This technology also allows for real time feedback of all the vehicle’s functions. The monitoring can provide information about how efficient your driving is as well as give tips on how to improve the efficiency of your driving. A daily “heart beat” check of the vital systems also sends out alerts to the user and a central computer in Bangalore, which automatically monitors each vehicle if anything needs to be fixed. Just like a computer, updates can be sent to the car, and Mr Maini said that often times issues can be fixed before the user is even aware. Such features are available only in very expensive cars and Airplane engines. With this feature any slight problem or failure is quickly reported to the Service Station and the Service Engineers are able most of the time to fix the problem even without calling the car in for service.
The future vision for island mobility is for cars that ‘run on the sun’ so islands would reduce their dependence on fossil fuels replacing it with clean and renewable energy.
Currently there are two charging station locations on the island, one at HSBC Harbourview and the other at KEMH, but the hope is that charging stations will be standard across the island. “The Mahindra e2o incorporates the latest developments in electric vehicle traction, battery technology, energy recovery, telematics and IT –– a unique synthesis we believe will help us shape and co-create, with our customers, the future of personal and commercial mobility systems,” said Mr Maini.
“We are certain that the cutting-edge technological innovation that has gone into the Mahindra e2o will help Bermuda discover a novel, cost and energy efficient alternative to conventional cars that protect the economy and ecology of the island.”
Alan Burland, president of Bermuda Engineering, who attended the launch, said: “The car can pay for itself. You’re not paying for fuel and it requires very little maintenance. It is the leading edge of design made from good quality, corrosion resistant material.
Stuart Kriendler, manager and solar specialist at Bermuda Engineering told the Bermuda Sun: “I feel we need four-wheeled rental vehicles in Bermuda, that is a no-brainer.
Tourist will now be able to rent Electric Car at down to earth prices for going around the place.
- The e2o is built by the Indian manufacturer Mahindra Reva.
- It is a two-door (4 seat) class A vehicle.
- The battery takes eight hours to fully charge up.
- A fully charged battery will run for 120km or in other words ‘end-to-end’ in Bermuda three times.
- Experts estimate the charge up will cost just $4.70.
- Price: $24,995
“It makes complete sense to have a vehicle which, first of all, is small.
“This makes it easier for people to park, drive on our narrow roads and means that taxis are still very necessary for airport pick-ups and full family tours. If we are going to increase the number of vehicles on the road, then again they should be small. And the amount of pollution they produce should also be small, ideally zero, both noise pollution and air pollution.
“This is where an electric four-wheeled class A vehicle with the smartest technology makes the absolute most sense.
“If we are renting them then they should also be able to have navigation functions — like Google maps embedded in them and be smart phone compatible, and have a reverse camera to reduce the chance of accidents even further.”
Auto Solutions boss Glen Smith added: “We believe the e2o would make the ideal tourist rental vehicle. For us it is about providing customers with choice. And whether they want a diesel car, a gas car or electric car we intend to be able to provide them with that choice. The goal is also providing options that promote a more sustainable environment in Bermuda.”
One of the advantages of the car is that the exterior is non metallic and not prone to corrosion as the country is an Island the effect of the salt laden mist on the normal car paint and exterior would be damaging to a normal car but this is a super car and the paint cannot be damaged but also the body of the car cannot be dented easily. And most of all for every 100 kms you drive you have saved yourself 8 to 10 ltrs of petrol which I think cost above $2 per ltr in Bermuda and is one of the world's highest. Which means you save $20 everyday if you drive 100kms, thus instead of spending you tend to save.
We at PluginIndia.com are really proud that an Indian company is launching a world class product in Bermuda and other western countries.
Its intriguing why Mahindra Reva, chose Bermuda after India and Nepal to launch the e2o. If Mahindra wanted to target islands, the best place would be Hawaii and thus you gain an entry into the huge market of America. Maybe Bermuda has one of the world's highest GDP per capita and the distances between places are also less.
he price of $22,000, was way more than we anticipated. The Nissan Leaf will cost close to 24,000$ in the USA after rebates. If Nissan launches the Leaf in Bermuda, then Mahindra Reva will have some serious competition. Pricing is Reva's advantage, we hope they succeed in Bermuda!