Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 15 Dec 2022
Poised as it is to roll out its all-electric XUV 400 in India and other territories next year, Mahindra & Mahindra have been hard at work paving the way for supercharged success by partnering with Gujarat-based company Charge Zone® to establish a convenient network of charging points across 25 cities. This will include 10 000 km of a highway!
Charge Zone® is one of the leading global companies to have a fully integrated technology, powered by software systems with hardware and renewable energy capabilities. Their innovative charging ecosystem has effectively rewritten the playbook for fleet electrification and inner-city retail EV charging.
“As a part of our vision of creating a network of one million charging points by 2030, our aim is to reduce tailpipe emissions in key cities and consequently bring down pollution in urban markets by encouraging the personal, public and commercial mobility segments to increasingly adopt electric vehicles as a mode of commute,” Kartikey Hariyani, Charge Zone® Founder & CEO, enthuses.
The truly great thing about partnering with this trailblazing service and infrastructure provider is that Mahindra UV users will gain access to a future-proof charging network that is driven by sophisticated grid-to-vehicle tech that empowers the end user with a fully automated, unmanned, cashless EV charging experience via a mobile app.
One amazing result of the partnership between Mahindra and Charge Zone® is the proposed rollout of fast DC chargers that will be installed and maintained at locations of particular importance to the automaker, its affiliates and group companies. This will include rented and owned sites and offices. These stations will be available for use by the public as well.
Both companies agree that this mutually beneficial partnership will allow them to further their shared goal of building and growing a fruitful EV ecosystem to benefit electrical vehicle users throughout the country. To date, Charge Zone® has established 1450+ charging points across 650+ EV charging stations, powering approximately 5000 electric vehicles daily. These stations feature:
We look forward to bringing you more news about this exciting development as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with the Group1 Mahindra team to learn more about the fantastic vehicles we currently have available on our showroom floors in Midrand and Kuils River. We look forward to getting you behind the wheel of your dream car, bakkie or SUV.
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Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 27 Sep 2022
We know Mahindra is very involved in electric tuk-tuks and last-mile delivery vehicles, but when are they going to mainstream EVs into their range? Pretty soon, it turns out.
The Indian giant will launch five EV SUVs between 2024 and 2027 and expect by the latter date that a quarter of its SUV portfolio will be electric. Two of the cars will be part of the luxury XUV range – the XUV.e8 and .e9. There will also be a brand new range called BE – the .05, 07 and 09.
All five vehicles will be based on Mahindra’s state-of-the-art INGLO EV platform, based on VW’s MEB platform. This platform is called a skateboard because it has a flat rectangular surface, a battery pack, a wheel on each corner and an electric motor between the sets of wheels. It is modular, which means you can vary the size of the battery pack and the motors within specific parameters.
The MEB platform is used in all VW brands like Audi, Skoda and the like, and by Ford for their EV programme. Mahindra is just the latest major brand to buy into this technology.
This new INGLO platform will be one of the lightest skateboards using class-leading high-energy batteries and the name evokes flow and exchange of energy and emotion into a system that creates harmony between man and machine.
INGLO will offer between 60 and 80kWh of battery capacity which can take a direct current charge of 175kW and charge up to 80% in 30 minutes.
It also features V2L, or vehicle to load, a way to plug any electrical device into the car and use the battery power for other purposes.
The new EVs will offer good safety, range and efficiency and enrich the driving experience with a futuristic, augmented reality heads-up display, edge-to-edge screen, 5G network and online updating.
The platform will also have enhanced aerodynamics, and reduced rolling resistance with 5.5 RRC tires and zero-drag wheel bearings. It also features high-efficiency heating, cooling and ventilation.
The rear-wheel drive models will offer between 170 and 210kW, while the AWD will add an 80kW motor, giving a power range of 250 to 290kW.
The INGLO will feature semi-active suspension and brake by wire tech, and is specifically designed to meet the Global NCAP rating.
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Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 16 Sep 2022
If there is one thing we love most about being part of the Mahindra Group, it’s being a part of the solution. Most recently, Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited (MEML) had us all applauding at our South African Group1 Mahindra dealerships when we learned that they had partnered with Delhi-based start-up Terrago Logistics to make pollution-free last-mile delivery a possibility.
MEML is the foremost supplier of electric three-wheeler vehicles throughout India, of which the Mahindra Treo Zor cargo vehicle is one of the most prevalent. Terrago has been using these zippy little numbers to facilitate the delivery of goods for Big Basket (an online shopping giant) and Porter (a big logistics company). The partnership between MEML and Terrago will now see this zero-emission fleet expanding quite rapidly in the coming months.
It’s not surprising that Terrago has selected the Treo Zor as their vehicle of choice. Here are a few fast stats about this amazing e-vehicle that shows why its popularity has soared ever since the first-generation models were rolled out in 2020.
The Treo Zor comes to the logistics party with:
Add to this an efficient fleet-management platform with trip reports, live traceability, geo-fencing and vehicle performance stats on the demand, and you have the perfect fleet vehicle in a nutshell.
According to Suman Mishra, the CEO of MEML, Terrago falls right into the key demographic that was envisioned in the vehicle’s design and development phases. The business provides end-to-end logistics solutions in multi-modal transport, warehousing, and last-mile delivery. As such, they were perfectly positioned to take advantage of the higher savings and zero tailpipe emission of the Treo Zor.
There you have it – the latest news on the partnership between Mahindra Electric and Indian Logistics Group Terrago that is making emission-free delivery a reality. We will bring you more news on this exciting front as it becomes available.
In the meantime, keep an eye on the blog for more inspiring insights into the world of auto tech, and remember to reach out to a Group1 Mahindra representative if you would like to learn about the amazing models we currently have on our showroom floors in Kuils River and Midrand.
