Mahindra Electric plans Future Of Mobility with EV 2.0 for India

Mahindra Electric Mobility Limtied, a part of Mahindra Group has revealed an extensive technology and product roadmap referred as EV 2.0. Currently, India’s only EV manufacturer with indigenously developed EV technologies, the company is pushing the limits of technology and innovation.

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With the ever increasing concerns over pollution, increase in road traffic and escalating fuel import bills, electric mobility is set to become mainstream. This fact has been acknowledged by the Government of India (GOI) and it is actively pursuing rapid adoption of electric vehicles, for private as well as public sector. The GOI has planned all vehicles to shift to electric by 2030.

Mahindra has been a pioneer of electric vehicle technology in India since it acquired the Bengaluru-based Reva Electric Car Company in 2010. It is presently offering EVs, suitable for personal as well as shared and last mile connectivity. The products available for sale include e2o Plus hatchback, eVerito sedan and the eSupro commercial van which also comes in a cargo variant.

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Mahindra Electric will also launch a new 3-wheeler in the coming months. It will be powered by lead acid batteries and will be offered with a swappable battery option. Also, a small bus having a seating capacity of 32 passengers is being developed which should be on sale by next year.

Mahindra Electric is also significantly investing in next generation EV technology solutions. The company is working towards increasing the range and speed and equip the next generation EVs with connected car technologies. It is currently focusing on providing affordable and suitable for Indian weather EV products in the mass mobility segment.

mahindra esupro van

In order to promote the faster adoption of Electric vehicles, Mahindra is actively engaging with the ecosystem stakeholders. It is targeting fleet operators and has already tied up with Bengaluru-based, Lithium Cabs and another fleet operator in Delhi. Mahindra will also provide almost 200 eVerito sedans to a new taxi service that will be introduced in Nagpur.

The company has also supplied eSupro cargo vans to Brring Integrated Logistics which provides last-mile delivery services for Big Basket. Mahindra Electric is in talks with more players in the fleet and logistic industry to utilize electric vehicles.

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Speaking on the Mahindra’s EV roadmap, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. & Chairman, Mahindra Electric, said, “The time has now arrived for EVs to become mainstream and Mahindra has the right technology and products for India. We will actively engage with the Government, both at the centre and the state, municipal bodies and other private players for setting up a robust EV ecosystem. We are also ramping up our investments towards developing the next generation of EV technologies and products that will cater to the smart cities of tomorrow.

Mahindra Electric is also working together with SsangYong Motors to develop new drivetrains which will have more power and torque and better battery packs that will substantially increase the driving range. Both companies are also working on improving the electronics to provide faster charging times. These technologies will force its way into the next generation electric passenger cars from Mahindra and SsangYong. We can expect the first of these products rolling out by second half of 2019.

mahindra xuv aero concept
Mahindra XUV Aero could be the first all-electric high-end offering from the company

The company is setting up facilities to step up the production of battery packs which will lead to production of more EVs. Mahindra Electric aims to produce around 5000 units per month over the next two years.

Mahesh Babu – CEO, Mahindra Electric, said, “At Mahindra Electric our focus goes beyond just developing electric vehicles as we strive towards investing in next generation technology solutions and globally competitive products, to drive faster adoption of electric vehicles. With EV 2.0 we have laid out a clear roadmap for electric mobility in India, at par with our global counterparts and are future ready to set out for the next phase of our EV journey”.

There is a strong likelihood that the high-end electric product coming out from the company would be based on the Mahindra XUV Aero Concept. Mr. Goenka had also mentioned that Pininfarina, the Italian car design firm that Mahindra purchased in late 2015 is also working on an all-new electric vehicle. It will be a high-end luxury product and targeted at markets outside India.