ZoomCar has added 20 Mahindra E2O electric cars into its self-drive fleet in Mysuru, Karnataka. Along with the cars, the company will also deploy two charging stations in Mysuru, at Garuda Mall and Country Inn. The idea behind ZoomCar acquiring electric cars and inducting them to its self-drive fleet is to be a first mover in adapting to an electric car future. The Indian government wants all petrol and diesel cars to be phased out by 2030, and to be replaced by electric cars.
The Karnataka government is also trying to push electric car adoption by setting up electric car infrastructure. Mysuru is one city of Karnataka that will get a major push on this front. The state government has already envisioned a draft electric vehicle policy that seeks to attract 31,000 crore rupees towards investment for electric cars, and generate 55,000 jobs. Mahindra Electric has a electric car manufacturing plant in Bengaluru’s Electronic City, where it manufactures the E2O, E2O 4 door and the eVerito. More electric cars are in the pipeline from Mahindra.
Here is what Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric, said while partnering ZoomCar,
Mahindra Electric has been at the forefront of making electric mobility a reality in India not just through electric vehicles but also technology and mobility solution development. We are happy to be partnering with Zoomcar to promote electric vehicle adoption in India. This initiative is aligned with the Mysore government’s vision of being a clean and green city. We are looking forward to the state developing electric vehicle infrastructure as per the policy to further promote shared electric mobility in the region.
In due course of time, the ZoomCar-Mahindra tie up will extend to other cities like Delhi, Hyderabad and Chandigarh. ZoomCar is expected to offer electric cars at a lower rental price than conventional cars. This is because electric cars cost much lesser to run than petrol and diesel cars. Another thing in favour of self-drive electric cars is they’re more convenient to use in cities as they feature automatic transmissions.