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In this age of pollution, electric cars are a breath fresh of air. Electric cars are cars with alternate fuel automobiles that use electricity instead of petrol or diesel. Instead of using an internal combustion engine, these automobiles use an electric motor for propulsion.

An electric car uses an on-board battery pack as the main power supply to the car. These cars are a good transportation vehicle for everyday use and have to be recharged overnight.

Mahindra & Mahindra bought Reva Electric in 2010 to venture into the electric car segment under the Mahindra Reva brand and came out with India’s first fully-grown electric car – Mahindra e2o.

The exterior design looks funky with its large black grille and wraparound headlamp assembly. The double barrel lights include segment first halogen projector lamps. The headlamps also include follow me home function. The bulging wheel arches add muscle to the body. The rear profile flaunts LED tail lamps.

The Mahindra e2o has been made using a lightweight steel body frame and thus weight is kept at a minimum to prolong battery life. The side profile of the Mahindra e2o reveals a single door on each side. The glass runs all the way backwards and joins the tail lamp. The design includes an overhang at the junction of the tail lamp and the rear bumper. The roof gradually slopes backwards. The 13-inch alloy wheels house special 155/70 low resistance Hankook tyres.

The seats get two-tone leather upholstery with white stitching. Legroom, headroom and thigh support are pretty decent. The entry to the rear seat is via the front. The centre console get a shiny black finish and houses the dials for the AC along with the 6.2-inch touch screen audio unit which also displays a host of other things such as rear camera while reversing. The AC is powerful.

Power is stored in a zero maintenance 48 V Lithium-ion battery. Power from this battery is transmitted to the wheels via a 19 Kw (25.5 bhp) 3-phase induction motor at 3750 rpm. The price of the Mahindra e2o is Rs. 5.95 to 6.67.

The Hyundai i10 electric is another car that was unveiled in the 2010 Auto Expo. The body resembles the i10. The i10 Electric uses a 49 kwh motor and a 16 kwh Lithium polymer battery. This battery is powerful enough to run for 160 km with single charge. The i10 Electric has a top speed of 130 kmph. The battery gets fully recharged in 5 hours from a 220V source. The expected price will be less than Rupees 5 lakh and the expected launching by the end of 2014.

The Tata Megapixel, the Nissan Leaf, the Chevrolet Beat are the few other electric cars expected in 2014-2015.

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