As India gears up to adopt electric mobility, stakeholders across are trying to do their bit to contribute towards sustainable mobility. Mahindra & Mahindra, which is part of the Mahindra Group, today announced its partnership with Blu Smart, an electric fleet and charging solution company.
As part of the partnership Blu Smart Mobility in the first phase will induct 70 Mahindra eVerito sedan in its fleet across Delhi-NCR region including Gurgaon, Nodia, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad. And furthermore it plans to add 500 eVerito in its fleet by April 2020 that is expected to other cities including Mumbai and Pune. To mark the day, Mahindra eVerito sedans were flagged off in New Delhi by Chief Guest Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.
At present, customers in the Delhi NCR region can use all-electric rides using the Blu Smart Mobility app, The company claims that in its first year of operations this service has the potential to save around 2,200 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions in the NCR region, which is equivalent to planting over 10,000 trees.
Speaking on the association, Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric said:, "Mahindra's electric vehicles have already crossed the landmark figure of 130 million electric kilometres, which in turn has helped save over 11,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions across the country. Today, we are proud to flag off our zero-emissions, all-electric Mahindra eVerito sedans and make them available on the Blu Smart app. This marks another big step towards in the electric mobility revolution in India. Our partnerships with fleet operators are aimed at increasing the large-scale adoption of EVs in the country, helping bring a positive change in the consumer's daily commutes."
Punit K Goyal, co-founder, Blu Smart, said: "Today's announcement is the first step towards transforming the way Delhi will commute. Blu Smart is bringing together the world's most innovative mobility concepts under a single mobility platform - RideSharing, CarSharing and SharedCharging. We are delighted to induct Mahindra eVerito to our ridesharing fleet and are committed to have 500 Mahindra eVerito e-sedan in our fleet by April 2020. By August 2019, we will have 65 charging stations in the National Capital which will be strategically located based on traffic heavy routes."
"We soon plan to commence long-distance intercity all-electric rides. Globally, the key mobility trends are Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric and combining them in a comprehensive package will drive a true smart mobility revolution. Blu Smart aims to transform cities by providing the most convenient and sustainable mobility solutions," added Goyal.
Blu Smart says with the demand for shared mobility will continue to grow, which will be driven by three mega trends, urbanisation, sustainability and the growth of the sharing economy. To further boost the charging infrastructure, Blu Smart has strategically installed 15 charging points in Delhi/NCR, which in turn has helped the eVerito to achieve daily runs of as much as 180km. In fact, Blu Smart has been able to achieve a range of 187km with a single charge on its Mahindra eVerito fleet on the Delhi-Jaipur highways. The company also plans to install 50 more charging points by August 2019, these include setting up charging points on major national highways such as Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Chandigarh.
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