Mahindra has helped Ford to develop Aspire EV model and it will be launched next year in India; could use same powertrain from e-Verito
Ford is going through one of the toughest times in the Indian market as the American manufacturer is yet to make a profit in one of the biggest car markets in the world. The company has invested more than $2 billion dollars in India in the past 20 years of existence but the problem for Ford is that they always rely on one model to drive growth.
The EcoSport is the only model, which is bringing good numbers in India as the company had high hopes with the second generation of Figo and Aspire compact sedan, but sadly both of them didn’t hit the sales chart on fire. The company is not losing hope in the Indian market and has exciting future plans.
The company is going to launch Figo and Aspire facelift models soon in India to capitalize on the festival season rush. Ford has joined hands with Mahindra again and they are planning to develop new SUVs and electric vehicles for the Indian market initially before launching these products in other emerging markets.
According to a new report, Mahindra has helped Ford to develop Aspire EV model and it will be launched next year in India. The Aspire EV might be powered by the same powertrain from e-Verito as the latter comes with 3-phase 72V induction motor producing 30.5 kW (41 hp) of power and 91 Nm of torque.
The claimed range of e-Verito is 110 km and it takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to top up the battery using the fast charger, as standard charger might take more time. But Mahindra is also working on a new electric powertrain, which offers better performance and improved range compared to the current system.
The central government is going to announce FAME 2.0 (Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) soon and depending on the capacity of the battery, the government will give Rs. 10,000 for each kilowatt. The Ford Aspire electric Version’s customers could get around Rs. 1 to Rs. 1.5 lakh discount, which will certainly help Ford to improve sales.