Mahindra e2o: The Green Spree
Now, though, Mahindra has come up with an all-new electric car, built at a facility that appears to be as green as the product, if not greener. In fact, Mahindra Reva’s plant is the only car-making plant in the country to be Platinum-rated by the Indian Green Building Council. So it does not use enormous amounts of electricity or release toxins through its chimneys.
The futuristic looking facility uses smart materials and technology to reduce its electricity consumption. The dynamometer used at the end of the assembly line puts a major part of the energy that it uses back into the grid. In an attempt to bring emission levels down, Mahindra also got rid of the paint shop. So does that mean you can have it in any colour as long as it’s, er, black? Thankfully, no. The plant uses a colour-impregnated plastic that cuts out the need for toxic spray-paint fumes.
And the car that it rolls out? Well, if you’re one of those who gives two hoots about the environment and prefers burning that litre of petrol in massive engines to bring out action, drama and speed, this one is not for you. For the rest of you who’re still reading this, Mahindra Reva’s latest offering is a built-from-scratch zero-emission car, the e2o. That’s E-two-oh. It does away with an engine and is powered by a DC motor that is good for 24bhp and 55Nm of torque. Juice for the motor comes from a lithium-ion battery that sits right under the front seats.