Mahindra will supply 100 units of e2o Plus and e-Verito to Uber by March 2018; could expand the EV fleet later
Mahindra and Uber has joined hands to launch an electric vehicle fleet of 100 cars that will include both e2o Plus and e-Verito. These electric vehicles will hit the roads by March next year. This will be launched as a pilot project and initially it will be introduced in cities like Delhi and Hyderabad. At later stage, the app-based cab service provider is expected to expand the fleet.
Interestingly, Mahindra has already partnered with another app-based cab service provider Ola to introduce an EV fleet in Nagpur. Considering the fact of alarmingly high level of air pollution in Delhi, this electric vehicle fleet is expected to help in reducing pollution there. Also, this partnership will help in boosting zero emission electric mobility across the country by 2030, as planned by Indian government under the Mission EV 2030 strategy.
Mahindra is currently the sole operator in the Indian electric car market with its products like e2o Plus hatchback, e-Verito electric compact sedan and e-Supro. The brand is also aiming to introduce an electric version of KUV100 and XUV500 models. The KUV100 EV will be launched here in late next year.
To increase its sales and market share in the Indian EV market, Mahindra is also emphasising on ramping up production. The automaker aims to produce 1,000 EVs per month and it will gradually increase up to 5,000 units per month by the end of 2019. The production hike is expected to begin in next six months.
As the auto major says, partnership with Uber is an important milestone in the brand’s EV drive. It will help the company to boost the EV project further. Also, this partnership is expected to give Mahindra a sustainable growth in the domestic EV market. Apart from launching the EV fleet, both the companies will work closely in developing charging infrastructure as well.