After getting into a tie-up with Ola in Nagpur, Mahindra Electric has now got into a tie-up with Meru to explore the use of eVeritos in the city of Nizams. As per the official press release, Mahindra Electric and Meru have got into a collaboration to pilot a project for EV taxis, using the Mahindra eVerito. The learnings from the pilot will facilitate the two companies to improve upon similar projects in other cities in the future.
The Mahindra eVerito will be available for booking in Hyderabad via Meru’s mobile app, website and also the Meru Zone at the Hyderabad airport. Charges will be governed by the rules laid down by the Telengana government for radio taxis in the state. Meru also mentioned that it plans to move a major part of its fleet to EVs in the next four years
As the nation continues its march towards adoption of e-vehicles, such kind of partnerships can lead the way to raise awareness and improve the infrastructure for e-vehicles in the country. The government too has been taking initiatives in the direction, for example, the large 10,000 e-vehicle EESL tender which was bagged by Tata Motors & Mahindra Electric in 70-30 share.
At the moment, Mahindra Electric continues to be the only e-vehicle manufacturer in the country which offers vehicles for the mass-market. The line-up consists of the E20 Plus hatchback and the eVerito sedan, both offering a driving range of 110-140 km., depending upon the variant.
Speaking on the collaboration Mahesh Babu, CEO Mahindra Electric said, “As pioneers of electric mobility, we at Mahindra Electric are happy to lead electric fleet adoption in India and are glad to partner with Meru for pilot deployment of eVeritos in Hyderabad. This is definitely going to make it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with our constant endeavor to make EVs more accessible to a larger urban population. We believe that innovative and unique partnership models like this pilot, will lead the way towards sustainable transportation in urban cities. We are now looking forward to working with Meru to have this project rolled out to more cities.”
Speaking on the new initiative, Nilesh Sangoi, CEO, Meru said “Electric Vehicle ecosystem is growing at a rapid pace towards the inflection point where it would soon bridge the viability gap. EVs’ potential to bring down the air pollution levels and savings in country’s energy bills is unparalleled. Government is actively promoting adoption of EVs through National Electric Mobility Mission and other initiatives through various ministries. We are launching a pilot in Hyderabad with Mahindra eVerito sedan cars in association with AimGreen. Based on the learnings of this pilot, we will expand this initiative to induct more EVs in our network in other cities that we operate in. Over next 4 years, we intend to move major part of our fleet to EVs. We believe that this initiative will greatly benefit the society, consumers and also enhance the earnings of our driver partners.”