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Mahindra & Mahindra Launches Fleet Of 200 Electric Vehicles In Nagpur
This pilot project will commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 of Mahindra’s new e2o Plus vehicles. The rest of the fleet will consist of vehicles from Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD, TVS amongst others.
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India's largest utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has partnered with online mobility platform Ola to launch country's first multi-modal electric vehicle project at the Nagpur airport complex on Friday (27 May).
This pilot project will commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 of Mahindra’s new e2o Plus vehicles. The rest of the fleet will consist of vehicles sources from other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD, TVS amongst others.
This all-electric fleet from the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. This was followed by the unveiling of Ola’s electric charging station, situated within the airport complex.
The company stated, "Ola has already invested upto Rs 50 crore towards electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, starting with 50+ charging points across 4 strategic locations in the city of Nagpur. Ola will also invest in training and educating driver partners on maintenance and use of in-car technology along with its key OEM partners like Mahindra.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said, “In support of this initiative, we have waived off VAT, road tax, and registration for all electric vehicles in the state, and we look forward to building Maharashtra as a model state for others to emulate in the future.”
Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari said, “There is an urgent need to re-think and revisit transport infrastructure and fuel dependency, not just in India, but globally. Large scale adoption of electric vehicles can bring the monumental change that we urgently need, and in this endeavour, we launched the 100 percent electric vehicle nation by 2030 mission. I look forward to working with them to make the 2030 vision a reality.”
Gadkari further added, "electric vehicles need to be promoted in order to cut down the huge crude oil bill, reduce pollution and create cost effectiveness in transportation. To begin with, the emphasis would be on commercial vehicles and then on others."
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Ola said, “The government has been extremely supportive towards kick-starting this initiative and we look forward to working with them and the various industry partners in building the electric vehicle ecosystem grounds up for India.”
Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra said, “As the pioneers of electric vehicles in India we are delighted to enable first sustainable shared mobility service in Nagpur, along with the Government of India and Ola. True to the spirit of ‘Make-in- India’, we shall lead this change in India along with the Government. This pilot will pave the wave for wider adoption of electric vehicles.”
Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Founder & CEO of Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions, said, “As India's largest electric three wheeler maker, we are excited to be partnering in this initiative with Ola by supplying 100 of our superior e-rickshaws, Kinetic Safar in Phase 1. These e-rickshaws will play a key part in providing seamless e-mobility at Nagpur, especially for last mile connectivity and for affordable short distance travel."