Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group that manufactures electric vehicles (EV) has announced that the company has adopted this future mobility programme with EVs in order to curb rising pollution levels, provide clean air and reduce urban congestion as well as fuel import bills.
The Government of India will also tender for electric vehicles, for private and public use as a part of a shared mobility programme. The company's range of EVs will provide long range, higher speeds and connected car technologies for personal as well as shared connectivity.
Furthermore, Mahindra is also working with the ecosystem stakeholders, both private and public that will help faster adaptation of electric vehicles, including setting up of charging infrastructure, fleet operations and delivering mobility as service in smart cities, which are currently under development.
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 will invest in the project EV 2.0 and will expand the manufacturing and charging infrastructure. It will develop new, high-end electric powertrains, motor controllers, systems integration and battery technology.
Mahesh Babu, CEO of 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”.
This is not an entirely new direction for the car manufacturer, Mahindra --in 2010-- acquired the Bengaluru-based Reva Electric Car Company. The company has also changed its nomenclature to the Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited. Currently, there are about 2,700 electric vehicles on the road from the Mahindra stable that have travelled a sum-total of 40 million Kms on Indian roads.