Mahindra Electric, Zoomcar launch EVs for shared mobility in Mysuru

ANI | Updated: Nov 14, 2017 15:10 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 14 (ANI): Mahindra Electric, a subsidiary of the USD 19 billion Mahindra Group and Zoomcar, a car rental company on Tuesday announced the launch of a joint initiative to promote development of the sustainable mobility ecosystem in the city of Mysuru.

As part of this initiative, 20 e2oPlus vehicles, Mahindra's all-electric city smart car, and two fast charging units will be deployed on the Zoomcar platform, which can be hired by residents and visitors in the city.

These vehicles are financed as a part of larger Rs. two crore plus deal between Zoomcar and Mahindra Finance, which will see Zoomcar obtain customised EV financing.

The initiative is aimed at promoting connected, shared and electric mobility as a model, in line with the recommendations in the NITI Aayog report on the government's 2030 vision. Mysuru is being developed as a holistic EV ecosystem, in alignment with the Karnataka government's EV policy, which envisages going beyond metros. This is the first of its kind EV policy drafted by a state in the country.

"Mahindra Electric has been at the forefront of making electric mobility a reality in India not just through electric vehicles but also technology and mobility solution development. We are happy to be partnering with Zoomcar to promote EV adoption in India. This initiative is aligned with the Mysuru government's vision of being a clean and green city," said Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric.

"Zoomcar first introduced EVs for commercial use in Karnataka back in 2013 and this announcement today represents a dramatic expansion of our EV vision for the state. Mysuru has shown exceptional visionary leadership on various forward looking initiatives such as Public Bicycle Sharing in recent months. The rollout of EVs at scale coupled with best-in-class fast charging infrastructure is an extension of the Mysuru government's vision for a cleaner, greener India," added Greg Moran, co-Founder and CEO, Zoomcar.

Mahindra Electric is also offering fast charging services to enhance the EV experience for Zoomcar's customers. Currently, charging units have been installed at Country Inn and Garuda Mall, which can be used by EV users. With the government's support, the plan is to have more units installed at key locations in the future.

The organisations also intend to replicate this model in Chandigarh, Delhi and Hyderabad soon. (ANI)