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Old 17th August 2014, 18:20   #151
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Hi rpunwani,

Living in an apartment should not deter you against buying this car.
There is some fundamental groundwork that electric vehicle owners need to do, if they want to setup a charging station in a multi-unit dwelling.
Its important to speak to the management of the apartment and inform them that you have an EV and would like to install a charging point. Its also good to make it clear to them that the socket would be connected to your meter.
Once you have the permission, you will need to catch hold of an electrician and look at how the task can be accomplished. In some cases, it would be straightforward. In some cases (especially if the slot is uncovered and far from the meter room), it would take some time.
So installing a charging 15Amp socket near your parking slot is not a problem at all.

I hope you can rethink this
Dear Kamyfc,

Many thanks for your invaluable inputs. My neighbour & I had figured out the wiring bit & the society had in-principle approved the same.

IMHO, the current price of the car is a major deterrent, if they are able to bring down the price of the car to a more acceptable limit, the e2o will be an excellent city car. I for one would definitely get one
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IMHO, the current price of the car is a major deterrent, if they are able to bring down the price of the car to a more acceptable limit, the e2o will be an excellent city car. I for one would definitely get one
Hi rpunwani,

There is a discount of 1.32L for T0 model which comes with power steering and all other features of T2. With the battery cost excluded, Bangalore Onroad price is 4.4L. I posted this on the official review thread. However I am not sure if this is available in Mumbai. I just booked one.

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Hi rpunwani,

There is a discount of 1.32L for T0 model which comes with power steering and all other features of T2. With the battery cost excluded, Bangalore Onroad price is 4.4L. I posted this on the official review thread. However I am not sure if this is available in Mumbai. I just booked one.

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Hi Samabhi,

Thanks for the information. I will check with the local Mahindra dealer in a couple of days.

BTW how long is the delivery time when you booked the car? And which version have you taken?

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Hi Samabhi,

Thanks for the information. I will check with the local Mahindra dealer in a couple of days.

BTW how long is the delivery time when you booked the car? And which version have you taken?

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About 10 days for delivery. I booked the T0 version with Power Steering and the features of T2 included.
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Hello people,

I haven't updated this thread for a while. I havent had the time to update the same here.

So just decided to do a small update with some photos and info for the benefit of the community here

So here goes.
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Its been 1 year driving an electric car and what an amazing journey!
We have been incredible surprised by the reliability of the e2o. We had to spend nothing on repairs or maintenance.
We here are seeing the extreme efficiency of the electric motor and the reliability of it.

Just the fact that this car has saved over 800 litre's of oil, which is usually imported means a lot to me personally.
If we all have to do our bit for the country, this is one small way.

Also the real important point is how this car uses so less energy and is so efficient. This is a point that is very difficult to get across. For example - I drive to Pavana Dam - a round trip distance of 105 km and this car just consumed around 78 km worth of energy. I had around 24 km of energy left, which truly boggles the mind.

This car uses the so less energy per km than even the most super efficient petrol engine and even more efficient than some petrol bikes. All this because of the efficiency of the electric motor.
The impact of the energy used is astronomically lower and thus this car is greener than anything we have on the road.
Yes, even if your electricity is powered by Coal.
Its time for the petrol heads, the EV cynics and people who are resistant to change (as seen from the questions asked by people in this thread one year back!) to see a live example in energy efficiency right here!

This electric car offers the potential to use energy from renewable sources. You can install a solar panel and run on clean electrons.
And if you stick to the grid, consider this as the grid gets cleaner, your electric vehicle gets cleaner in time.
Can that be said about ICE based vehicles?
They will always remain dirty and bad!!!

In July August i took EVA outside the city a lot to the mountains in Pune.
Here are some pics.


EVA in the lush mountains near Pune
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Charging in a kitchen of a restaurent in Lavasa. You can read the crazy story in my website!
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EVA amid stunning greenery in the mountains near Pune
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Ah! Pavana!!!
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The Numbers - August

1 kWh = 1 unit of electricity
1 unit = Rs 6 (including taxes and other charges)

All Home Charging Done Using: Mahindra charge point plugged into a 15 AMP socket
Total km Driven at Month End: 8620 km
Km Driven in Months: 810 km
Electric Power Used for Charging in Months: 81.0 kW (measured at wall power source)
Public Charging in Months, Power Use: 4 kWh
Charging at Home in Months, Power Use: 81.0 kWh
Energy Efficiency, Months: 10.6 km/kWh
Total Charging Energy Used, Lifetime: 874.5 kWh
Energy Efficiency, Lifetime: 9.85 km/kWh
Number of Home Charging Days in August: 6 nights
Household Power Used for Months: 65.0 kWh (without car charging)
Total Power Used for Month: 146 kWh (includes car charging)
Electric Bill Amount: Rs 840
Cost of charging the CAR - August: Rs 486
Cost for Charging Cars, Lifetime - : 3872.5 + 486 = Rs 4358.5
Maintenance and Repair Costs for the Car to Date: Rs 0
Average km per Driving Day in August: 27 km
Longest Day's Driving in August: 90 km to Lavasa and 76 km to Pavana Lake
Number of times, i charged outside my home: 1 (We went to Lavasa and had to charge in a restaurant's Kitchen!)
Unexpected Low Charge and Unable to Reach Destination: None

So EVA has consumed Rs 4358.5 over 12 months of driving and covered a distance of 8620km.


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Okay, @kamyfc might be banned, but his car is in regular use. Happened to see it y'day evening in Sus road.

Kudos to his decision on buying an electric car, and actually using it regularly. Must say, his car stands out not only from regular cars, but also other E2O's.

This, because of the excellent colour he has chosen, and yes, the No-More-Oil stickers on the rear bumper.

Go figure, bro.
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Its so sad they don't have it yet in Chennai, would have been the perfect city car.
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Its so sad they don't have it yet in Chennai, would have been the perfect city car.
Are you sure ? I heard a few inquiry from Chennai. In fact, M&M Reva point folks said, they are picking up in Chennai with the recent promotional offer.
Check it up now.

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I have been calling them. Even yesterday spoke to them and they said no info of it coming to Chennai :(
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Are you sure ? I heard a few inquiry from Chennai. In fact, M&M Reva point folks said, they are picking up in Chennai with the recent promotional offer.
Check it up now.

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Finally, got a follow-up from Mahindra. But the sad part is, if I need a vehicle I need to buy it in Bangalore and then bring it to Chennai. Though the Chennai dealership will do the registration, the final cost will be 8.6 lakhs!!!

That's too much money for this car. Since its outside Bangalore, the lease option is also available. But I should appreciate the effort they took to work out the cost, talk to dealers so they can sure service and registration. I am very impressed with the customer service of the E20 team. I just wish the cost was practical!
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Finally, got a follow-up from Mahindra. But the sad part is, if I need a vehicle I need to buy it in Bangalore and then bring it to Chennai. Though the Chennai dealership will do the registration, the final cost will be 8.6 lakhs!!!

That's too much money for this car. Since its outside Bangalore, the lease option is also available. But I should appreciate the effort they took to work out the cost, talk to dealers so they can sure service and registration. I am very impressed with the customer service of the E20 team. I just wish the cost was practical!
I think, you are talking about the 120 KM range vehicle.
Also, I agree, without the 1.3 Lakh discount offer, this car doesnt make sense. In fact, this is the only reason that I was too fast in getting this.

Mine is 70KM range for the OTR [Blore] of 4.4Lakhs + 2599/- per month for battery for 5 years [1.59 Lakhs].

So, without the offer, it would be 4.4 + 1.3 + 1.59 [assuming battery is paid up front] = 7.29 Lakhs. So, probably, you are enquiring about 120 KM range.

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So, without the offer, it would be 4.4 + 1.3 + 1.59 [assuming battery is paid up front] = 7.29 Lakhs. So, probably, you are enquiring about 120 KM range.

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That's the only option they gave me with a on road price of 8.6 lakhs. They clearly said lease is not available for other city buyers! Also, the pricing in their website shows 5.55 for T2. Is that the 4.4 + 1.3 as per your calculation?

Also, can you PM me your number so I can connect to understand few things.

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Has someone thought of keeping a diesel generator set in the boot of this car (and directing the exhaust outwards obviously) ? This will make it a series hybrid and ensure that you wouldn't run out of fuel on highways. Low on power ? All you need to do then is to turn on the generator.

If Mahindra used their electric drivetrain and provided a series hybrid like this (even with the Maxximo engine) and save costs on battery by providing a 20km battery as an option, it will be really brilliant! I will be one of their first customers then.
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^^ I doubt about the weight that it can take and having a generator seriously defeats several purpose of this vehicle - exhaust and noice that I can immediately think of.
Also, I doubt of the weight carrying capacity of the vehicle !
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^^ I doubt about the weight that it can take and having a generator seriously defeats several purpose of this vehicle - exhaust and noice that I can immediately think of.
Also, I doubt of the weight carrying capacity of the vehicle !
Well, you don't necessarily have to rely on the generator. It can be something of a last-ditch option just in case you run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere. You could be somewhere far off, let the generator do its job while you munch on a packed sandwich outside the car until you have enough juice to get to a place with a power socket.

The weight carrying ability shouldn't be a problem as a small generator (like those used by small shops and the like when there is a power cut) weighs less than a small person who'd sit at the rear.

I am just saying that a simple diesel generator would add extra value to the car, without removing existing capabilities.
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