Mahindra has broken covers off its long-awaited eVerito sedan which is claimed to have a running cost of Rs. 1.15 per km considering electricity unit cost at Rs. 7 and the Lithium-ion batteries are said to be highly maintenance-free. The government’s recent incentive scheme on hybrid and electric cars has certainly benefitted Mahindra e-Verito sedan which was first showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo and then in the following two editions of the motor show instigating several potential launch dates before.
As the wait is over, it can be bought with immediate effect from India’s major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Nagpur. Described as ‘perfect city car for inter-city use’, it is aimed at providing an eco-system for electric mobility in India and to be on par with zero emission technologies offered globally.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance has conducted a survey recently which said in 2040 about 41 million electric vehicles will be running on roads worldwide, that is one in three cars sold will be zero emission models. Mahindra Electric can take pride in boasting themselves for having the head-start in the Indian market as the brand’s continuous involvement in Formula E has paid off largely.
For the fleet operators and customers in Delhi and other parts of the country with the diesel ban threatening to expand, the affordable Mahindra e-Verito sedan is a jewel in the crown and it has commenced a new segment that carries huge potential. Here’s everything you need to know about the full-electric compact sedan:
Mahindra eVerito India Launch
The first full-electric vehicle in the affordable Indian car space, the Mahindra e-Verito, has been launched for the domestic market today. It encompasses the brand’s push for ‘Future of Mobility’ with zero emission as the core target.
Mahindra eVerito Prices and Variants
The one of a kind Mahindra e-Verito will be offered in three variants namely D2, D4 and D6. The prices starts from Rs. 9.50 lakh (ex-showroom,Delhi) for the base D2 variant with the state subsidy and FAME incentive included.
Mahindra e-Verito Engine, Performance and Mileage
The new Mahindra e-Verito comes powered by a 72 V three-phase electric AC induction motor that develops 30.5 kW (39 bhp) of maximum power and 91 Nm of peak torque. The all-electric sedan is capable of a claimed top speed of 86 kmph. The all important question is the mileage and Mahindra doesn’t disappoint in this respect as the e-Vertio is rated to have a total range of 110 kilometres on a full charge.
For the base variants, it will take up to eight hours and 45 minutes for the electric sedan to get fully charged when plugged in 15 Amp port but the owners won’t have to wait that long if the D6 range-topping variant is chosen. The quick charge option will replenish the battery in just one hour and 45 minutes when plugged in at Mahindra Electric Fast Charging stations.
At the 2016 Auto Expo, it was featured with an automatic ‘box and as expected the direct drive single speed transmission will be offered in the production model. It is worth noting that the standard Verito doesn’t have an automatic variant.
Mahindra e-Verito Dimensions
The Mahindra e-Verito has the battery packaging managed within the compact dimensions of the standard Verito sedan. As a result the proportions have been similar to the regular model with 4,277 mm in length, 1,740 mm in width, 1,540 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,630 mm. The round clearance stands at 172 mm while the kerb weight is just near 1.2 tonne.
Mahindra e-Verito Exterior and Interior
With little difference in styling, the e-Verito is as compact as the regular five-seater sedan except for some additional badging and blue stickering to highlight the eco-friendly nature. The C stripe styled ‘Verito Electric’ sticker can be found on the sides while the ‘e Verito’ lettering is highlighted on the registration plates with the boot getting the prominent badge. The original IC-engined model began its life as a Dacia and was retailed in partnership with Renault initially wearing the Logan badge.
The sub-compact sedan gets tax exemption for being less than four metres long as well alongside coming under Indian government’s recent incentive scheme called FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) on hybrid and electric cars. Up front it has a softer and well balanced design which doesn’t make it boxy.
The no-frills economy car features neatly shaped headlamps, grille, front bumper, hood design and no non-sense fog lamps. It has a rather upright tail lamp cluster and neatly laid rear bumper. As the body and the chassis are carried over from the regular model, a large part of the Verito’s appeal is in its sheer interior volume and loads of legroom for the people who doesn’t need huge amount of boot space. Mahindra e-Verito also comes with low rolling resistance tyres for better economy and slightly updated interior with blue lighting for the mono instrument binnacle and white-themed colour scheme.
Mahindra e-Verito Features
Some of the highly advanced technologies such as the Telematics, Intelligent Energy Management System, hill hold (preventing backward rolling) and Revive have been incorporated in the Mahindra e-Verito. For monitoring vehicle’s performance and remote diagnostics, the Telematics will be of immense help as it looks after 190 parameters and customers will get intimated with distance covered, carbon dioxide and fuel saved, ECO points acquired, etc.
The ‘Revive’ claimed to be the world-first feature from Mahindra Electric, monitors the running of the vehicle and gets activated when it’s on low energy state. It’s basically a brake energy recovery system used in complex hybrid models to convert the energy developed while braking and store in the battery for covering additional distance. In the Mahindra e-Verito’s case, 8 more kilometres can be achieved.
The Intelligent Energy Management System ensures no intermittent stopping as it calculates SOC (Status Of Charge) and Distance to empty while providing information about battery voltage and interacts with the Telematics gateway. Can the full-electric Mahindra e-Verito prove to be revolutionary with the support from Indian government trying hastily to slap down emission? We will have to wait and see!