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Old 8th December 2017, 18:31   #1
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Mahindra plans to launch three new electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2019-20. Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric Mobility revealed this information during a seminar held at the Norwegian Embassy in Delhi.

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Out of the three new EVs planned, one will be an all-electric version of the KUV100, while the other two will include an SUV and a crossover. Mahindra claims that the new electric cars will have top speeds of 150 km/h, 186 km/h and 190 km/h and will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds, 9 seconds and 8 seconds respectively. The company also claims that the new models will be able to cover distances of 250 km, 350 km and 300 km respectively on a single charge.

Mahindra is also working on reducing the time required to recharge the batteries. According to Mahesh Babu, it will be possible to recharge the batteries in 40 minutes, instead of 1-1.5 hours. The company also believes that batteries would get cheaper by 2020, which would help bring down the cost of EVs in India.

At present, Mahindra is the only manufacturer selling electric cars in India. Their current offerings include the e2o Plus, eVerito, eSupro and eAlfa mini.

Source: Economic Times
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# The company also claims that the new models will be able to cover distances of 250 km, 350 km and 300 km respectively on a single charge.
# According to Mahesh Babu, it will be possible to recharge the batteries in 40 minutes, instead of 1-1.5 hours.
If they can achieve this it will not only be creditable but also make their EVs practical to buy and use at least within city driving.
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The company also believes that batteries would get cheaper by 2020, which would help bring down the cost of EVs in India.
That is a reasonable assumption and in my opinion most likely to happen as the world edges towards EVs
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At present, Mahindra is the only manufacturer selling electric cars in India. Their current offerings include the e2o Plus, eVerito, eSupro and eAlfa mini.
While they have not had success in a serious measure one must admire M&M's strategic vision and pluck. Their perseverance to go down the EV path could very well pay off in time. Good to see an Indian company leading the way on affordable EVs. In 10 years time it could be their route to becoming a global producer of affordable and utility EVs. Some may be cynical but it takes 15 years to build a real business.
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More details from the seminar with some slides of the presentation. This is very good news and hope that they meet those timelines (2019-20).
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http://www.autocarpro.in/news-nation...019-2020-27373

I have been following the Mahinda EV efforts and the executives comments for the last 1 year. Things seems to have changed drastically in quick time this year. Even though they were selling Reva and Verito for the last few years they were mostly reluctant to put more money into new EV platforms and cars.

Reasons for the drastic changes in Mahindra's plans:
  • Global automobile world shift towards to EVs
  • Lower GST (12%) on full-electric vehicles (and higher tax on hybrids)
  • Huge orders from EESL (10,000 per auction) and plan to change entire govt fleet to EVs over time
  • Central govt's announcement to shift to EVs by 2030 and the upcoming policies for EVs.
  • Tata beating them in EESL auction despite Mahindra being leader for the last few years for EVs
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Is the picture of Ssangyong Tivoli an indication for the next EV in line? They have already been testing it extensively in India.

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Then there is this report as well..

NDTV: Mahindra Electric To Play Key Role In SsangYong's Electric Vehicle Plans

A good B-segment electric 'compact SUV' would be lucrative.
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The whole electric driveline for this vehicle from concept ---> design---> testing ---> sourcing ---> manufacturing will be done by AVL, as always is the case with Mahindra.
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The third EV looks like XUV Aero concept! Seems like flagship model with the best performance specs.
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Mahindra claims that the new electric cars will have top speeds of 150 km/h, 186 km/h and 190 km/h and will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds, 9 seconds and 8 seconds respectively.
Mahindra is taking a leaf out of Tesla's book. That is, make EVs 'cool' to build a following. Those are very impressive numbers. Imagine an electric Mahindra out-dragging a Mercedes C-Class.

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The company also claims that the new models will be able to cover distances of 250 km, 350 km and 300 km respectively on a single charge.
Impressive again. These are more than enough for 99% of the population.

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The whole electric driveline for this vehicle from concept ---> design---> testing ---> sourcing ---> manufacturing will be done by AVL, as always is the case with Mahindra.
Really? Does Mahindra still need AVL today when it has built in-house capabilities? Not to mention, adding Reva electric to their group?
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By the way, the numbers quoted by Mahindra (below picture) for electric range require some attention.
  • KUV100 EV: 350 KM (EPA)
  • SUV: 250 KM (NEDC)
  • Crossover: 300 KM (NEDC)

EPA: This is by USA and more closer to real world range.
NEDC: This is European standard and overly optimistic in range estimation.

In general, real world range will be only 70% of the NEDC range. So in this case, SUV range will be 250 x 0.7 = 175 KM and Crossover range will be 210KM. Mahindra must be using smaller batteries in these two models. On other hand, KUV100 EV range is very impressive if the claimed 350KM (EPA) range is true.
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Really? Does Mahindra still need AVL today when it has built in-house capabilities? Not to mention, adding Reva electric to their group?
I don't know what in-house capabilities Mahindra has, but few people I have come across who were part of Mahindra before say that AVL has always been the development partner in any of their vehicle (their contribution might vary) and even now it's the same. And from personal experience I know that to be true.

I came to know about this when I was informed by the person who heads the team from the AVL side (sometime in August). Seems Mr. Mahesh Babu himself was part of the negotiation team. The project would have started by now. At that time it was surprising that Mahindra is developing an electric SUV, but now I know for sure.
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