The country’s sole electric vehicles manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra has forged a partnership with Uber, with the aim of deploying hundreds of its electric hatchback e2oPlus and electric sedan eVerito on the cab aggregator’s platform in New Delhi and Hyderabad.
Confirming the development, Mahindra and Mahindra MD Pawan Goenka said, “As pioneers of electric vehicles in the country, we would like to be at the forefront, leading this charge towards smart and sustainable mobility.”
In addition to supplying the electric vehicles at competitive prices, the Mumbai-headquartered automotive giant will be providing insurance, maintenance and financing services to Uber and other companies that are part of the alliance.
As per the terms of the partnership, Uber and Mahindra will collaborate with other public as well as private entities to set up common-use charging stations in major cities across the country.
Mahindra had originally announced plans to enter the cab aggregator space with EVs in July 2017. At the time, Group Chairman Anand Mahindra had said, “The days of personal commuting may be limited, especially in congested cities and metros. Electric vehicles will be the preferred choice for the ride aggregators, as demand for petrol and diesel cars starts ‘tapering off’.”
The development comes days after Uber’s biggest competitor Ola joined hands with Tata Motors to launch Nano Electric Vehicle as part of its taxi fleet in Delhi/NCR. As per reports, the EV version of Tata Nano has been named Jayem Neo. For the project, Tata Motors will supply the Nano’s chassis and body shell without the engine and transmission. The actual EV will be manufactured by Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives.