The home-grown automaker and UV giant, Mahindra and Mahindra have partnered with fleet aggregator Uber India to deploy electric vehicles in the national capital Delhi and Hyderabad. Under this collaboration, the two companies will deploy 100 vehicles in Delhi and Hyderabad, with the first batch likely to be supplied by February 2018. In the meantime, a proper infrastructure will be built to support these EVs, once they hit the roads.
Currently, Mahindra offers e20 Plus and e-Verito in its EV line-up, and both the models will be a part of Uber’s fleet of vehicles. The plan is to gradually deploy Mahindra’s EVs on the Uber Platform in other states in India. Read – Mahindra ROXOR Off-Roader Set To Launch In 2018
Besides supplying electric vehicles, this alliance will also include insurance, financing and maintenance. Both the partners will work with the public and private players for setting up a common use charging ecosystem at several locations in the country. Read – Mahindra Beats Toyota & Ford In JD Power 2017 Sales Satisfaction Index
With the government’s push for adopting electric mobility and completely transforming to electric vehicles by 2030, automakers in India are actively working towards achieving the target. Tata Motors recently entered into a partnership with JayemAutomotives for providing body shells of Nano that will be manufactured and marketed by the Coimbatore based company under the new ‘Neo’ nameplate. Set for launch on November 28, the first 400 units of Jayem Neo will be supplied to Ola Cabs at the launch. Read – Mahindra & Ford To Work Jointly On Electrification & Newer Technologies
Currently, the demand for electric vehicles in India is low. According to data, only 2000 units of electric vehicles were sold in India out of 3,046,727 units of total passenger vehicles sold during 2016-2017. This accounts for just 0.07 per cent of the total passenger vehicles sales in that period.