At a Seminar on Electric Vehicles and Green Shipping, held at Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, Mahindra Electric announced that the company is working on three new electric vehicles that would be ready by 2020.
Among the three new EVs, the first one will be a sub-4 metre compact SUV likely to be based on the KUV100 or SsangYong Tivoli, the second one will be a large SUV based on the XUV500, and finally a coupe-SUV premium offering based on the XUV Aero Concept that we saw at the 2016 Auto Expo. As we can see in the picture above, these vehicles will have a range of 250-350 km, and a top speed of 190 km/h. The premium SUV will be capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds.
Mahindra also spoke about developing the drive train and battery technology for the same. The powertrains will be available in single and dual drive architecture, ranging from 90 to 165 kW (121-221 hp). The 48V to 650V battery systems will be capable of delivering up to 400 km range. Also in the pipeline is a 50 kW integrated DC fast charging station.
Mahindra also believes that the battery costs will come down substantially by 2025.
Addressing the seminar, the Norwegian Ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg said, “Right now, over one third of all new cars sold in Norway are electric vehicles. Valuable lessons for India and Indian companies may be drawn from understanding customer behavior in such a market. We also have state of the art technology in green shipping with the world’s first battery driven ferry in operation and the world’s largest fleet of LNG ships.”
Ambassador Kamsvåg further added, “The switch from fossil fuels to electric power will be beneficial for India’s energy security, Indian manufacturing, local air pollution and the reduction of greenhouse gases. Right now, India has the opportunity to leapfrog transport infrastructure based on fossil fuels and choose to develop green transport solutions.”
CEO of the Council of Energy, Environment and Water, Dr Arunabha Ghosh, emphasized, “The ambitious plans of road transport electrification in India are expected to translate into a much higher demand for batteries. The battery demand in India in 2030 would be five times the global battery demand today. For reducing the manufacturing costs further, the auto industry needs to make massive investments in production platforms for critical components in the EV value chain.”