In terms of technology, the Indian car space has come a long long way in the past decade or so. True that we still haven’t completely accepted electric and hybrid cars and they are not our first choice, however the mindset of buyers is slowly but steadily changing. When it comes to alternate of diesel and petrol, we consider LPG and CNG instead of electric energy. Still there is no denying the fact that we have started accepting hybrid cars with an open mind. This certainly gives car manufacturers some hopes in India. The Government of India thinks that electric cars are the future of Indian Automobile Industry and by 2030 we should have an all electric fleet. This may sound overwhelming as of now. However, more and more car manufacturers are coming up with electric cars. Here is our list of top 5 Hybrid Cars in India.
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1. Mahindra e2oPlus
Price: Rs 5.46 lakh – Rs 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Mahindra is the only Indian Car manufacturer, as well as the first one to come with an electric four-wheelers. It initially launched the two-door Mahindra e2o (earlier known as Reva e2o). However, Mahindra the has now replaced it with a slightly bigger four-door Mahindra e2oPlus electric hatchback. This car was launched in India in October 2016.
This electric car from Mahindra comes equipped with a 72V lithium-ion battery that has stretched the driving range to 140km. The car delivers 40 bhp of power and 91 Nm of peak torque. It has a top speed of 85 kmph. Normally the e20Plus takes 9 hours to get fully charged. However, it also has a functionality of quick charge which charges the car in just about 1 hour.
2. Mahindra eVerito
The eVerito has a lithium-ion battery that takes 8 hours to get fully charged with the regular mode and 1 hour 45 minutes on the fast charging mode. The eVerito’s can reach a true top speed of 86 km/h. Mahindra has claimed that the running cost of this vehicle is ₹ 1.15 per km. That is quite low. Isn’t it?
Talking about the design, the electric Mahindra e-Verito sedan gets inspiration from its diesel sibbling. What sets the e-Verito apart is the body graphics and fresh new interiors. The eVerito comes in three variants- the D2, D4, and D6. It is been learnt that Mahindra Electric is working on a new electric powertrain which can give the car a longer driving range.
3. Toyota Camry Hybrid
Price: Rs 31.98 lakh
If the best hybrid car in India has to named, it would be certainly the Toyota Camry. The Toyota Camry comes in both Petrol and Hybrid models. It’s the Hybrid model which accounts for 70% of the sale of the Toyota Camry model. Though the Camry Hybrid is not a plug-in hybrid but it is Toyota’s best selling car in this segment. The Camry hybrid gets its power from a DOHC VVT-i 2.5-litre petrol motor paired to an electric unit. The petrol motor churns out 158bhp of power , while the electric motor churns out 44bhp of power.
The engine of the Toyota Camry hybrid comes mated to an e-CVT (electronically continuously variable transmission). One can choose from three driving modes, namely – EV, Eco and Normal. Toyota claims an ARAI mileage of 19.6Km/l. This is definitely impressive for a car of this size.
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4. Honda Accord Hybrid
5. Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid
Price: ₹ 1.25 crore
Recently Volvo launched the Plug-In Hybrid version of its XC90 in India. It is the first SUV of its kind to enter the Indian market. The XC90 looks stunning and is ultra luxurious.
The XC90 is based on Volo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The car’s price is justified with its looks, the luxury as well as the number of features it offers. Out of the many features, the one of the most primary features are the individual electronically-adjustable reclinable rear seats with massage & ventilation functions along with added legroom with footrests. The ambient lighting, folding tables a retractable control touchscreen, refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, an illuminated storage, a heated/chilled cup holder and handmade crystal glasses from leading Swedish company Orrefors truly justify the car’s huge price.
The Volvo XC90 which has an All Wheel Drive, gets its power from Volvo’s T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid Electric powertrain. The powertrain is made up of a 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine and a 9.2kWh Lithium-ion battery. The engines come mated to a 8 speed engine. The SUV offers a combined power output of almost 402bhp and a peak torque of 640Nm.
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