Let’s get one thing straight from the start: the Mahindra e2o EV was never designed to take on the Tesla Model S.
Once we get this out of the way, we can start looking at this Indian-made micro EV for what it really is. And the more we look into it, the more we think it’ll make sense to potential buyers when launched in London over the coming weeks.
Most famous for its Formula E team, Mahindra has been successfully trialling this small four-seater in its native India for several months now. So successfully, in fact, that it’s now got its sights set on the capital of England as its next market.
On paper, the numbers are promising. The two-door hatch’s 48V battery can provide up to 120 miles from a full charge (which admittedly does take around five hours), and hit speeds of up to 50mph. No wonder London seems like a good target market, then!
What’s more, we’re not talking the eye-watering sort of figures to buy this car that we’re used to from the aforementioned Teslas; at just £13,000, things could be a lot worse. Compare this to the Renault Zoe, which is a grand more before you start looking into the compulsory hire of a battery, and we think it’s pretty fairly priced.
If you rarely do long journeys and have a rather hellish commute to work, this could be a great solution. Just don’t look at the car from the outside for too long…