India's new four-door Mahindra Reva e2o electric car to be exported


Indian automaker Mahindra is little known in the U.S., but it is one of the larger players in its home market.

Mahindra's Indian-market lineup is mostly made up of trucks and SUVs, but it also sells the tiny Reva e2o electric car.

It recently unveiled a new four-door hatchback version, called the e2o Plus, that will be sold alongside the existing two-door hatch.

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The e2o Plus may even be exported to other countries, reports Indian Autos Blog.

In India, the e2o Plus will be available in four trim levels—P2, P4, P6, and P8.

The P2, P4, and P6 variants use the same powertrain, with the P2 designated for commercial fleet sales.

Mahindra e2o Plus

Mahindra e2o Plus

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Those models are powered by a 19-kilowatt (25-horsepower) electric motor, which gets the e2o from 0 to 60 kph (0 to 37 mph) in 14.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 80 kph (49 mph).

The P8 variant has a 30-kW (40-hp) motor, allowing for 0 to 60 kph in 9.5 seconds, and a top speed of 95 kph (59 mph).

Mahindra quotes a range of 110 kilometers (68 miles) for the P2, P4, and P6 variants, and 140 km (86 mi) for the P8, which has a larger battery pack.

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The carmaker also estimates that a full recharged will take six hours for the P4 and P6 models.

Both the P2 and P8 are equipped with "fast charging" (presumably DC fast charging) systems, cutting recharge times to 1.25 hours and 1.5 hours, respectively.

Besides its additional doors, the e2o is visually distinguished from the two-door e2o by a new grille, new bumpers, and LED taillights.

Mahindra e2o Plus

Mahindra e2o Plus

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Technology features include a rearview camera, and available Blaupunkt-developed infotainment system, and a smartphone app that includes functions like remote climate control.

The e20 Plus likely wouldn't qualify as a highway-capable electric car in the U.S., although it could potentially be sold in China or Europe, where low-speed neighborhood electric vehicles are sold alongside regular cars.

In its home market, the e2o will benefit from purchase incentives recently enacted by the Indian government.

MORE: India's ambitious goal: all electric vehicles on roads by 2030

India lacks comprehensive and reliable electricity infrastructure, but the country is showing more interest in electric cars as it looks to meet its obligations for reducing carbon emissions under the Paris climate agreement.

In July, India's capital of New Delhi abruptly cancelled the registrations of diesel cars produced 10 or more years ago.

Prior to that, Power Minister Piyush Goyal announced plans to develop a strategy to make all cars on India's roads electric by 2030.

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