Mahindra e-Verito and e2o are to form part of the fleet of a major taxi and ride-sharing service, Uber soon. The two companies have announced they will explore the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) on the Uber platform in several cities across India. The two mobility providers will deploy hundreds of electric vehicles in Delhi and Hyderabad to begin with. The development comes after a huge row over hazardous levels of air pollutants were detected in and around Delhi and NCR region over a prolonged period of time, giving rise to health problems for many. Now though, in a step towards a cleaner environment, Ola and Uber are poised to incorporate electric cars into their fleet. Mahindra & Mahindra has so far been at the forefront of India's shift towards electric cars with it e2o and electric Verito. M&M's electric journey started seven years back with the acquisition of Reva and over 4000 Mahindra electric vehicles have been sold. Mahindra has already invested Rs 500 crore in development of electric vehicles and plans to invest another Rs 600 crore over the next two-three years.
Mahindra is currently at a capacity of 500 units and aims to reach a production capacity of 1000 units within five months and eventually take it up to 5000 units a month by 2019. The pilot programme, launching the e-Verito and e2o Plus in Uber Delhi and Hyderabad fleet, will include driver education and training relating to various aspects of electric vehicles.
"Electric vehicle adoption is clearly gaining momentum in India. As the pioneers of electric vehicles in the country, we would like to be at the forefront, leading this change toward smart and sustainable mobility. Our collaboration with Uber is an important next step to help accelerate the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles on shared mobility platforms, and meet the nation's vision for EVs," Dr Pawan Goenka, MD Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said, adding that 3.5 lakh EVs will have to sell every month if India aims to achieve 100% EVs on its roads.
Through this collaboration, driver partners on the Uber app can avail a package which will include Mahindra EVs at competitive prices, attractive financing and insurance premiums as well as comprehensive maintenance packages from Mahindra and its associates.
Charging infrastructure is key to gain drivers trust towards e-mobility. In next few months Uber and M&M will come up with viable points to setup charging stations in Delhi and Hyderabad. Every EV charger in India so far is supplied by M&M. Charging will soon become a business in itself and once more players come in, M&M will withdraw from providing electric charging.
Tata Motors is also getting its electric game strong with the electric version of the Tiago being showcased in the UK and now, only recently we reported that the Nano is also going to join the electric world. The new electric Tata Nano will be a Jayem Automotives product and will be called Jayem Neo, and is slated to be launched in Ola Cabs this month.
Besides Uber, Mahindra group's e-vehicle arm Mahindra Electric has said that it has partnered with car rental firm Zoomcar, wherein the former's twenty e2oPlus vehicles will be deployed on the latter's platform in Hyderabad.
Mahindra Electric is also offering fast-charging services to enhance the EV experience for Zoomcar's customers, with fast charging compatible vehicles. Both the organisations had inaugurated the initiative last week by launching 20 EVs in Mysuru and intend to replicate the model in Chandigarh and Delhi soon.
Mahindra e-Verito is powered by a 72V 3-phase AC induction motor that produces 41 hp at 3,500 rpm and 91 Nm at 3,000 rpm, which can propel it to a top speed of 86 km/h. The e-Verito can seat five persons and the boot capacity is 510 litres. The electric car has a claimed range of 110 km in one full charge.