Exclusive: Mahindra 2 Wheelers to go fully electric with the exception of one motorcycle

Mahindra 2 Wheelers will sell their scooters, most likely, in export markets while the Peugeot electric scooters could be sold here from premium dealerships.

By: | Updated: November 19, 2019 5:44 PM
Image of the Mahindra Gusto RS used for reference

Mahindra 2 Wheelers hasn't been quite active this year. In fact, the only noise they made was when the Mojo with ABS came out. Mahindra launched it silently and only those with their eyes peeled on the website as well as showrooms could understand. However, the water runs deeper than what its silent surface projects. Express Drives has come to know that Mahindra 2 Wheelers plans to electrify its range in the coming days. It is highly likely that there will be one prototype at the Auto Expo 2020. A source close to the development revealed that the Mahindra scooters listed on the company website will all be electric and only the Mojo will be updated to BS-VI. The latter is because of the close association with Jawa Motorcycles. In fact, the Jawa 42 and the Jawa use a slightly modified version of the Mojo's engine.

The source adds that these Mahindra electric scooters might not be sold in the Indian market. Instead, they will be exported. The premium that these electric scooters will demand might not be justified in the local market. What we will get though are Peugeot electric scooters. Mahindra recently completed the acquisition of the brand. The scooters are likely to have Peugeot design but then the powertrain will likely be localised. With the premium image of Peugeot, Mahindra should not have a problem retailing them at the cost decided by the company and not by the market. There could be separate dealerships for Peugeot electric two-wheelers in India.

At present, it is unconfirmed if the Mahindra scooters have got the requisite Combi Braking System. The technical specifications on the website don't say much. Moreover, the Mahindra 2 Wheeler dealers we tried contacting didn't respond. Speaking of which, most of the Mahindra 2 Wheeler dealers have shut shop. A dealer who had a Mahindra 2 Wheeler dealership told Express Drives that the models were slow selling and there were no updates as well. Only the Mojo did reasonable business, however the delay in bringing out the ABS version sounded the knell. Currently, Mahindra sells the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter with a 60km range in the US.

We reached out to Mahindra 2 Wheelers for a comment. However, the company chose not to comment.

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