Hey, what is this strange looking thing??This is Mahindra Electric's yet another iteration of the e2O, this time a lot less unconventional and impractical than before. It's called the e2O Plus. It gets the practicality of four doors, added rear legroom, bigger batteries, more power, extended range and extra features.That's all right. But what's up with the looks??We get that. We too share your sentiments, as we aren't big fans of the way the e2O looks now. You remember the earlier car, right? It wasn't a design marvel, but it looked distinctive and did manage to turn a few heads. However, with this new design and added length, ME has robbed the e2O off its funkiness and it now looks stuck between being quirky and a conventional compact hatchback.Has the e2O Plus gained anything in the bargain? While the e2O's design has lost its charm, it's gained a lot of practical values. The Plus now gets additional rear doors - two full size doors that let you get in and out of the car effortlessly. And that extended wheelbase - 300mm more compared to the two-door e2O - means rear seat legroom is surprisingly good. In fact, knee room at the back is better than some of the conventional hatchbacks on sale today. And then you get a proper bootlid that opens up a decently shaped 135 litres of cargo space. Okay, that number isn't brag-worthy, but remember, it is not a highway mile-muncher - it's a city-dweller and that boot space should be enough for your daily errands.Have they experimented with the cabin, too??Not exactly. ME hasn't changed the overall look and feel on the inside, but a new Android-based Blaupunkt infotainment system, and dual-tone beige and black interiors do liven things up. Quality of plastics remain to be decent and so is fit and finish. What's impressive is the overall space and seat comfort. Yes, it's a narrow cabin and strictly a four-seater, but thankfully, the seats are well cushioned and offer good overall support.Is it a good place to be in now??Yes, for most part. But there's one glitch though; the foot well is cramped so you inadvertently end up hitting the wall while pressing the accelerator pedal. Oh wait, there's more to this list. The AC blower is glaringly loud on full blast, and because the battery pack is bundled under the front seats, you'll end up kicking the battery cover every time you get in and out of the car.You'd mentioned about bigger batteries, more power and extended range. Tell us more?Yes, Mahindra has invested a lot time and efforts into bettering its battery tech and it shows in the Plus. This bigger e2O now comes with two different battery packs. Of the four variants the Plus is available with, only the top P8 variant featured here gets the more powerful 72V battery, while the rest (P2, P4 and P6) get an improved version of the old 48V pack.So what's the difference between the two battery variants??The obvious difference being the power ratings. The P8 gets 30kW and 91Nm - that's 11kW and 21Nm more than the 48V-powered car - and coupled with an automatic gearbox, ME calls it 'Direct drive'.How is it to drive?Driveability is good - it's quiet and peppy. In fact, it gets a Boost mode that offers a punchier drive and ME claims the P8 can do 0-40kph in 5.2 seconds and takes 9.5 seconds to reach 60kph. However, despite a smarter battery management system in place, the Boost mode will deplete that battery pack sooner than expected and won't exactly give you the 140km drive range the Plus comes with.140km range, not bad for a car this size. But what if I run out of charge while being on the road? What options would I have then??Well, in such a situation, you can hit the REVive option that enables ME's support centre to remotely access the car's on-board Energy Management System and allow access to a small reserve charge that should last for 10 kilometres. It should be enough for you to find a place with an electric socket. You could then use the 32Amp quick charging option that can juice up your e2O Plus to 95 per cent in just 90 minutes. There's also the standard 16Amp charger that takes 9 hours for a complete charge.So how is it to drive in the city??Driving the e2O Plus in city conditions is a breeze. Light controls, easy manoeuvrability and a turning radius of 4.35 metres are good enough reasons for you to ditch your ICE hatchback for an e2O as far as city commute goes. However, ride comfort could have been improved upon - it get can a little choppy on our city roads and get easily unsettled over bad patches.What's the e2O Plus' sticker price??Having an e2O Plus parked in your garage isn't going to be cheap. Even with the Government's FAME scheme that promotes green vehicles, the sticker price for the Plus P8 is Rs 8.46 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, including the FAME incentive. And that's a little steep for a compact family e-hatch. You could opt for the lower variants with lesser power and range, which starts from Rs 5.46 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.Is that worth it??Look at it this way. At the moment, making electric cars in India isn't cheap. But as we all know, sooner or later, we all have to embrace electric cars and till the time other manufactures do not start electrifying cars in India, costs are going to stay higher. Having said that, in 2016, having an e2O is going to earn you a lot of brownie points at tree-huggers summit, and with every kilometre you clock on this green car, you can help save the world in a small way. It is India's only car with zero tailpipe emission, a car that loves the environment. And if you're saddened by the threat to the Polar bear due to global warming, driving an all-electric car can be your contribution towards saving their Arctic ice.???Specs??Li-ion battery, 210Ah, direct drive gearbox, 3 Phase AC induction motors?30kW @ 3500rpm, 91Nm @ 2500rpm, 140km drive range, Top speed\: 85kph, 0-40kph\: 5.2 seconds, 0-60kph\: 9.5 seconds?Kerb weight\: 991kg (including 121kg for battery) ?Dimensions\: LxWxH\: 3590mm x 1575mm x 1585mm, GC\: 170mm, Wheelbase\: 2258mm, boot space\: 135 litres??Verdict?The e2O Plus gets as conventional as an unconventional Reva could get. Faster and efficient, too?