Mumbai: Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that it will invest an additional Rs 500 crore at its Chakan plant near Pune, Maharashtra to expand its EV portfolio. The homegrown carmaker has also signed two pacts with the state government regarding EVs. The carmaker plans on rolling out 1,000 EVs in the state over a period of a year. The carmaker also said that it will be providing 25 e2o Plus electric hatchbacks to self-drive rental company Zoomcar on the occasion of World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5.
The MoUs were signed by Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary, Industries on behalf of the Government of Maharashtra and Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in the presence of the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group and other dignitaries. The joint declarations have been signed to further the Government’s vision to make Maharashtra a globally competitive state for EVs and component manufacture and to maximize the adoption of EVs in the state.
Under the aegis of the first MoU, the company will make efforts to become fully electric ready by further investing in its Chakan plant for the manufacture of EVs, e-motor, controller, battery pack and other electric vehicle components for multiple mobility applications related to battery pack assembly of EVs. As part of this expansion plan, the company will invest an additional Rs. 500 crore. The second MoU underlines the intent to explore a strategic alliance to enable Mahindra to deploy EVs across key cities in Maharashtra. Towards this, both the company and the Government will work closely with various fleet partners, taxi aggregators, logistics companies, amongst others to deploy 1,000 electric cars over the next 1 year.
Speaking on the expansion plans and deployment of EVs, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, "We are delighted to announce the next phase of our EV expansion plans at Chakan and would like to thank the Government of Maharashtra for their continuous and unstinted support. At Mahindra, we have pioneered the sustainable mobility cause in India and have remained committed to it for almost a decade. Now, we are investing further in next-generation EV technology solutions and are actively engaging with the ecosystem stakeholders, both private and public to drive faster adoption of electric vehicles. The Government of Maharashtra recognizes this fact and we are delighted to make the state a key partner in our growth over the coming years.”
The first deployment of EVs, as part of the MoU, will see 25 e2oPlus vehicles ported on the Zoomcar platform in Mumbai, on the occasion of World Environment Day. The range of applications for the deployment of these EVs across the key cities of the state will include employee transport between office and home for corporates, taxi-hailing, ride sharing and self-drive car rental amongst others.
The company will also liaison with technology partners for motor controller, power electronics, battery pack, drivetrain and other parts and components, which are currently being imported. The company will supply EV battery pack, motors and controllers, power electronics, battery pack, drivetrain, other parts/components of EVs, battery assembly and electric vehicles to MVML and M&M plants and other Group companies as well as to other customers. The Mahindra Group has been at the forefront of promoting electrical mobility and this strategic alliance with the State Government will bring in a paradigm shift in passenger commuting and considerably mitigate air pollution. The Government of Maharashtra has conferred the status of ‘Pioneer Mega Project’ to this proposed expansion.