April 23: Cab aggregator Meru has tied up with Mahindra Electric to propel the mobility of electric vehicles among taxis. With the partnership, Meru’s fleet will include the flagship electric sedan from the Mahindra stables, the eVerito.
The initial phase of the partnership will have the duo fleeting the eVeritos as cabs in the city of Hyderabad. The project will be carried out on a pilot basis, following which the companies will have the fleet of eVerito cabs expanded to other cities in the country where Meru operates.
Mahindra Electric CEO Mahesh Balu has been quoted as saying that the new tie-up will accelerate the bloom of electric fleet adoption in India. “This is definitely going to make it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with our constant endeavour to make EVs more accessible to a larger urban population,” he said.
Meru CEO Nilesh Sangoi has reported as saying that the company intends to move a major part of its fleet to the EVs. According to him, the project would also enhance the earnings of Meru’s driver partners in addition to benefiting the society and consumers by shifting to green transportation. Meru and Mahindra have associated with AimGreen for the implementation of the pilot project in Hyderabad.
Customers can book the new eVeritos through Meru app and website. Customers arriving at the Hyderabad airport can also make use of the Cal Centre available at the Meru Zone to book from the new fleet of eVeritos. As for the fares, Meru Cabs will levy the same charge as governed by the Telangana Government’s radio taxi fares for sedans.
Mahindra’s eVerito Sedan is the company’s first EV in the sedan platform. It is currently available along with the E20 electric car and the eSupro electric car and passenger. Mahindra is the only player to have sold electric vehicles in India, while Tata is expected to enter the segment soon with the EV variant of Tigor.