Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., a part of the USD 16.9 billion Mahindra Group, recentlyconcluded India’s first all-electric car expedition christened the ‘Mahindra RevaGoodness Drive – Kashmir to Kanyakumari’. Thedrive covered a distance of over 5,300 km and 52 locations, to reach its destination of Kanyakumari.
Three expedition ready, all-electric, zero emission Mahindra e2os weredriven to Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), covering the entire length of the country in just a month. The drive was flagged off from Srinagar by Arvind Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva, in the presence of Aravinda De Silva, Former International Cricketer from Sri Lanka.
Pitched as a drive for a better tomorrow, the Mahindra e2os passed through some of the most beautiful locales in the country, including changing landscapes and varied terrains.From lush green meadows and barren landscapes to the most treacherous terrain, the Mahindra e2os covered it all with equal ease.
Starting from the picturesque landscapes and mountainous terrain of Kashmir, the expedition ready Mahindra e2os drove toward the capital city of Delhi and onward to Udaipur the city of lakes and palaces, and then to the dynastic city of Hyderabad finally ending up in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the country. Along the way, the convoy witnessedchanges in terrain, air, vegetation and people. The drive was run to the highest standards with well-planned halts at regular intervals.
The motivationfor the ‘Goodness Drive – Kashmir to Kanyakumari’ was to demonstrate the advantages of electric vehicles, thereby helping in the creationof a clean and green eco-system. The Goodness Drive lived upto its name, conserving over 1,300 liters of fuel and saving 806 kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
During the entire journey, around 550 km was gained due to Regenerative Braking, a feature specific to electric cars that allows recharging of the batteries when the car brakes or slows down. Most importantly it propagated a zero emission, zero fuel drive in addition to showcasingthe full potential of a connected car, thereby dispelling all myths related to range anxiety.
This was the right opportunity for the company to demonstrate the many aspects of the car – its ability to traverse tough and difficult terrain,accelerate instantly,its small turning radius and the convenience of clutch free driving.
According to Arvind Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva, “Mahindra e2o is the Mahindra Group’s endeavor to offer its customers a clean, smart and economical personal mobility solution and thus redefine sustainable urbanization.The drive aptly created awareness about the benefits of electric mobility through the Mahindra e2o. As a pioneer of electric vehicles and integrated mobility solutions in India, it is our effort to make EVs more accessible in order to build a cleaner tomorrow. By traversing this vast distance, our e2o’s have effectively dispelled the range anxiety amongst customers and quiteaptly demonstrated the cars’ ability to handleall kinds of terrain.The journey also celebrated incredible India as it traversed through some of India’s most beautiful locales making it a drive of a lifetime”.
The Mahindra e2o is a manifestation of the Mahindra Group’s vision of the ‘Future of Mobility’ which encompasses the ‘5Cs’ framework of Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost Effective vehicle technology. The Mahindra e2ois an Electric Vehicle (EV) designed as a mobility solution for a sustainable zero-emissions society and gains relevance in the face of issues like environmental degradation, pollution related health concerns, climate change, and energy security, all of which plague communities globally. The e2o is manufactured in Mahindra Reva’s state-of-the-art IGBC platinum certified plant in Bangalore. The vehicle can be purchased from authorized dealers, and test drives can be booked after talking to the contact center executives.