Ask anyone in India about electric cars and most would not know about it. In India, cars mean either a petrol or diesel cars. Although LPG and CNG cars are also there, liquid fossil fuel cars still dominate the main chunk of the market.
However, in the last few years, hybrids and electric cars are slowly and steadily making their mark. The first reason is the obvious pollution ad second, the hard hitting petrol prices. But no one can deny that green cars are the future. Very soon petrol pumps will have portals to charge the electric cars.
If you are worrying about buying your first green car, you should start with a hybrid. A hybrid would give you the benefit of both an electric and fuel car. A hybrid car will have both – a petrol engine and an electric motor – and you can use either reducing your worries of using a totally new car. If you are more confident, then go for electric cars. Both of those are equally rewarding.
Here are the top EVs which you can buy in India –
Price: Rs. 4.8 lakh – 5.6 lakh, ex-showroom
Mahindra e2o is your hassle-free, cheap and practical electric car most commonly seen in the Indian roads. Launched in 2013, it was the first fully electric car in the country. It is extremely economical and useful to run for the city drives.
Two models are available – Mahindra Reva e2o T0 and e2o T2. Each car is two-door with four-seater capacity. The car has lithium ion batteries that will give you 100 km range as mileage with top speed of 80 km per hour.
Price: Approx. Rs. 10 lakh, ex-showroom
If you want something bigger and better than the Reva, go for the eVerito. The lithium ion battery takes about eight hours to fully charge but if your time is short try the fast charging technology. It will take less than two hours to fully charge and will run a good 110 km on a full battery. The top speed in EVerito is 86 km per hour but it is unbelievably economical. The running cost is seen to be about Rs. 1.15 per km making it a very attractive electric vehicle.
Tata Indica Vista Electric
Price: Approx. Rs. 6 lakh, ex-showroom
Tata Indica is one of the most widely used cars in India. But with the launch of the Vista Electric, we are going to get a car that is far better than its petrol and diesel variants.
The Vista Electric will run on super polymer lithium ion batteries which take eight hours to fully charge and will run up to 200 km on a full charge. The electric motor is expected to be more efficient and strong than its petrol and diesel variants with peak power 55 kw at 4,000 rpm and torque of 160 Nm at 1750 rpm and within 4.5 seconds, it can accelerate from 0 – 30 km per hour. Top speed would be 150 km per hour.
Price: Rs. 5 – 7 lakh, ex-showroom
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Running on lithium ion phosphate battery, it can run 100 km on a full charge. But if you run out of charge on your long drives, do not worry. There is also another petrol engine generator that will recharge the batteries if you need it. Not only that, a tank of fuel will recharge enough for you to go 900 km. There is no excuse not to grab this stylish four-seater hatchback!
Price: Rs. 24 lakh, ex-showroom
Green cars are getting popular in the Indian luxury car market as well. Nissan Leaf is already a globally popular Electric Vehicle.
What sets apart the Nissan Leaf from others is its super powerful electric motor which runs on 48 laminated lithium ion batteries. It has a maximum power of 107 hp and 207 lb-ft of top torque. The car is fully fitted with global standard safety and monitoring systems making one of the best luxury electric cars.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Price: Rs. 31 lakh, ex-showroom
The Camry has been one of the most popular and best selling models of Toyota. Now with its hybrid version, it sells all the more.
This is a sophisticated EV in many ways. The car has both the standard Toyota’s DOHC VVT-i 2.5-litre petrol unit with the electric motor which is nickel metal hydride instead of lithium. The power output is based both on both the engines – this gives the benefit of using less fuel and hence lesser pollution.
The hybrid output is 202bhp – 158bhp from petrol engine and 44bhp from electric. Such a big car for its size but it gives an excellent mileage of 19.6 km per litre.
As you run the car, the battery keeps on charging. Apart from many premium features, it provides three drive modes – EV, Eco and Normal.
Price: Approx. Rs. 20 lakh, ex-showroom
Combine luxury, engineering and goodness – and you get the BMW i3. BMW has sub-branded BMWi to launch its own range of hybrid cars. With the i3 the i8 is also being brought to the Indian market. However the i8 costs way more than the i3 at Rs. 2.29 crores.
BMW i3 has a 25kw motor that runs on lithium ion batteries with 50 km on a full charge. The body will be made of a lighter carbon fibre reinforced polymer with aluminium chassis making the car weigh only 1200 kg. This will speed the car up to 150 km per hour with 0 -100 in 7.9 seconds.
Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid
Price: Rs. 1. 25 crore, ex-showroom
Volvo breaks the ice with its first electric SUV. It has been a popular model globally and now it is being launched in India. The XC90 is a special car on the inside and outside.
Some of its luxury features include the electronically-adjustable reclining rear seats that also massage and has ventilation functions. You get added legroom and footrests for more comfort. It has more – ambient lighting, illuminated storage, retractable touchscreen, folding tables, refrigerator,special cup holders and crystal glasses.
The XC90 runs on a T8 Twin-Engine Hybrid giving a maximum output of 402bhp, with 8-speed automatic transmission.
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