On 2nd of June 2016, Mahindra launched the electric version of its Verito sedan. The e Verito is the company’s second battery powered car after the small hatch e2O Reva. This fully electric version of the Verito sedan was first showcased at Auto Expo in 2012 and then also in 2014 and 2016.
e Verito will be on sale through Mahindra’s showrooms across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Nagpur. These are also the cities where you will have access to the company’s charging points. This sedan is powered by 72V 3 phase AC induction battery pack that has power of 41 hp at 3500 rpm and torque of 91 Nm at 3000 rpm. It is coupled with direct drive single speed (clutch-free) transmission. There is a boost mode for extra power. With zero tailpipe emission, the e Verito is a categorical Green Vehicle.
The makers claim that the driving range of this electric sedan is 110 km on a full charge - this is good enough for daily commute to work or those occasional trips to the bazaar. It takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to charge the battery fully through fast charging technology but the duration is more than 8 hours on regular mode. The top-speed for e Verito is rated at 86 km/hour. According to Mahindra the running cost is only 1.15 per km. Address for charging points can be checked on the car’s website.
Coming to the design, the e Verito carries on with the silhouette of its diesel sibling. The add-ons are some decals that differentiate it from the regular fuel powered model. As most of you remember, the Verito was the redesigned and rechristened Logan. It has a soft front with splash of chrome on the front grille and the bumper is broad with split air dam design. The flared wheel arches take in 180/70 R14 low rolling resistance tyres.
There is already a lot of detailing on Verito’s door panels and here on the e Verito it gets more highlighted due to the blue stickers. The blackened pillars cut the visual mass of body colour for which the only option is Diamond White. At the rear the vertical tail lamps look smart and there is a strip of chrome above the number plate. The build quality is decent.
It is also in the cabin that the e Verito gets some features exclusive to itself. There is a big dial on the instrument console with brushed aluminium ring encircling it. The blue backlit digital unit displays the mode that the car is being driven in. On its sides are the State of Charge and the efficiency meters both of which are in form of basic bars.
This sedan has a single-din music system with Aux and CD ports. It can get a tad tricky to operate due to its low positioning and the fact that there are no steering mounted controls. The principal function of the battery here is to propel the car and it cannot be used to power too many smart gadgets in the cabin. There is an AC but it is not an automatic climate control unit. Internally adjustable ORVMs are electric in mid and top end trims. Windows are powered for all variants and they have rear defogger.
The driver’s seat cannot be adjusted for height but it is comfortable enough for people of average height. There is a large, illuminated glove box. The door pockets however are barely design features – they can hold in much.
Verito sedan’s quality has been comfortable seating space for 5 people and this has been retained in the e Verito. A group of 5 can commute to work cost effectively in this green vehicle. And there is a large boot of 510 litres even though it is an electric vehicle. Mahindra saved on boot space here by placing the battery pack where the petrol/ diesel engine was plonked in the regular car.
Electric cars in India still have limited number of buyers despite the subsidies offered and the prime reason behind it is the weakness of infrastructure. The company backed charging points are only in metropolitan cities although Mahindra is said to have identified 200 points in total.
The e Verito may not be a product for the masses but it has its merits as an emission-free car and demonstrates the maker’s serious intentions to go ahead in this eco-friendly zone.
There are there variants – D2, D4 and D6- to choose from and they are priced between Rs 9.50 and 10 lakh (ex showroom price, Delhi).
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