Mahindra works on world’s most affordable electric SUV as it pushes to expand the zero-emission powertrain across its capable model lineup
The largest manufacturer of SUVs in the country, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), has been reported to have kick started the works on developing the most affordable electric SUV ever. The home –grown company’s subsidiary responsible for electric vehicles, Mahindra Electric, will be spearheading the new project.
The SUV won’t be full-sized but compact in shape powered by an electric source. Internally codenamed as S107 according to ET Auto, it will be the next operation following the e-Vertito sedan launched recently. Mahindra is said to be trying to build a synergy on its SUV manufacturing strength with the electric drivetrain possibilities learned from the EV division.
Mahindra announced its intentions in making a electric supercar branded as Pininfarina, the famous Italian firm recently bought by the Indian conglomerate. It was said to rival Tesla Motors’ all-electric vehicles as M&M seeks way to promote Pininfarina as a separate automotive firm.
Mahindra sells the small E20 hatchback as its entry-level EV in foreign markets and showcased a few electric concepts at the Indian Auto Expo’s 2016 and previous editions. As e-Verito primarily focuses on the volume segment, the compact SUV will be hoping to meet the needs of utility vehicle enthusiasts amidst being practical and excellently frugal. Mahindra eyes big market share in this particular segment which one way or the other will become the force to reckon with.
Also in the pondering stage is an electric version of the KUV micro-SUV but nothing has been finalised yet. Mahindra seems to be slowly expanding its electric range from small commercial vehicles to passenger car space in the near future. While Mahindra Electric will continue driving towards determining and developing the technology, the aim will be to offer more affordable electric vehicles for masses.
Ford is speculated to be mulling over the possibilities of an electric EcoSport by 2021 and a CNG-fuelled version of the KUV is also under consideration. An annual production rate of 6,000 units are aimed as Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra have established a relationship to develop affordable electric and hybrid vehicles.
Source: ET Auto