Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd announced that it will join hands with Uber, the global transportation technology company, to explore the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) on the Uber platform in several cities across India. As a part of this collaboration, the companies will initially deploy hundreds of electric vehicles in Delhi and Hyderabad. Mahindra e2oPlus hatch and the eVerito sedan electric vehicles will be the available models on the Uber platform.
Both the companies will also explore deployment of Mahindra electric vehicles to other cities and aim to build the next generation sustainable solutions in the shared mobility space. The joint deployment of electric vehicles will further reinforce the strong relationship between Mahindra and Uber. Over the years, there has been a strong deployment of Mahindra vehicles on Uber’s platform and Mahindra is also a key financier for Uber’s driver partner through Mahindra Finance.
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 vehicles 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.”
With this collaboration, driver partners on the Uber app can would be offered with Mahindra electric vehicles at competitive prices, attractive financing and insurance premiums along with comprehensive maintenance packages from Mahindra and its associates. Further, for the sustenance of the model, Mahindra and Uber will work closely with public and private players who are in the process of setting-up a common use charging stations across multiple locations in the cities. Mahindra will provide support with driver education and training related to various aspects of electric vehicles.
Earlier, the government announced of welcoming electric mobility, electric vehicles will play a major role in reducing urban pollution plaguing several Indian cities and resulting in health hazards. 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 earnings.