Mahindra and Ford joined hands to develop EV technology and platforms; likely to create new EV lineup
Mahindra and Ford have already signed global partnership to share technology and platforms for electric vehicles. Now the two auto majors are mulling plan to extend the alliance and roll out a range of all-new electric vehicles in the Indian market. Ford has already announced its tie up with a Chinese automaker to launch new EVs in that country and Mahindra is hopeful about a similar project for domestic market.
Mahindra is currently the only player present in Indian EV market with its products like e2o Plus, e-Verito and e-Supro. As India is gearing up to adopt zero emission pure electric mobility by 2030, the homegrown auto major aims to grab a significant chunk of the high potential market. With Ford’s help in same, the brand will be able to grow significantly.
While the possibility of these two brands extending their partnership to develop new range of electric vehicles in India is pretty high, there is no official announcement yet. But, Mahindra boss Anand Mahindra has cleared that they have a good chance to do so. In that case, we can expect the auto manufacturers coming forward and announce the project in near future.
Under their current partnership, Mahindra is supposed to use Ford’s small car platform for its future electric vehicles, while the American auto major will borrow Mahindra’s electric powertrain technology that is used in EVs like e2o Plus, e-Verito.
Apart from the current EVs on sale, Mahindra is also working on other models like KUV100 and XUV500. The KUV100 EV is expected to be launched in late 2018, while the XUV500 EV could roll out sometime in 2019. The brand has just launched its new plant in US that will focus on producing a new off-roader based on the Mahindra Thar and it will be christened as Roxor.