“On 30 January the first E2O car rolled out of the Mahindra Reva plant in Bangalore. It marked a significant change in the 120-year-old DNA of the auto industry. The E2O comes with its own solar-charging system. Once you buy the car, you don’t need to pay for fuel; the only cost involved will be in replacing the batteries every few years, based on usage and recharging patterns.
The four-seater, two-door compact car with automatic transmission spells a new future in private transportation: It disconnects car ownership permanently from fuel costs. It goes a little further than that, of course. Solar power is clean. There is no emission. At this point, quibblers will introduce the great “but” to wobble logical argument: But the older models of the Reva can also be charged using a solar panel—what’s so unique about the E2O?
The major change has been in size—this is a compact car with seating for four, not the squished configuration of the original Reva. Aside from that, the E2O is also a much smarter car, with mobile connectivity that is used for features like smart charging, computerized speed limiters and other new functions.”