Mahindra launches the eVerito
We have witnessed the market launch of another new Mahindra, and before the National Green Tribunal flares its nostrils and wags its finger furiously, hear us out\: this one runs on electricity.
Yes, it is a car we first saw well over four years ago at the 2012 Auto Expo. The eVerito has been a long time coming, and it feels like it probably would have taken longer had this whole diesel ban thing not surfaced. Why? Well, because despite being based on a car that already has ABS and airbags, this doesn't get either. And on being quizzed about this surprising omission, M\&M Automotive president Pravin Shah replied, 'This car doesn't have much speed. But we are working on a version that will have these safety features'. Okay, then.
The eVerito's AC electric motor puts out 41 horses and 91 torques, so it can attain a top whack of 86kph. Doesn't have much speed, clearly. But that's okay. Its 110-kilometre range effectively limits it to the city, which is where it will work best. This is a car, says Mahindra Electric CEO Arvind Mathew, that will appeal to the kind of person who loved the idea of an electric car, but found the e2o lacking in space.
Space is what you'll find plenty of inside the Verito, for it is essentially the same car that's been around for a decade. With the exception of a new instrument cluster and the rather rudimentary-looking auto 'box gear lever, the rest of it is the Verito as we know it.
Outside, it has some stickers, a lid above the front left fender that houses the fast charging port, and one next to the right rear door, which facilitates standard wall charging. Speaking of which, you better find a fast charging point if you want to buy an eVerito, for through a normal wall socket, it'll take eight hours and 45 minutes to charge it up from 0 to 100, as compared to an hour and 45 minutes to charge it up to 80 per cent using a fast charger.
It has also got an on board telematics system that diagnoses issues and keeps track of other important data and Revive, which lets you have 8km of charge when you run out of juice. It's like reserve fuel for an EV. There's also a Boost mode for more power. Naughty.
Only Rs 50,000 separates the base D2 variant from the top-end D6, which has been priced at Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi, inclusive of FAME and government sops). It is understandably expensive, but even at that price, it is still the only car of its kind. Question is, would you be brave enough to spend that kind of money on a car with so many limitations? The comments section awaits you...