Mumbai-based radio taxi service Meru has partnered with Indian electric automobile manufacturer Mahindra Electric for a pilot EV project in Hyderabad. According to a recent report from ET, Meru will be deploying a fleet of Mahindra’s eVeritos in the city as part of the pilot project.
At the announcement, Mahesh Babu, CEO Mahindra Electric, was quoted saying:
“This is definitely going to make it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with our constant endeavor to make EVs more accessible to a larger urban population…We believe that innovative and unique partnership models, like this pilot, is what is going to lead the way towards sustainable transportation in urban cities. We are now looking forward to working with Meru to have this project rolled out to more cities”.
During the pilot project, Mahindra’s eVeritos will be available for booking in Hyderabad through Meru’s mobile app and can also be boarded from the Meru Zone at the Hyderabad airport. Nilesh Sangoi, CEO of Meru, was quoted saying:
“Electric Vehicle ecosystem is growing at a rapid pace towards the inflection point where it would soon bridge the viability gap…Based on the learning of this pilot, we will expand this initiative to induct more EVs in our network in other cities that we operate in. Over the next 4 years, we intend to move major parts of our fleet to EVs.”
In order to promote users to opt for the new electric vehicles, the services will be made available at the same fare as governed by the Telangana Government’s radio taxi fares for sedans.