Mahindra showcased a bunch of electric vehicles and concepts under the theme ‘Future of Mobility’ at the Auto Expo 2018.
These include UDO – a compact two-seater mobility pod for personal urban mobility. The UDO is targeted at the tech savvy urban citizen, offering an enclosed architecture with micro climate control, lighting, touch-screen infotainment and blue-tooth enabled audio systems. It also features a “smart fitness” mode which allows commuters to work out while commuting, via a ‘smart cycling’ feature. Moreover, the battery recharges as you pedal, thereby extending the UDO’s range.
ATOM – This one more looks like it is targeted at a shared mobility service and last-mile connectivity. It features batteries that can be swapped. Mahindra said that it is also equipped with an intelligent connectivity system, making bookings and payments seamless and easy. At the same time its smart technology allows one to seamlessly connect with multiple transport modes, keeping passengers posted on the next departing train, bus or flight and the nearest boarding points on a real-time basis, apart from a host of safety and convenience features.
e2o NXT – Also on showcase was the e2o NXT, a refreshed version of the e2oPlus and boasts of a modified exterior and interior as well as a larger infotainment system.
eKUV100 – Mahindra claims the eKUV100 to be India’s first electric SUV. It boasts a range of over 140 km, and optional fast charging which can extend its range by 80% in less than an hour. It also boasts smart phone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling, location tracking and even monitors your driving pattern and battery status.
MESMA (Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture) – 380 Volt Powertrain – Marking a major shift from the current 48/72 V system of EVs in India, the 380 Volt modular powertrain utilises e-motors by TM4 and cells from LG chemicals. With its unique build, it can be adjusted in terms of length and width to accommodate different kinds of vehicles, while retaining the high efficiency and performance that it promises to deliver. The platform opens a plethora of opportunities for Mahindra Electric to forge synergies with Mahindra Group companies such as SsangYong and Pininfarina amongst others, the company said.
Also on showcase was the e-COSMO Electric Bus. At the heart of this electric vehicle is a direct drive motor developed in partnership with TM4, Canada.