Mahindra Electric and Meru to ply eVerito EV cabs in Hyderabad
Mahindra Electric, the electric vehicle manufacturing arm of the Mahindra Group, and Meru, the tech-enabled cab services firm, have announced a collaboration for a pilot EV project in Hyderabad which will see Meru deploy a fleet of eVeritos. The intention is to replicate the same model in other cities soon.
The Mahindra eVerito will be available for booking in Hyderabad through Meru's mobile apps, website, call centre, and will also be available at the Meru Zone at Hyderabad airport. The services will be available at the same fare as governed by the Telangana Government's radio taxi fares for sedans.
The Mahindra e-Verito is powered by a 3-phase 72V induction motor that promises 30.5kW of power and 91Nm torque. A single-speed transmission transfers all this power to the front wheels. The 200Ah Li-ion battery in the car powers all the ancillary functions, including the music system, AC and headlamps. It also charges the 12V battery which is used for the startup.
Mahesh Babu, CEO Mahindra Electric said that Mahindra Electric is happy to lead electric fleet adoption in India and are glad to partner with Meru for pilot deployment of eVeritos in Hyderabad. They are hoping it makes it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with their constant endeavour to make EVs more accessible to a larger urban population. They believe that innovative and unique partnership models like this pilot will lead the way towards sustainable transportation in urban cities. They were now looking forward to working with Meru to have this project rolled out to more cities.
Speaking on the new initiative, Nilesh Sangoi, CEO, Meru said that they are launching a pilot in Hyderabad with Mahindra eVerito sedan cars in association with AimGreen. Based on the learnings of this pilot, they will expand this initiative to induct more EVs in their network in other cities that we operate in. Over next 4 years, they intend to move a major part of their fleet to EVs. They believe that this initiative will greatly benefit the society, consumers and also enhance the earnings of their driver partners.
Both companies are hoping to harness EVs' potential to bring down the air pollution levels and allow for savings in country's energy bills. They hope to be a part of the government's initiative for adoption of EVs through National Electric Mobility Mission and other initiatives through various ministries.