Mahindra & Mahindra And Volkswagen The latter has agreed to investigate the use of MEB electric vehicle (EV) components in the upcoming EV products.
In particular, the purpose of the Indian automaker Volkswagen MEB is a new ground-up electrical platform for the use of electric motors, battery system components and battery cells.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
More details about this Mahindra ‘Born Electric Platform’ are expected to come out soon, with a mandatory supply agreement pending which is expected to expire by the end of 2022.
The MEB platform has always been designed as a modular platform. It currently underpins EVs such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, Audi Q4 e-tron, Cupra Born, and Skoda Enyaq. It will be used in an upcoming Ford “medium-sized crossover”.
The more scale Volkswagen can make from it, the cheaper its EV parts will be.
Mahindra and Volkswagen say the partnership aims to rapidly electrify the Indian automotive market, which is seen by companies as “one of the most important automotive growth markets”.
India is committed to selling only Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) – Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCEVS) – by 2040. It was announced at the COP26 Climate Conference in 2021
Therefore, electrification of Indian passenger car and van segments is expected to gain significant momentum in the coming years.
“We are delighted to have Volkswagen, a significant global investor in electrical mobility as a strategic partner in achieving our ambitious Born Electric Vision,” said Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra’s Auto and Farm Sector.
“Their complementary technology, innovation, and vertical integration into the supply chain will provide a framework for developing our next-generation ‘Born Electric Platform’, to be released soon in Oxfordshire, UK.”
Speaking on behalf of VW, Volkswagen Group Components CEO Thomas Schmall said, “Mahindra is a pioneer in electrical mobility in India and a great partner for our MEB electric platform.
“Together with Mahindra, we want to make a significant contribution to India’s electrification, a huge automotive market with huge growth potential and high relevance to climate protection,” added Mr Schmal.
“This is another proof point that MEB is technically highly competitive both in terms of industry and cost.”
Mahindra & Mahindra is the world’s largest tractor manufacturer and currently owns the world-renowned Italian design house Pininfarina.
Its parent company Mahindra Group owns industries such as financial services, hospitality, IT consulting and defense.
In Australia, Mahindra first launched in 1990 with a slightly modernized version of the 1950s civilian Willy CJ-3B Jeep using Indian parts.
Most recently, it imported pick-up UT and Genio light trucks, as well as the XUV500 seven-seater medium SUV. It is also preparing to release the first all-new Scorpio four-wheel drive in two decades, and it may also make a trip to Australia.
Mahindra & Mahindra Pininfarina Battista, plans to launch an EV Hypercar that shares its powertrain and mechanics with Rimac Nevera.
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