Mahindra & Mahindra, India's second-biggest sport-utility vehicle maker, joined hands with Uber to run electric cabs in the country from early next year, amid a government push to electrify all vehicles by 2030. The company had entered into a tie-up with Ola for Nagpur pilot project where Mahindra has already deployed several hundred units in the city where the cabs have done over a million kilometers, which Goenka says has been a very successful pilot and expansion into New Delhi and Hyderabad will further accelerate the electrification. However, the companies have not provided any timeline for the rollout.
As part of this collaboration, both the companies will also explore deployment of Mahindra electric vehicles in other cities.
As part of the arrangement, driver partners on the Uber app can avail of a package that will include Mahindra electric vehicles at competitive prices, attractive financing and insurance premiums as well as comprehensive maintenance packages from M&M and its associates. "As the pioneers of electric vehicles in the country, we would like to be at the forefront, leading this change toward and sustainable mobility". Mahindra Electric's vehicles on the Uber platform will include the e20Plus hatchback and the eVerito sedan.
Recently the company collaborated with the self-drive auto rental startup Zoomcar by providing 20 e2oPlus vehicles in Mysuru, Karnataka.
The Telangana government will next month launch its policy for electric vehicles to provide incentives to manufacturers and private players setting up charging stations, a senior government official said on Thursday.
With an aim to create a pollution free environment the government of India is looking at options to gradually move to the electric vehicle domain.
"We are excited about our collaboration with the Mahindra Group to deploy electric vehicles in India".
The partnership with Mahindra gives Uber a head-start over India's Ola, its biggest rival in the fast-growing market.