PMV Electric plans to launch its first electric micro car, EaS-E, in India next month. This electric vehicle is expected to be priced at Rs 4 lakh, ex-showroom, and is said to offer a range of up to 200 km per charge.
Electric vehicles are gradually becoming popular in India. While most EVs are currently priced above Rs 10 lakh, things could soon get exciting in the sub-10 lakh segment as well. PMV Electric, a Mumbai-based start-up, plans to launch a high-tech electric micro car in India to accelerate the adoption of sustainability in the personal mobility space. To learn more about PMV Electric’s upcoming products and business outlook, we interacted with its founder, Kalpit Patel.
Founded in 2018, PMV Electric is a Mumbai-based electric vehicle start-up. The company plans to launch a two-seater electric micro car, EaS-E, in India next month, i.e. July 2022. It has been in the works for years and now it is said that ‘It’s in the final prototype stage, but still some time to be ready for production. “EaS-E” by PMV (pronounced Easy) is the acronym for “Eco-friendly and sustainable electric vehicle”.
In terms of design, the new PMV EaS-E will be unlike anything we currently have on Indian roads. However, to some extent it resembles the Citroën AMI and the MG E200. Up front, the EaS-E gets a horizontal strip of LED DRLs that run the length of the bonnet while the circular headlights are positioned below on the bumper. It will roll on 13-inch wheels.
The side profile has a large glass area, multi-spoke alloys and four doors, although it is only a two-seater. At the rear, it gets LED taillights. Speaking of specifications, the PMV EaS-E will be powered by a 10 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery mated to a 15 kW (20 hp) PMSM electric motor. The torque figure has not yet been revealed. It will have a top speed of 70 km/h.
The company says the PMV EaS-E will be offered in three variants, with claimed range varying from 120 km to 200 km per charge, depending on the variant. It is supposed to be fully charged in just under 4 hours with its 3kW AC charger. This micro electric car will be 2,915mm long, 1,157mm wide and 1,600mm high.
It will have a wheelbase of 2087mm while ground clearance will be 170mm. In addition, the empty weight of the electric vehicle will be around 550 kg. In terms of features, PMV Electric says the EaS-E will have a digital instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system, USB charging port, air conditioning, remote keyless entry and parking assistance, cruise control, seat belts, rear parking camera, etc.
It will also offer an EaS-E mode for footless driving in traffic. Thanks to this mode, you can move forward by pressing “+” up to a speed of 20 km/h and brake by pressing “-” on the steering wheel controls. Pre-bookings for the PMV EaS-E are now open on the company’s official website for a token refundable amount of Rs 2,000 while deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2023.
The company is expected to launch its mid-range and high-end variants in India next month, while the base variant may arrive later. It will be offered in a total of ten funky color shades, the details of which can be seen in the image above. The new PMV EaS-E micro electric car is expected to be priced at Rs 4 lakh, ex-showroom, for the 160km range variant.
PMV Electric founder Kalpit Patel says this micro electric car will be sold across India from day one of launch but on a D2C (direct to consumer) business model initially. They aim to sell around 15,000 units per year in the first year itself. It will be manufactured in the company’s Chakan factory and they also plan to export it. Additionally, the electric vehicle maker has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-seed funds and plans to raise the next round of funds this year.
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