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Fleets can help popularise EVs,says Anand Mahindra

11/03/2019 | Author: Autoguide | 0 Comments Back To Home   < Previous News   |   Next news >

Mr. Anand Mahindra

For Mahindra Group, the path to mass adoption of electric vehicles will be through fleet such as Ola, Uber, according to the Group Chairman Mr Anand Mahindra.
 
At present electric vehicles (EVs) are out of reach of price-sensitive buyers, especially in India, but the usage of such vehicles by fleet operators will help in achieving economies of scale in the industry and ultimately help in reaching personal mobility, Mr Mahindra told news agency PTI  in an interview.
 
"Right now the break-even for electric cars applies more to cars that are used much more. The more you use the electric cars the better your payback," he said.
 
Welcoming the Rs 10,000 crore FAME=II scheme under which four-wheeler electric vehicles will get subsidy only for fleet operators and commercial purposes, Mr Mahindra said, "What the Government has done is spot on." 
 
He, however, added, "Whether they (Government) had done it or not we had decided to focus on fleet anyway." When fleets start using EVs, economies of scale is created in the industry as the cost of these vehicles come down when more people buy them, he said.
 
Moreover, when people start using these cars seeing companies like Uber, Ola using it, people get accustomed to these and thus help in popularisation of EVs, Mr Mahindra added.
 
"Fleets are the best way to familiarise people to speed up adoption. So in some point, if see all these charts converge that's the time that people will start using it for personal mobility. Mahindra will be ready (for it) with some options which are both affordable and exciting," he said.
 
In the past, Mahindra had tied up with app-based cab aggregator Ola in partnership with the Government to build the country’s first electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur.
 
When asked about the Group's electric two-wheeler programme, Mr Mahindra said, "We make GenZe e-scooters overseas (in the US). It is too expensive for India but we have some thoughts."
 

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