Uber Partners Mahindra & Mahindra to deploy EVs

Uber India and Mahindra & Mahindra have entered a partnership to include electric vehicles on the Uber platform in several Indian cities...

Uber India and Mahindra & Mahindra have entered a partnership to include electric vehicles on the Uber platform in several Indian cities. It will start with two of the most polluted cities in the world—Delhi and Hyderabad.

The first batch of vehicles is likely to hit the streets in February and the initial three months will be used to get the infrastructure in place. The e2oplus hatch and the e-Verito sedan from Mahindra will be the electric vehicles deployed by Uber’s platform.

Mahindra & Mahindra has already tied up with Uber’s rival, Ola, to build an electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur, and with Zoomcar to launch 20 e20 Plus. Image credit - thehindubusinessline.com

"As a pioneer, we would like to be at the forefront, leading this change towards smart and sustainable mobility. Our collaboration with Uber is an important next step to help accelerate the large scale adoption of EVs on shared mobility platforms and meet the nations vision of EVs, " said Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra.

He also stated that electric vehicle adoption is gaining momentum and support from state governments, shared mobility providers and vehicle-makers.

Mahindra’s e2oplus hatch. Image credit – india.com

This partnership allows driver partners on the Uber app to utilize a package, which will include Mahindra electric vehicles at competitive prices, attractive financing and insurance premiums as well as comprehensive maintenance package.

Mahindra and Uber will work closely with public and private players, who are in the process of setting up a common use charging ecosystem across multiple locations in the cities. This process will be much more effective instead of manufacturers creating their own system.

From the current production of 500 units, Mahindra has plans of ramping up capacity to 5,000 EV units a month. It had entered into a tie-up with Ola for a pilot project in Nagpur, where Mahindra has already deployed several hundred units in the city, with cabs doing over a million kilometers. Goenka said this has been a very successful pilot, and expansion into New Delhi and Hyderabad will further accelerate the electrification.

The e-Verito. Image credit – IBTimes India.

Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer at Uber India and emerging markets, says Uber aims to build a more sustainable future of mobility, moving more people needing on-demand service, with more efficient vehicle trips, in alignment with the government’s vision.

"We see a key role in high efficiency vehicle technologies and therefore this collaboration with Mahindra will be beneficial for not just Uber but for our driver partners too in cities that we operate, " added Kannan.


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