On Friday Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd announced that it will collaborate with Uber, to explore the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) on the Uber platform in several cities across India.
To begin with, the companies will deploy hundreds of electric vehicles in Delhi and Hyderabad. Mahindra’s electric vehicles on the Uber platform will include the e2oPlus hatch and the eVerito sedan. As part of this collaboration, both the companies will also explore deployment of Mahindra electric vehicles to other cities. The joint deployment of electric vehicles will further reinforce the strong relationship between Mahindra and Uber.
Speaking on the collaboration, Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Electric vehicle adoption is clearly gaining momentum in India. As the pioneers of electric vehicles in the country, we would like to be at the forefront, leading this change toward smart and sustainable mobility. Our collaboration with Uber is an important next step to help accelerate the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles on shared mobility platforms, and meet the nation’s vision for EVs”.
According to Mr Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer, Uber India & Emerging Markets, “We are extremely excited about our collaboration with the Mahindra Group to deploy this electric vehicle pilot in India. Aligned with the government’s vision, we aim to build a more sustainable future of mobility, moving more people needing on-demand services with fewer, fuller, and more efficient vehicle trips. We see a key role for high-efficiency vehicle technologies, and therefore believe that this collaboration with Mahindra, the pioneers in the electric vehicles space, will be truly beneficial not just for Uber but for our driver partners, riders and the cities we operate in.”
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.
Mahindra will also support with driver education and training related to various aspects of electric vehicles. Going forward, electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing urban pollution plaguing several Indian cities and resulting in health hazards.