Uber will start by deploying 50 of Mahindra’s EVs in Hyderabad
Mahindra & Mahindra has announced the deployment of its electric vehicles with Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ride-sharing company, to provide zero emission mobility in Hyderabad.
Earlier, Mahindra had announced its strategic collaboration with Uber, to explore the deployment of EVs on its platform in several cities across India. To begin with, the companies will deploy 50 Mahindra EVs in Hyderabad and scale up over a period of time. Mahindra’s EVs on the Uber platform will include the e2oPlus hatch and the eVerito sedan.
To make this model sustainable, Mahindra has worked closely with public and private players who have initially set-up over 30 common use charging points across multiple locations, in this rapidly developing city.
Mahindra Electric CEO Mahesh Babu said: “As the pioneers of electric mobility in India we have always been at the forefront of smart and sustainable mobility. Our collaboration with Uber is aimed at accelerating the large scale adoption of electric vehicles on shared mobility platforms, thereby driving a positive change in daily commute. Going forward we plan to further deploy our vehicles across multiple cities on the Uber platform.”
Uber head of vehicle solutions for Asia Pacific Deepankar Tiwari said: “Uber is committed towards adoption of cleaner and environmentally friendly technologies to power urban mobility and our partnership with Mahindra and Mahindra is a step in that direction. We are excited about the tremendous potential of electric vehicles in India and are committed to supporting the government’s vision of building a viable infrastructure to accelerate the speedy induction of even more EV’s.”
These vehicles will be deployed through partners such as A to Z universal solutions (eee- Taxi) and others to begin with in Hyderabad. This will make it easier to adopt electric mobility and enable the cities to be more environmentally friendly.
As part of this collaboration, both companies will also explore the deployment of Mahindra EVs in other cities. The joint deployment of EVs will further reinforce the strong relationship between Mahindra and Uber.
Through this collaboration with Mahindra, driver partners on the Uber app can avail of a package which will include Mahindra EVs at competitive prices, attractive financing and insurance premiums as well as comprehensive maintenance packages from Mahindra and its associates.
Mahindra will also support this initiative with driver education and training related to various aspects of EVs. Going forward, EVs will play a major role in reducing urban pollution plaguing several Indian cities and resulting in a green and clean environment.
With the increased penetration of EVs and eventual 100% transition, the country and its citizens stand to benefit tremendously. All these initiatives align perfectly with Mahindra’s Rise philosophy of empowering people with the right products and services to enhance the quality of their lives and livelihood.