Remember the G-Wiz, that godawful electric ‘quadricycle’ that was briefly extremely fashionable in London before people realised it was a death trap? Well, this is the car that replaces it, the Mahindra e2o.
We really do mean ‘car’ here. At 940kg the e2o is too heavy to be classified as a quadricycle and so comes with a number of safety features the G-Wiz did without. A pair of airbags, ABS brakes, an ESP system and ISOFIX child seat mounts come as standard. We’ll reserve judgement, however, until Euro NCAP has put it through its paces.
Power comes from a 31kW electric motor turning out 42bhp and 67lb/ft. Performance is reasonably zippy for urban traffic, with 0-25mph taking 4.9secs. 0-50mph takes a more leisurely 18secs; top speed reaches the heady heights of 63mph.
Juice comes from a 14kWh lithium-ion battery pack that gives a claimed 79 miles of range, or 88 miles with ‘Revive’ mode remote emergency charging. Nine hours are needed to fully charge the batteries from a normal socket; the top-spec TechX version can fast charged to 90% in 90 minutes.
The TechX also comes with such luxuries as aircon, a Blaupunkt satnav system and a smartphone app that presets the heating. The base City model gets electric windows, digital instruments and a heater.
Prices start at £12,995 after government grants. It’s on sale now exclusively on-line – there are no dealers to go through and even maintenance can be carried out by a man in a van.
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By Only Motors