CHENNAI: India’s first all electric versions of commercial and passenger vans were launched by Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra on Thursday, with company officials stating that this would open an entirely new segment and provide a fillip to companies in the logistics space.
The model, named eSupro, comes in two variants — cargo and passenger — priced starting at Rs 8.45 lakh and Rs 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. These prices have been factored post FAME subsidy.
“The launch of eSupro will usher in a whole new concept in emission free cargo transportation and people movement. Going forward, eSupro would provide a much needed fillip to companies in the b2b and e-commerce segment,” said M&M president and chief (automotive) Pravin Shah.
“In other markets, it would cost more as in Delhi, the price includes FAME subsidy given by the government for the electric vehicles,” he added.
The vans have a range of 112 Km on a full charge and runs on a lithium Ion battery which takes 8 hours 45 minutes for full charge. Top speed will be limited to 60 km.
The eSupro vans will first be aggressively marketed in the top metro cities and then move on to tier II markets.