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The best low-emission cars, to help drive a greener future

16 Nov 2021
Mobility is changing. And it's not just the release of newer, sleeker cars with the latest technology and features. It's a shift in perspective. Today, more than ever, people are considering the 'true cost of comfort', beyond just money. This includes factors such as emissions, pollution, and the impact that cars have on the environment.

This change in perspective drives India's EV ambitions. With many incentives on the cards for early movers, lower running and maintenance costs are attractive benefits of switching to electric mobility

There are many types of electric vehicles, and each type comes with its own set of pros (and cons). However, lower emissions are a huge promise all EVs make, and some live up to it very well. If you're looking to make the switch to a car with lower emissions, we've got just the right thing for you. Here's a quick roundup of the best low-emissions cars - hybrids and battery EVs - you can lease. Have a read!
  • Mahindra E2O Plus: Mahindra's impressive 2-door hatchback EV, the E2O plus reminds one of India's first tryst with EVs - the Reva. The compact E2O runs on a powerful 15kWh battery, clubbed with a 3 Phase AC Induction Motor that can produce 70 Nm @1050 r/min. The E2O delivers a range of 120 km on a full charge. This is backed by its solid regenerative braking technology, which can bring you extra mileage when you need it the most. Being a battery EV, it produces zero tailpipe emissions, promising a green ride and reprise from ever-increasing fuel prices.
  • Tata Nexon EV: The Tata Nexon EV automatic boasts of a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, that can take you from 0-100 Km/h in just 9.9 seconds! Its 60-minute fast charging capabilities and 312 Km range ensure you never run out of juice on your adventures. The Nexon EV makes for a great city car, with ample space, and a driving experience like never before. Being a zero-emission, zero-decibel vehicle, it's also perfect to drive into the heart of nature, on your next escapade.
  • Mahindra eVerito: This zero-emission car is dubbed India's first EV! Featuring a three-phase 72 V electric motor, which produces 91 Nm of torque and 41 PS of power, the eVerito is a decent entry-level EV that can be your gateway into electric mobility. With a battery capacity of 21 kWh and a range of 181 km on a full charge, the eVerito is a small car that can do big things. The eVerito features an electro-hydraulic power steering for effortless driving Now you can keep range anxiety at bay, with Mahindra Electric's REVive feature and regenerative braking.
  • Hyundai Kona Electric: India's first all-electric SUV is an absolute powerhouse. With a predicted range of 452 km per full charge, the Kona electric boasts a 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 9.7 seconds! The EV comes with a battery warranty of 8 years/1,60,000 km, and an impressively low running cost that amounts to just about 1/5th of that of a fuel-powered car. The Kona electric supports DC fast charging that can take you from 0-80% in just 57 minutes, and needless to say, it comes with zero tailpipe emissions.
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS: Back in 2015, the Ciaz Hybrid was touted as India's most fuel-efficient car, at 28 km/L. Over the years, Maruti Suzuki's first hybrid vehicle, with Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) has fared well. Its Next-Generation Smart Hybrid Technology with its Lithium-ion and Lead-acid dual battery set up enhances the driving experience. Regenerative braking charges up the batteries, which assist the engine's idle-start-stop and torque assist functions. The engine is BS6 compliant, and promises lower tailpipe emissions, without a compromise on fuel efficiency and performance.
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid: The Camry Hybrid is home to Toyota's 4th Gen self-charging hybrid electric engine - a combination of a powerful 4-cylinder 2.5L engine and an 88 kW electric motor. Coupled with regenerative braking, these two engines work in harmony to optimise performance, fuel efficiency and emissions. Built on the success of Toyota's Prius Hybrid, the Camry fares well with an estimated CO2 emission of about 140 g/km - that's about 2 tons less CO2 per year than an equivalent car in the same class.

These were some green recommendations for your switch to electric mobility. Next steps? Explore leasing your favourite EV or hybrid with ALD! This way, you don't just cut down on emissions, but also on undue costs, maintenance and repairs hassles, and the stress of ownership. What's more, you don't bear any hefty upfront costs either. Just easy monthly lease rentals that bring you a host of add-on services.

To know more about car leasing with ALD, click here.

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