Today we pit the Mahindra E2O against not only the Tata Nano but also some of the best subcompact (small cars) of the world like Swift, Alto, WagonR, i10, and Santro. Of course the only other car that is better is the miniCooper but then consider also its cost... which is not small in anyway.
Jan 2018 update!
EVA has completed 4 years 5 months and has crossed 40,000 km!
Excellent performance by the e2o over the last 40k km. No major issues faced so far - apart from replacing the IEMS, some sensor replacements and drive fault issues. And all of this was covered under warranty.Multiple trips done outside Pune to Mumbai and other places in heat, pouring rain. All handled very well.
Excellent service by Sahyadri Motors, Pune team too.
Let's see how the next 4 years hold up!!
May 2016 Update
Please note this blog was written almost 3 years back and there have been changes. I will continue to pen my thoughts, as i continue to use EVA and will discuss changes i observe.
After not owning any sort of vehicle in my life (have lived 30+ years of it), i decided that its time to have some sort of option for personal mobility. So i decided to buy a car.
Most people buy a car just to satisfy a desire, once the desire is satisfied, they get pissed off with the rising costs of maintaining the damn thing and then crib about the sky rocketing fuel prices. Some people even take huge loans and once the desire finishes giving them their 'false happiness', they are stuck with their vehicle and see it as a big burden.
I also know lot of people, who buy a car but use a two wheeler most of the time - pissed off with the sky rocketing fuel prices and high maintenance aspect of their oil based cars.
Of-course the above is not true for people who are well off and don't care bout the price of oil. The above applies to our middle class.
And of-course there are people who have resigned to the fate, bout high fuel prices and just pay it.
I did not want to make the same mistake. I knew there had to be a better option.
By - Johnson
I don’t want to lie but the present situation of Electric Bikes in India is not very electrifying. They are caught between the Devil and the Deep Sea. Presently most of the “Electric Bikes” in the market are low speed 25Kms “mobility bikes” and 45 Kmph bikes that will get you from place to place. 25 Kmph is almost the speed of a Cycle when you are cycling at good speed.
Bikes are supposed to be Power Objects, Bikes are supposed to be Mean, Masculine, tyres huger than biceps… sex objects supposed to attract the opposite sex. People own it to portray sexiness. Heck even girls ride power bikes for that macho feel.... kind of to do the forbidden.
But the present trend of e-bikes in India is anything but that.