Mahindra & Mahindra is seeing new action on the export front – but this time on two wheels. The company’s two-wheeler arm, which has a manufacturing plant at Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh, has shipped its first batch of made-in-India electric Peugeot E-Ludix two-wheelers to Mahindra subsidiary Peugeot Moto. With this, the E-Ludix from Mahindra Two Wheelers becomes the first electric two-wheeler to be exported to the EU.
Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, tweeted: “Bon Voyage to our 1st batch of electric 2wheelers—Made in India. A global network helps: they’re being shipped to our subsidiary Peugeot Moto. And though it’s not viable yet to sell our genZe & Peugeot electric bikes in India, you can count on us being in the game at some point.”
It is understood the 3kW E-Ludix is in the 50cc equivalent scooter category, with top speed limited to 45kph. It weighs only 85kg, of which 9kg constitutes the Bosch lithium ion battery. The E-Ludix has a range of approximately 50km, and a braking energy recovery system. Charging takes three hours with an external charger.
It was in January 2015 that Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd (MTWL) and Peugeot Motocycles (PMTC), part of the PSA Group based in France, announced that they had completed the formalities for MTWL’s 51 percent acquisition in PMTC. PMTC (Peugeot Scooters), a key player in urban mobility in Europe for 120 years, is the oldest motorised two-wheeler manufacturer in the world. It has one of the most comprehensive range of scooters and mopeds, from 50cc to 400cc.
The first shipment of the E-Ludix marks a new trajectory for Mahindra Two Wheelers. Its Pithampur plant, which has ample manufacturing capacity of 750,000 units per annum, could be soon buzzing with more activity.
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