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Rumour: Mahindra developing electric SUV & performance car
Mahindra Electric is reportedly working on a 380V electric powertrain that will soon make it to production under an electric SUV and a performance car. This new powertrain was previewed under the e2o Sport hatch concept at last year's Auto Expo in Greater Noida.
Currently, Mahindra's Electric range consists of the e2oPlus, eSupro and eVerito, which are offered with either of the two available powertrains - 48V and 72V. With the larger 380V setup, Mahindra is aiming to enhance its car's range as well as performance. This new electric powertrain is expected to be used in an electric SUV, which might be based on the Mahindra Scorpio or the XUV500. Additionally, the company might also employ it for its range of commercial vehicles.
The manufacturer has also reportedly indicated that it will be developing a new high-end electric performance car. Reports suggest that Mahindra will be using its racing expertise from the Formula-E race team to develop the powertrain, while the design will be taken care of by Pininfarina.
Source: Autocar India
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Re: Mahindra developing world's most affordable electric SUV!
Mahindra has two problems here in their quest for developing EVs.
1) Target Country
2) Supporting Infrastructure.
If Mahindra targets developing countries like India etc. Well, however good their vehicles may turn out to be, but without a supporting infrastructure, it will amount to almost nothing. How many of us, however patriotic we are, go ahead and buy an all electric car/UV if it lands on our shores in the next couple of years? Hardly any! That's because we simply do not have the supporting infrastructure. I would take many years to develop such an infrastructure. The infrastructure should come first; then followed by the EVs, not the other way round.
Someone said above about Bolero->Scorpio->XUV. But you are forgetting that these had the same fundamentals of operation. i.e. run on Petrol/Diesel, which are supported by ample availability and infrastructure. If Mahindra were to team up with the GOI to develop such an infrastructure for their EVs, atleast in the cities it is targeting to launch, then there is scope for them to succeed. This would be a win-win situation for both the GOI and Mahindra. GOI would get to show this as a way of modernizing India, and Mahindra would have the first-mover advantage; on the lines of Maruti with their M800.
Secondly, if Mahindra thought. Hey, lets launch our EVs in Norway. They have a very good supporting infrastructure and a very good market for EVs. Then I am sorry to say. They will not succeed. They neither have the brand recall (something that TATA has gained after acquiring JLR) nor the quality to compete with those behemoths who are already established there. I have seen the reviews of the XUV5OO on Australian portals and I must admit, many of those are quite underwhelming.
Bit of a tricky path, I must say.
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