Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., a part of the Mahindra Group, today formally inaugurated its manufacturing facility in Bangalore. The first platinum rated automobile facility in India was inaugurated at the hands of Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman and MD Mahindra Group. The new facility, according to Mr. Mahindra reflects the Group’s vision of the Future of Mobility, expressed using 5 C’s – Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost Effective.
The new plant, which uses sustainable methods in manufacturing electric cars by reducing use of materials and energy, showcases new technologies such as ‘Sun2Car’, ‘Quick2Charge’ and ‘Car2Home’. ‘Quick2Charge’ allows a car to be charged in 15 minutes to run 25 kms. In order to tap and use the abundant solar energy for mobility, Mahindra Reva has designed a personal charging unit called ‘Sun2Car’ which will provide free and clean energy for the lifetime of the car, making it a very cost-effective solution. The technology, ‘Car 2 Home’ makes it possible to use energy from the car to power a house.
On the occasion, Mr. Mahindra said, “We firmly believe that the automobile industry is at an inflection point that will re-shape the way we own and use mobility solutions. This change is being driven by rapidly changing customer needs and dramatic advancements in automotive technologies, including the growing influence of electronics and IT in automobile products and solutions.”
Dr. Pawan Goenka, President – AFS, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Chairman Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, “The new manufacturing plant is, in a way the first tangible proof point of the Future of Mobility – this is the first purpose-built, ground-up EV plant in India, the first manufacturing plant to get IGBC platinum rating, the first plant where cars get their first fill using solar power. In fact, this plant will consume the least amount of energy per car build, with 1/3rd of this energy coming from solar power.”
Here’s a bit more deytail on what Mahindra calls its 5 C’s Framework:
• The first ‘C’ is Clean, which will involve a radical re-think on how we manufacture, use and recycle automobiles so that the entire chain is as green as possible
• Customers are demanding Convenience in all aspects of acquiring and operating mobility products. From experiencing the car virtually, to flexible ownership models, to having cars diagnosed remotely and serviced at home, convenience will become a key differentiator
• Dramatic improvements in telematics and related technologies are making Connected vehicles a reality. We will soon see cars connecting to their owners, connecting to other cars, ultimately car owners connecting to other owners through their cars and cars connecting to the grid
• Rapid integration of electronics and IT with automobiles is making vehicles Clever. Embedded intelligence will make cars of the future intelligent enough to interact with traffic systems, carry out self-diagnosis and perhaps, even drive themselves without a human interface!
• Lastly, the challenge is to translate the benefits of these innovations into Cost-effective products and solutions to make owning/using these products affordable to the masses. This is what will drive progress and development