Mahindra Electric, the maker of Treo electric three-wheelers and eVerito electric cars, sees partnership with Smart Blu and SmartE, besides supplies to EESL, as boosting its EV sales in 2019-20. (Photographer: Graham Crouch/Bloomberg)

Mahindra Electric Expects To Double EV Sales In 2019-20

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.’s electric vehicle arm expects last year’s momentum in sales to continue in 2019-20.

Mahindra Electric , which saw its EV sales grow two-and-a-half times to 10,276 units in 2018-19 from 4,026 units in 2017-18, has also started supplying EVs to state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. for the second phase of a combined 10,000 units order. The electric car maker had doubled its sales in 2018-19 over the year-ago period, due to its focus on electric vehicles for fleet operators and three-wheelers.

“Last year we have more than doubled (sales)... The growth rate will not be lower than what achieved last year, I don't see it falling this year,” Mahindra Electric chief executive officer Mahesh Babu told reporters in Mumbai.

Stating that the company has been “almost doubling” its EV sales, Babu said that the growth will continue to be driven through partnership with new age smart mobility providers like Smart Blu and SmartE besides supplies to EESL.

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“The strategy for 2019 will be more on fleet and three wheelers," Babu said, adding the company expects large offtake of its electric three-wheeler Treo once registration issues are sorted out at various states,” Babu said. “Central government has already announced zero need for permits for electric three-wheelers but we are facing some challenges in the states, which they we progressively working to help us. Once that is done I think large deployment of three-wheelers is in our pipeline.”

Last year, Mahindra Electric had announced a partnership with electric vehicle fleet operator SmartE, under which the latter would deploy a total of 10,000 Mahindra electric three-wheelers across India by 2020.

On the other hand, as part of its partnership with Blu Smart, 500 eVerito sedans will be inducted into the latter's fleet by March 2020, up from the current 70.

Commenting on the supply to EESL, Babu said Mahindra Electric has already started supplying its eVerito sedan to in the next phase in which it will provide 50 percent of the remaining order for 9,500 units with the rest to be supplied by rival Tata Motors Ltd.

“The EESL (second phase) offtake has taken place,” Babu said, adding already the company has already delivered 500 units with another 500 in the pipeline.

In the first phase of the EESL order, Mahindra had supplied 250 units.

Mahindra Group had last year announced Rs 1,000 crore investment plan over a period of three years to enhance manufacturing capacity of EVs to 75,000 units annually from 15,000 units besides strengthening its research and development.