In a span of two weeks, this is Smart E's second partnership announcement with a renowned name in the electric mobility space.
Days after announcing a technology-sharing partnership with SUN Mobility, electric mobility service provider Smart E today announced another strategic partnership - this time, with Mahindra Electric. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Mr Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric and Mr Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE, in New Delhi today.
As per the agreement, Smart E will debut the first 1,000 units of Mahindra Electric's Treo and Treo Yaari electric three-wheelers in its fleet by March 2019. Mahindra Electric launched these three-wheelers in India on 15th November 2018. For a pilot run, 50 units of the Treo three-wheelers will be handed over to Smart E within the next few days and the partnership aims at a long-term target of deploying 10,000 units of the Treo (pan-India).
The Mahindra Treo is powered by a 7.47kW lithium-ion battery which generates 5.4kW of peak power and 30Nm of torque. Out of the two, the Treo is the bigger and wider version which can seat four-five people, inclusive of the driver. The 7.47kW power pack gives the Treo a driving range of about 130km and takes around three hours and fifty minutes to charge up. The smaller Treo Yaari features a 3.69kW battery pack which is good for 2kW of peak power and 17.5Nm of torque. While both the models get a hydraulic suspension at the front and a leaf spring setup at the back, the Treo also gets hydraulic brakes whereas the Treo Yaari makes do with a mechanical braking system.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric said, 'As the pioneers of electric mobility, we are happy to join forces with SmartE to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility. India is witnessing rapid urbanisation and metros are driving the multi-modal mobility needs of the large working population in urban cities. Our Treo range of three-wheelers will address the demand for first and last mile connectivity and transform the way urban India travels. Associations with partners such as SmartE will make it easier to adopt electric mobility and enable our cities to be more environment-friendly.'