fast charger, it will take just 1.5 hours on the bigger battery trim, while the smaller unit would take lesser time.

Verdict

The market for the EVs in India is not very large, especially as the 2030 electric vehicle mission by the Indian government looks distant. However, with more and more automakers focusing on the zero-emission cars, the future seems to be bright. As of now, some of the vehicles in the pipeline are Tata Nano Electric, Tata Tiago Electric, etc.

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