Given how electric vehicles have suddenly jumped to the forefront, Mahindra has showcased a variety of electric transport options at its stall at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Of significant interest among these was a preview of Mahindra’s MESMA(Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture), the eKUV100 as well as the next generation e20+ which is based on the ME+ platform.
However, before we get into the electric vehicles, let's take a look at the conventional vehicles that Mahindra showcased. The first vehicle on display was a new flagship vehicle based on the G4 Rexton. In fact, it is the G4 Rexton, but it will come with Mahindra badging and a different name for the Indian market. The company has hinted that it will be launched later this year.
The second conventional vehicle was a convertible SUV based on the TUV300 and has been dubbed the Stinger. This is only a design exercise by the Indian automaker. The firm has otherwise clearly indicated that it will only take up the exercise of putting these cars into production if there is sufficient demand from its buyers.
The electric vehicle charge was dominated by three major concepts that we have mentioned in the first paragraph. The first was MESMA that will underpin future Mahindra electric vehicles. It’s a flexible platform and will be used for right from hatchbacks to SUVs.
The next was the eKUV100 that Mahindra had announced in 2016. It is looks like the standard KUV100 and even has the same interiors, but it runs on electric power. Mahindra also showcased the e20 NXT concept which has showcased the design and feature list for the next generation e20 electric hatchback.
Finally, as a part of its urban mobility solutions, Mahindra also displayed two concepts, UDO and Atom. The UDO is a compact two-seater Concept Electric mobility pod which has been conceptualised to address the issues that plague urban mobility, including traffic congestion and pollution. The Atom, on the other hand, is the automaker’s attempt at reimagining last-mile connectivity. It says that this will change the face of public transportation, while its minimalist design philosophy allows it to retain a compact footprint without compromising on interior space.