Indian car maker Mahindra & Mahindra has partnered with Uber to offer its electric vehicles (EVs) on the cab aggregator’s platform in select cities across the country.
In the beginning, the company will deploy few hundred eco-friendly vehicles in Delhi and Hyderabad in the month of February next year followed by other cities in different parts of the country. Electric cars that Mahindra will deploy on Uber’s platform include e20Plus hatch and the eVerito sedan.
Mahindra has already partnered with India-based cab aggregator company and also Uber’s rival in the country named Ola and has deployed hundreds of EVs in Nagpur to build an electric mass mobility ecosystem.
The two Indian car manufacturers- Tata Motors and M&M – are leading the EV push in the country and were also the two top bidders for the Indian government’s 10,000 EVs order. Tata Motors in partnership with Jayem Automotives recently sealed a deal with Ola to deploy electric-powered Nano as Jayem Neo on its platform in Delhi.
EV push can be seen all over the world as countries like Scotland has already declared a ban on Diesel and Petrol powered vehicles which will come into effect in 2032. Britain is also in the line to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and on the other hand, China, world’s biggest vehicle market, is also considering to ban production of fuel-powered cars.
India has also gained the momentum towards adopting electric vehicles and as M&M managing director (MD) Pawan Goenka said, the automobile industry “is at the tipping point since there is an intention of support from all stakeholders including vehicle makers, shared mobility providers, and state governments.”
As part of the collaboration, Uber driver partners can avail a package deal which includes M&M electric cars at competitive prices, attractive financing, insurance premiums and comprehensive maintenance packages. M&M will also provide education and training to drivers regarding various parts of an electric vehicle.
Here’s what Pawan Goenka said on the partnership with Uber- “Our collaboration with Uber is an important next step to help accelerate the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles on shared mobility platforms and meet the nation’s vision for EVs.”
To stronger the infrastructure of EV vehicles, both the companies will work closely with private and public sector companies to establish common charging points across different locations in the operating cities.
“We see a key role in high-efficiency vehicle technologies and therefore this collaboration with Mahindra & Mahindra will be beneficial for not just Uber but for our driver partners too in cities where we operate,” said Madhu Kannan, chief business officer, Uber India.