Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra has kicked off the “Goodness Drive,” which will cover nearly the length of the country at over 5000 kilometers over the course of the journey, hitting 52 key locations along the way. That might not be notable on its own, though it does sound like fun… but Mahindra is bringing the Goodness by making the trip in 3 of its new EVs — the Mahindra e2o.
This little guy gets about 75 miles per charge, which it can recoup in just 5 hours on a standard 15A/220v outlet, which is impressive considering that this car was built for pennies when compared to every other mass-produced EV I’ve heard of. Wikipedia shares some of the impressive financials:
“The Mahindra e2o is manufactured at the company’s Bangalore factory. The company invested ₹100 crore (US$18.5 million) on the development of the car and construction of a manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 30,000 units a year.”
Mahindra started this expedition to show people across the country that driving with zero emissions is possible — even for folks in India on a budget — and to highlight the importance of protecting the environment. It is obviously excited to show off its new EV as it shifts into full volume production… so there’s that as well 🙂
“It is the right opportunity for us to demonstrate car’s ability to traverse tough and difficult terrain, ability to accelerate instantly, shortest turning radius of the car and convenience of clutch free driving,” Arvind Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva
Mathew further shared that the e2o was even designed to meet European safety standards, which are far more stringent than the current standards in India.
“As a result, the e2o is one of the safest hatchback cars on Indian roads today”.
This not only shows that Mahindra built the car for the sizable and growing Indian car owner population, but also with an eye towards exporting it. The more competition and EV manufacturers, the better!
I will leave you with this seriously inspiring video. I love the optimism and hope that it embodies and wish more auto manufacturers around the world cared about the things I’m passionate about as much as Mahindra seems to. Seriously… this is worth watching. More on Mahindra’s youtube channel….
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