Mahindra Group launches all-electric GenZe 2.0 scooter in the US

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 14 Jan 2016


L-R: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, M&M Group chairman Anand Mahindra and Mahindra GenZe CEO Vish Palekar at the launch.

The home-grown conglomerate Mahindra Group officially launched its all-electric connected scooter, the GenZe 2.0 for the US market priced at $ 2,999 (Rs 1.90 lakh) in Oakland on Wednesday.

The scooter was unveiled by M&M Group chairman Anand Mahindra in the presence of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, Fremont mayor Bill Harrison and Mahindra GenZe CEO Vish Palekar.

“Oakland is the perfect place to combine electric bikes and electric scooters, with mobility sharing and solar power. Projects like Bike Solar Oakland and San Francisco’s Scoot Networks are the type of Smart City Initiatives we are launching in Oakland,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf at the launch. 

“We are so happy to be working with Mahindra GenZe – this is the kind of innovation and partnership we want to see – finding that pragmatic but visionary intersection of business, environment and technology to equitably serve our community,” she added.

“The GenZe 2.0 launch event in Oakland recognises the creativity and determination of the Mahindra GenZe team to design and develop a remarkably distinctive product,” said Anand Mahindra at the launch.

The GenZe 2.0 scooter was conceived in Silicon Valley and engineered/assembled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is designed to help alleviate challenges associated with urban commuting, parking, congestion, and pollution. It has a removable lithium-ion battery that can be recharged at any standard electrical outlet, providing optimal freedom and ease of use.

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The connected scooter uses multiple AT&T IoT products including Global SIM and AT&T Control Center to build the GenZe mobile rider solution. The GenZe Cruise–Connect System monitors data through a cloud–based system and governs settings through the app. That means riders will be able to use their scooter’s connectivity to look at vital information like battery level and various driving statistics. The app will also display emissions and will let drivers shift between more powerful and more eco-friendly modes.

Its smart, utilitarian design also offers ample rear storage space. Beyond its use as a personal vehicle, the GenZe 2.0 has also attracted a lot of attention from cities and corporate campuses who are searching for efficient multi-modal and first/last mile solutions to help augment existing transportation infrastructure.