VW, Mahindra explore partnership for electric vehicle components

NEW DELHI -Volkswagen is exploring a partnership to supply electric components to Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra, the organizations reported on Thursday.

Volkswagen and Mahindra are evaluating the scope of the collaboration and be expecting to finalize the source agreement by the stop of 2022, they stated.

Mahindra is setting up a ground-up electric automobile (EV) system called “Born Electric”, in which it strategies to use components these types of as electric motors, battery procedure components and battery cells sourced from Volkswagen.

The partnership comes at a time when Key Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is featuring corporations billions of pounds in incentives to build EVs and their areas regionally, as India seems to be to meet up with its weather change and carbon reduction targets.

“Collectively with Mahindra, we want to contribute drastically to the electrification of India,” mentioned Thomas Schmall, chief govt of Volkswagen Group Components.

Volkswagen has created a modular, open up motor vehicle system for EVs, identified as MEB, which is employed to make to its individual cars and all those of other group firms including Skoda and Audi. This also enables Volkswagen to be a provider of electric powered know-how and elements to other automakers.

Rajesh Jejurikar, executive director for the car and farm sectors at Mahindra, mentioned Volkswagen’s “comprehensive technological know-how, innovation, and vertical integration in source chains” will present a framework to develop Mahindra’s EV system which the firm will reveal shortly.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah Modifying by Kim Coghill)