Mahin­dra Elec­tric pi­lots sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity so­lu­tion for Auroville

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Mahin­dra Elec­tric, part of the Mahin­dra Group, has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Auroville, an ex­per­i­men­tal town­ship in Pondicherry, to pi­lot In­dia’s first in­te­grated sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem for a com­mu­nity. This unique ecosys­tem will be an ex­ten­sion to Auroville’s sev­eral e-mo­bil­ity ini­tia­tives over the last few decades. The project will co­ex­ist with the ex­ist­ing ecosys­tem and en­cour­age life­style choices in quiet mo­bil­ity, op­ti­mal shar­ing of re­sources and re­duced car­bon foot­print, hop-on-hopoff shut­tles and smart park­ing.

Un­der the MoU the 2 par­ties will work with IISc (In­dian In­sti­tute of Sci­ence), Puducherry Smart City De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited, GoGreen BOV, and nu­mer­ous ini­tia­tives at Auroville it­self to de­velop a holis­tic ecosys­tem en­com­pass­ing Mahin­dra’s elec­tric ve­hi­cles, smart park­ing sys­tems, charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture and its soft­ware in­te­gra­tion plat­form NEMO.

As a cloud-en­abled mo­bil­ity plat­form, NEMO pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about bat­tery and ve­hi­cle per­for­mance. It will also ad­dress in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments of var­ied seg­ments of ur­ban mo­bil­ity in­clud­ing car-hir­ing, ride-shar­ing and cor­po­rate com­mut­ing. Ma­hesh Babu, CEO, Mahin­dra Elec­tric said “we at Mahin­dra are happy to join hands with Auroville, IISc and other part­ners for In­dia’s first ini­tia­tive to de­velop an in­te­grated sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem for a com­mu­nity. Mahin­dra has been work­ing for close to a decade to de­velop the elec­tric eco-sys­tem in In­dia. The evo­lu­tion of a com­mon plat­form in­te­grat­ing mo­bil­ity, en­ergy stor­age and charg­ing for an en­tire com­mu­nity is an im­por­tant step to en­sure quick scal­a­bil­ity in fu­ture. There is great syn­ergy be­tween Auroville’s vi­sion to cre­ate a green mo­bil­ity sys­tem and our ini­tia­tives to help more peo­ple adopt EV tech­nol­ogy. We are con­fi­dent that Mahin­dra Elec­tric’s NEMO, will prove to be the most suit­able plat­form to de­velop a sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem for any com­mu­nity.”

“Our en­deav­our has been to make these elec­tric mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions work for the so­ci­ety and we chose to work with Auroville as it has been a pioneer in em­brac­ing sus­tain­able so­lu­tions. We want to do a lot of pi­lots and only through such pi­lots we can learn, op­ti­mise and cre­ate value for the com­mu­nity. Once we are suc­cess­ful here, this can be a role model for other cities,” he said.

Mahin­dra Elec­tric also un­veiled its en­ergy stor­age so­lu­tion which will play a key role in en­abling the ecosys­tem in­clud­ing charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture. It also aims to en­able mo­bil­ity mod­els like ride shar­ing, ride hail­ing, self­drive rentals etc. The Town Plan­ner, PSCDL, sup­ported by the French Gov­ern­ment, will also play a key role in this ini­tia­tive. The pi­lot project team ex­pects 100-500 peo­ple to use daily Mahin­dra’s elec­tric ve­hi­cles and other ser­vices for their mo­bil­ity needs. Mahin­dra Group has di­ver­si­fied port­fo­lios of elec­tric ve­hi­cles with the e2oPlus hatch, eVer­ito sedan, eSupro mini­van and panel vans and its elec­tric rick­shaw, e-Alfa Mini.

Mahin­dra Elec­tric also un­veiled its en­ergy stor­age so­lu­tion which will play a key role in en­abling the ecosys­tem in­clud­ing charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture, EV park­ing, and an EV Sup­port Cen­tre. It will also help har­ness re­new­able power, thus be­com­ing an end-to-end green so­lu­tion.

“Af­ter 2 decades of ex­per­i­ment­ing with-mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions for public and pri­vate trans­port for the com­mu­nity, Auroville be­lieves that the in­no­va­tion in tech­nol­ogy and sup­port from part­ners such as Mahin­dra Elec­tric, IISC and Go Green will en­able Auroville to start pro­to­typ­ing end-to-end sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions which can then be repli­cated across other cities,” Min­haj Ameen, Co­or­di­na­tor, In­te­grated Trans­port Ser­vices, Auroville, said.

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