Treo er­ick­shaw from Mahin­dra Elec­tric

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Mahin­dra Elec­tric Mo­bil­ity Ltd, a Group en­tity of Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, has launched an er­ick­shaw with the name of Treo. The com­pany has also com­mis­sioned a new fa­cil­ity to build the Treo at Ban­ga­lore. In­line with the govern­ment’s thrust on clean, con­nected and con­ve­nient ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially in the area of pub­lic trans­port, the Treo is avail­able in two ver­sions, Tero and Treo Yaari. Priced at Rs.1.36 lakhs and Rs.2.22 lakhs re­spec­tively (ex-show­room, and in­clu­sive of the FAME sub­sidy), the three-wheeler is pow­ered by a 2kW mo­tor. Claimed to of­fer a low run­ning cost of 50 paise per km, with the po­ten­tial to save up to 20 per cent more than an LPG-pow­ered auto rick­shaw, the Treo is equipped with a 7.37 kWh lithium-ion bat­tery pack. Of­fer­ing a range of 170 km per charge (typ­i­cal driv­ing range could be 130 kms), the bat­tery takes three hours and 50 min­utes to charge. The top speed of the er­ick­shaw is 45 kmph. Backed by a 50,000 km or 24-month war­ranty, the ve­hi­cle fea­tures three driv­ing modes low, medium, and high.

The first Li-ion three-wheeler de­vel­oped in In­dia, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Pawan Goenka, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, the Treo is ex­pected to rev­o­lu­tionise the last mile trans­port seg­ment where the most widely used mode of trans­porta­tion cur­rently is a petrol or CNG pow­ered auto-rick­shaw. Made at a fa­cil­ity that was built with an in­vest­ment of Rs.100 crores, the er­ick­shaw would be branded un­der the um­brella of ME tech­nolo­gies. As part of a strat­egy to lo­calise con­tent, the com­pany will man­u­fac­ture bat­tery packs, power elec­tron­ics and mo­tor as­sem­bly as an in­te­gral part of the elec­tric pow­er­train. Us­ing global stan­dards of man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, the plant will roll out 25,000 units per an­num. Cre­at­ing ad­di­tional di­rect em­ploy­ment of around 200 peo­ple and some more through the al­lied ser­vices in Kar­nataka, the Treo, ac­cord­ing to Goenka, will pro­pel af­ford­able EV tech­nol­ogy. Ex­pressed Ma­hesh Babu, CEO, Mahin­dra Elec­tric, that they are keen to drive a mon­u­men­tal change in the way In­dia moves by en­abling more EV prod­ucts on the road through ME tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions. Stress­ing upon the ca­pa­bil­ity to man­u­fac­ture bat­tery packs, mo­tors, power elec­tron­ics, etc., Babu averred, “The Treo marks In­dia’s first Lithium ion three-wheeler plat­form, and is poised to trans­form the way ur­ban In­dia trav­els.”

Avail­able in soft and hard-top ver­sion, the Treo em­ploys light weight­ing tech­nolo­gies and com­pos­ite body pan­els. Ca­pa­ble of seat­ing four peo­ple, it is claimed to present best in class com­fort, cour­tesy a spa­cious in­te­rior. With clutch-less, noise­less and vi­bra­tion free drive, the er­ick­shaw will be avail­able at select deal­er­ships across Ben­galuru and Hy­der­abad in the first phase. In the sec­ond phase, it will be made avail­able in other cities.

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