Mahindra Reva Joins Nissan in Charge to Fill the Streets of Bhutan With EVs
All the talk regarding Bhutan seems to focus on Nissan. Yes, the Nissan LEAF will be available in Bhutan, but there’s a player from India who’s sure to make a bigger splash in Bhutan.
As we discussed before, the LEAF will be far too expensive for the typical Bhutanese buyers, so the LEAF’s impact there will be limited. However, Mahindra-Reva has a BEV called the e2o that’s significantly more affordable.
Mahindra recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Government of Bhutan for a strategic partnership to promote the usage of electric vehicles
Concurrent with the signing, Mahindra announced the launch of its e20 in Thimphu, the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
As Business Standard reports:
“The Mahindra e2o will be available in three variants and priced at 6.99 Ngultrum for the base variant, 7.99 Ngultrum for the premium variant and 8.39 Ngultrum for the premium variant with Quick2Charge.”
Business Standard has the figures all wrong though. It should read as follows:
“…priced at 699,000 Ngultrum for the base variant, 799,000 Ngultrum for the premium variant and 839,000 Ngultrum for the premium variant with Quick2Charge.”
With the correct figures now in hand, we see that the e20 will be priced between $11,278 USD and $13,537 USD.
That’s cheap, but is it cheap enough for the citizens of Bhutan to afford? Well, since the LEAF’s $28,800 base MSRP is roughly 12 times the per capita income in Bhutan, then the e2o is likely still too expensive for the average buyer, but at least it’s within reach of some.
Source: Business Standard