THIS IS NO E2O TAXI
MAHINDRA last week launched the e2o in two trim levels for English commuters. The entry- level e2o City is priced at £ 12 995 ( R269 608) while the higher- spec TechX version retails at £ 15 995 ( R331 849).
These are high prices from Mahindra, leading many to ask how Mahindra hopes to succeed where many have failed before, as English drivers traditionally feel like South Africans when it comes to electric cars. Better on the golf course, and all that, old chap. The answer is two- fold. First, sales of evees have doubled year on year, with UK transport minister Andrew Jones telling the media he expects the sales to continue growing, as the British government has now made £ 600 million available to discount sales until 2020 for over 30 sustainable vehicle sellers in the UK.
The second reason is that the Mahindra e2o is less a vehicle and more a a touchscreen infotainment centre with a seat, reversing camera and steering wheel.
At the core of the e2o is a collection of connected features that were developed to make the car both easier and more enjoyable to drive and maintain, including on- board sensors normally associated with trucking telemetrics. Speaking about the e2o’s arrival on British roads, Anand Mahindra, chairperson of Mahindra Group, said the e2o marks a true milestone for the Mahindra Group in the UK. He said the average commuter will pay less than R210 a month to drive the e2o, with the fuel savings helping to pay for the initial outlay.
“Sustainability is at the heart of Mahindra’s business practices and with the introduction of the e2o to the UK market, we are offering a product that perfectly encapsulates our corporate philosophy.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson MP congratulated Mahindra and said he looked forward to seeing e2os on London’s streets.
Mahindra’s e2o electric car is about as far away from South Africa’s E20 taxi as it is possible to get.