Thanks to the good folks at Motorbeam.com, we now have an inkling that Mahindra could unveil the new Verito Electric at the Auto Expo next month. A keen-eyed reader spotted a test mule of the Verito Electric in the city of Bangalore.
The test mule featured minimal camouflaging. A patch of material was used to hide the company logo at the rear end of the car, but the “Automatic” and “Electric” badges are seen clearly. The styling of the car was obviously similar to that of the regular Verito. That the car is an all-electric version can also be confirmed from the fact that there is no exhaust pipe on the car, and hence doesn’t carry that cut for the exhaust which the regular Verito has.
Mahindra had showcased the Verito Electric at the 2012 Auto Expo (in the non-facelift guise). It was stated that the Verito Electric would hit the showroom floors within two years. Since these are the very first spyshots, it is reasonable to assume that Mahindra could unveil the car at the upcoming Auto Expo.
According to unconfirmed news, Verito Electric will be powered by a 39 bhp electric motor. The car would possess a range of about 100 kms, based on standard driving conditions. The top speed of the vehicle is around 86 kmph. The Verito Electric’s battery would require about 6 hours for a full charge, whereas one can get a quick charge done in 1.5 hours. Though the Verito would be cheap to run, it’s purchasing price would be quite high. Currently, the government offers no subsidies on electric vehicles.
Another drawback of the Verito Electric would be the stunted range of 100 kms, which is further hampered by the lack of charging points in today’s’ cityscape. However, one must mention that these cars are quite eco-friendly and are actually the way forward for a country like India which is hit hard by a rise in crude oil prices and needless to talk about pollution!
Mahindra currently has the e2O as their only electric car, response to which has not been really encouraging but that is primarily due to the high price tag it carries (because of no subsidies by government).