Hyderabad: In a bid to increase electric mobility in Hyderabad, Mahindra Electric, part of the $20.7 billion Mahindra Group, has on Thursday announced partnership with Uber to deploy electric vehicle on the latter’s platform. In addition with Uber, Mahindra Electric has also partnered with the Telangana government to set up charging stations in association with infrastructure partners. This is part of the earlier announcement made by Mahindra on collaborating with Uber to explore deployment of electric vehicles on its platform in several cities across India.
As part of the pilot phase, Mahindra Electric will deploy 50 electric vehicles – e2o plus hatchback and eVerito sedan – in the city and will scale up over a period of time. On the other end, the automaker is also setting up 30 charging stations across multiple locations in Hyderabad by working with public and private players. Mahindra Electric CEO Mahesh Babu said, “We are looking to replicate the same model in other cities and are in talks with local players to set up charging infrastructure. With the Telangana government’s EV policy in place, we are confident that the partnership with Uber will transform mobility in the State.”
Speaking at the event, Telangana IT and Industries department, principal secretary, Jayesh Ranjan, said, “Hyderabad has the largest number of charging infrastructure in place with 30 stations whereas Nagpur has only five. We also have the largest fleet of public transport e-buses with almost 40 plying on the roads and more will be added in the coming months. In terms of the policy, along with the FAME-II scheme, the State is also looking at addressing additional issues that are not mentioned in the guidelines.”
Ranjan added that as part of the State EV policy, charging infrastructure providers will get separate tariffs and also all public infrastructure will be made available to the providers to set up charging stations.