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Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 26 May 2022
In April of this year, the e-vehicle portfolio developed by Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited was showcased at the Pune Alternative Fuel Conclave. This future-forward assembly is an initiative by the Government of Maharashtra, which brings together stakeholders from all industries and focuses on raising awareness about the need for clean mobility.
This year, the aim was to highlight existing initiatives by the government, private players and civil society organisations, and help discuss the way forward for clean mobility in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited chose to display the:
The latter is being positioned as an innovative new-age electric urban mobility solution for smart India’s last-mile connectivity needs – another ingenious move by Mahindra, which is already the number one brand when it comes to electric three-wheelers in India, holding a whopping 70%+ market share.
Quite a few things actually! The first electric quadricycle in India, due for release at the end of this financial year, is:
A fair amount, yes! The Mahindra e Alfa Mini Tipper comes to the table with:
Of course, as always, this is just the tip of the Mahindra iceberg. The rest of the vehicles that were unveiled and presented to the conclave are equally impressive.
Keep an eye on the blog for more information on the exciting Mahindra e-vehicle portfolio as it becomes available. Find out more about the current Mahindra vehicles we have in stock by getting in touch with our team at Group1 Mahindra. Our expert team of auto professionals at our Midrand and Kuilsrivier branches is waiting in the wings to get you behind the wheel of the perfect vehicle.
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Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 29 Apr 2022
Does the thought of ladder-frame electric off-roading SUVs seem like something out of a science-fiction dreamscape? It might sound like it, but the good news is that this wonderful concept will become a reality fairly soon thanks to the design acumen of the R&D team at Mahindra & Mahindra.
The Indian automaker’s new design team led by Pratap Bose is following in the slipstream of its ‘Born Electric’ vision to create three all-new electric vehicle concepts underpinned by a revolutionary Born Electric EV platform. The fruits of this labour are likely to be unveiled in July 2023, and it is being suggested that we are looking at body-on-frame electric SUVs!
Anish Shah, MD and CEO at Mahindra Group, recently shared with delegates at the Pune Alternate Fuel Conclave conference that their company is placing a very firm focus on their electric mobility plans, and that body-on-frame electric SUVs are a top priority at the moment. Currently, various feasibility studies are underway to craft viable e-alternatives for popular Mahindra SUVs such as the Bolero, Thar and Scorpio.
At the moment, body-on-frame architecture is not the norm for vehicles with an electric powertrain due to variety of engineering challenges in this regard. This is why leading e-manufacturers like Tata mainly build their electric cars on monocoque frames with front-wheel-drive configurations. This includes the Nexon EV and Tigor EV, as well as the upcoming Tata Sierra EV.
As such, the notion of ladder-frame electric off-roading SUVs rolling off the manufacturing line at a Mahindra & Mahindra factory as soon as 2023 is very good news for environmentally conscious SUV enthusiasts who want to drive a great car while still treading lightly on the earth. We look forward to seeing the innovative solutions the Mahindra engineers come up with to address the challenges of this design conundrum. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all!
Exciting times! While the launch of these Mahindra e-SUVs is still a while off, you can find out more about the current vehicles we have in stock by getting in touch with our team at Group1 Mahindra. The passionate teams at our branches in Midrand and Kuilsriver are waiting in the wings to get you behind the wheel of the ideal Mahindra to suit your lifestyle and budget to a T.
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Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 25 Feb 2022
The new e Alpha Cargo is a breath of fresh air in the land of smoky, noisy three-wheelers. It is a small tuk-tuk dedicated to cargo, electrically driven and the ideal solution to the last-mile conundrum – how to get individual parcels or smaller cargo from the station or depot to its destination in the suburbs or industrial parks.
Cost is a major factor in the last mile environment and this electric three-wheeler promises massive savings of around R12 000 per year compared to a similar unit with an internal combustion engine. Mahindra has already achieved major success with an electric three-wheeler in its Treo range of e rickshaws and its variants, as well as the E Alpha passenger carrier. The e Alpha Cargo is similar in size but has been specifically designed to compete in the budget-conscious last mile market.
The electric three-wheeler market has shown massive growth – 510% from April to September 2020 alone – due to the high price of fuel, the massive surge in demand for last-mile carriers and the low total cost of ownership.
The e Alpha has an exceedingly low running cost in the region of R0.12/km. Yet it offers a dual-speed transmission with an integrated differential. Using this high torque gear with the e Alpha’s peak power mode allows the little three-wheeler to go up some pretty steep hills.
The cargo tray is large and wide enough to carry quite bulky packages, and the carrying capacity of 310kg is in line with the demands of the customers in this segment.
The e Alpha will not be entering F1 soon, but it will give you an 80km range, with a peak power of 1.5kW and a top speed of 40km/h. It has an onboard 48 V/15 A charger, which makes charging as easy as charging your phone. The e Alpha comes with a 1 year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
The fully digital instrument cluster gives you the state of charge on the battery, range, speed and other info at a glance.
Mahindra Electric is a global pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles. It is India’s only EV manufacturer with indigenously developed EV technologies. In its portfolio, there is a wide range of EVs, including the e2oPlus hatch, the Treo range of 3-wheelers and the electrified eVerito sedan for passenger and commercial use. The e Alpha is its latest offering in this fast-growing field.
In India and around the world Mahindra is involved, apart from its vehicles, in farm equipment, IT and financial services, renewable energy, agriculture, logistics, hospitality and real estate. It is the world’s largest tractor company by volume. In South Africa, Mahindra is known for its extensive range of workhorse bakkies and top-end SUVs.
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