Mahindra & Mahindra, the sole player in the electric vehicle segment in India has received a massive order for producing 10,000 EVs and 4,000 chargers from Energy Efficiency Service Ltd. (EESL). For those not in the know, EESL is a joint venture of PSUs, which falls under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The 4000 chargers will comprise 3000 slow chargers and 1000 direct fast chargers, which comply with Bharat AC-oo1 and DC-001 charger specification. Also Read – Mahindra TUV300 Plus Long Wheelbase SUV Launching Soon
Media reports suggest, these electric cars and chargers will be used for coal, mining, power and new and renewable energy ministries. While some of them will be used for renting to other government departments. This comes in as a first step towards the Government and NITI Aayog’s plan to mass shift to EVs by 2030. Also Read – Upcoming Mahindra Cars In India
With Government’s aggressive plan to go all electric, Mahindra & Mahindra, currently the only manufacturer of electric vehicles in India, is all set to take the challenge. Mahindra Electric, a division of Mahindra’s Group dedicated for producing electric vehicles, is eager to benefit from the new business opportunity. In a bid to expand its electric arm acquired from Reva Electric Car Company, M&M has so far invested a whopping amount of Rs 600 crore. Also Read – Mahindra XUV Aero | Mahindra XUV300 SUV
The company eyes expanding its assembly capacity to 60,000 units annually by 2019-2020. That said, Mahindra is planning to build a new facility in Chakan with an estimated annual capacity of 48,000 units. The company could expand the capacity of Bengaluru plant by 7,000 units to take the total number to 12,000 units.
Along with the expansion plans, the company is also working at making its electric vehicles more efficient. It is said to use new electric drivetrains with power output ranging between 41-204hp for future EVs. Furthermore, the company is aiming to achieve 250-350km range and 4-5 seconds of time for 0 to 60km/h sprint with a tops-peed of 200km/h.