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The electric taxi segment has been slowly but steadily making decent progress in the country and many fleet operators in tier 1 and tier 2 cities are now transitioning into electric propulsion as part of reducing their carbon footprint. As such, we will find out which is the better electric taxi, the Tata Xpres-T EV or the Mahindra eVerito.
Starting with the design, the Mahindra eVerito is the older vehicle here. Moreover, the eVerito itself is based on the old Renault Logan platform. As such, Mahindra eVerito's age is clearly visible and the boxy design doesn't help much either.
On the other hand, the Tata Xpres-T EV is based on the Tata Tigor EV, and the model looks a bit more modern and sophisticated in its overall design. Also, despite the sub-4m footprint, the Tata Xpres-T EV looks a bit more premium as well.
Powertrain & Battery Pack
The Mahindra eVerito is powered by a 3-phase AC induction motor. This motor produces 41.6bhp of peak power and 91Nm of peak torque. In addition to that, the Mahindra eVerito comes equipped with a decent size 21.2kWh battery pack.
In comparison, the Tata Xpres-T EV is powered by a 3-Phase induction motor with 39.4 bhp and 105Nm of peak torque. Thanks to the additional torque, the Tata Xpres-T EV is likely to have a more responsive drive under load. Apart from that, the Tata Xpres-T EV comes with two battery pack options - 16.5kWh and 21.5kWh.
Range & Charging
Though the Mahindra eVerito has been in the market for some time, and the MIDC range of the eVerito is rated at 181 kilometres. In terms of charging, the Mahindra eVerito can charge from 0 to 80 per cent in just 1 hour and 30 minutes using a suitable DC fast charger.
On the other hand, the Tata Xpres-T EV equipped with the smaller battery pack takes 65 minutes to charge to 80 per cent capacity, and the model is claimed to do 165 kilometres on a full charge. However, the variant equipped with the larger 21.5kWh battery pack requires 1 hour and 50 minutes to achieve the same feat and this variant is claimed to cover 213 kilometres on a full charge.
In terms of dimension, the Mahindra eVerito is clearly the bigger vehicle and measures 4,247mm long, 1,740mm wide, 1,540mm tall. Moreover, the model sports a wheelbase of 2,630mm and a boot space of 510 litres.
In comparison, the Tata Xpres-T EV measures 3,993mm long, 1,677mm wide, 1,537mm tall, and the wheelbase measures at 2,450mm. Moreover, the boot space of the Xpres-T EV stands at just 255 litres.
Prices for the Mahindra eVerito starts from Rs 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base D2 variant. On the other hand, the prices for Tata Xpres-T EV starts at Rs 13.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base XM+ variant.
Looking at the specifications, the Mahindra eVerito seems to be a very good buy for fleet operators as the model offers a comparatively decent range and comes with a large boot, making it ideal for airport runs. However, on the other hand, the Tata Xpres-T EV offers more range, and the company is also keen on developing charging infrastructure, making it more ideal for large fleet operators.