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Intriguing details of Komodo Concept SUV

Mahindra is a renowned figure of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) market in India, and has for years produced first rate products. The company has a stake with the established South Korean firm SsangYong and a popular model out of the collaboration is Mahindra Komodo Concept SUV. It is a stunning vehicle to own and has vintage and contemporary identities, let’s explore some of the exclusive details.

mahindra komodo concept by makrand patil

Mahindra Komodo Concept

Sources are marvelled by the design, and also the power of the vehicle, the exemplary styling is the brainwave of ace designer Makrand Patil, and Veleriy Dimov. The duo undertook the project as a part of final year graduation assignment. According to Markrand, Mahindra and Mahindra is one of the partners of the project. To undertake a new car design project that involves new design is a challenging task.

The process of the project was divided into various stages, the initial segment involved conduction in-depth research of the brand, and then market analysis study and later on innovative concepts and lastly competition analysis. Apart from the styling and construction process, naming the vehicle was a tacky task, analyzing the fact that it should suit the brand image of Mahindra, and the engineers were familiar with the common ‘O’ nomenclature and Komodo therefore seemed to be the perfect fit, and it has an interesting meaning attached to it something related to the lizard.

Mahindra vehicles are appreciated for innovative designs, and over the years it gets more and more contemporary, evident on the new-generation Scorpio. The vision behind the design concept of Komodo according to Makrand is to keep the powerful design alive. It was something that was first initiated by Mahindra, first visible under the potent Willy’s production line.

Mahindra vehicles bear aggressive designs, and according to the latest trends in vehicle architecture technology, the exterior framework has drifted towards the contemporary angle. Taking the modifying aspect into consideration Valeriy and Makrand have developed Komodo with ultra-modern fashion statement. It is a potent car hugely capable of zooming through challenging and rough road terrains with ease. When questioned on the engine specs of the car, Makrand commented, Komodo was built as a product that would represent the future and hence runs on a diesel mill. The public will surely be marvelled at the measurement dynamics at first sight. It is 1900mm wide and 4800mm long.  The inner decor is premium to the core and is abundantly spacious.

Makrand gave a statement on the desired styling cues and said the prime selling features are elegance, design aggressiveness and deep muscular lines. Mahindra Komodo is a great car to own and is a symbol of future line of design though process. As mentioned earlier, Mahindra is among the first to trap the styling and power of the utility vehicle market.

Mahindra Komodo SUV is a class luxury vehicle, and in the future too there are many intriguing new products to look forward to such as S101, new generation Bolero and new Thar.

Mahindra’s attempts to promote electric vehicles

Electric vehicles represent a powerful future.  It represents a future without gas, which will greatly help in the conservation of this scarce commodity, while minimizing pollution. Electric vehicles also promise a more silent ride. Electric vehicles, are, however, not very cheap and a lot of work needs to be done to make them competitive with conventionally-run vehicles, particularly as regards price and range.

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Mahindra Rise New Logo

Formula E

Among several initiatives that have recently been floated to promote electric vehicles is the Formula E championship. It commenced in Beijing in September 2014 and will run until June 2015. This will enable it to compete in 10 of the world’s leading cities including Berlin and London. It features several former Formula 1 drivers such as Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Jean-Eric Vergne, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna.  Its races have already garnered a lot of popularity.

Mahindra’s promotion initiatives

Indian car manufacturer Mahindra will use Formula R to promote its electric transportation technologies.  Mahindra’s drivers are Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna. The upcoming Miami ePrix circuit will make for a challenging race. And it will also feature Mahindra’s new electric two-wheeler, the GenZe 2.0.

About the GenZe 2.0

The GenZe is aimed to help the urban commuter navigate through the treacherous city traffic. Numerous inconveniences, such as pollution, traffic congestion and parking issues make negotiating city traffic difficult. However, the GenZe promises a smooth ride for the urban commuter.  It is aimed to be introduced in California within a few months. It has a removable 1.6 Kwh lithium ion battery which can be charged at any electrical outlet. And therein lies one of the biggest advantages of electric vehicles-there is absolutely no need to journey to gas stations, even the humble power sockets we come across everyday can easily help to recharge them. The added 12V charging ports can also be used to charge other devices.  The GenZe 2.0 is also equipped with a Cruise-Connect system. This makes it the first ever cloud-based connected scooter. A simple app can be more than enough to take care of every feature present on the scooter. This will make it very convenient and hassle-free to use. The “Cruise-Connect System” will monitor 100 different data points about the scooter.

Further info about the GenZe

The dashboard is an 8 inch touchscreen which enables three driving modes to be used. As far as looks go, it is a very ordinary-looking vehicle, but its practicality and ease of use will make most prospective users swoon.  The GenZe 2.0 has a 30 mile range, and a top speed of 30 mph. It can be recharged in 3.5 hours.

The GenZe 2.0 also provides for an under-seat storage for smaller items. It also possesses a larger carrying bin at the back. Riders thus have plenty of room for their gear.  The introductory price is $2999, making it a cheap and affordable option.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that the GenZe represents the newest and best in an emerging sub-segment of electric vehicles which has the potential to take the market by storm. We shall soon know what the customer thinks!

The spied U301 gets more mysterious with new dashboard

Mahindra is building a U301 sport utility vehicle (SUV), and there have been extensive reports about it for months. Car enthusiasts have captured the vehicle again and the spy vehicle revealed new dashboard. It is a sub four meter vehicle and the expected arrival period is some during the latter period of 2015.

Mahindra U301 interiors spyshot

The design development of U301 is adopted from shorter Scorpio platform, and it will bear a more contemporary architecture and the attractiveness is highlighted by shiny chrome and silver inserts. The structure of instrument panel is professional packed with a couple of classy looking chrome ring dials also seen on XUV500, and the other intriguing new fitting is a new premium steering wheel with audio controls.

The outline of stereo and central air vents is classy and molded into an imaginative polygonal console also visible on Sx4 S-Cross. It is a feature rich vehicle, filled with a world class audio system with aux-in and USB connectivity and it also has a 12V socket. Passer by’s have discovered the presence of robust rotary air-con knobs on the most loaded vehicle, and the top end ZLX car will be devoid of climate control.

The spy vehicle also revealed manual gearbox, and the earlier spy car seemed to have AMT, was showcased at the prestigious 2014 Auto Expo. An important point to note is the vehicle launch with two wheel drive (2WD) only, and the most loaded car is certain to have dual front airbags, ABS and potent air con vents.

Mahindra has for years been a pioneer of the utility vehicle market, and the arrival of U301 will intensify the competition power to a whole new level. Some of its arch rivals are Tata Sumo, Tata Movus and Chevrolet Tavera. The likely price range is Rs 6 to 8 lakhs.

Mahindra has not altered the mechanical properties of Bolero and the next-gen vehicle will be equipped with the sale 1.5 liter three cylinder diesel mill engineered with the advanced turbocharged technology. According to reports, the firm may launch a 1.6 liter petrol engine developed on a joint collaboration basis with the esteemed South Korean firm SsangYong. At the moment only a 2WD launch is certain and sources say the firm might introduce a 4WD vehicle mostly for overseas segments.

Bolero is among the firm profit generators for Mahindra, and the new vehicle is a better groomed version of the past. Customers can be excited by the fact that it looks more ultra-modern to its predecessor from inside out. The core character of the vehicle is however retained. The new U301 has been captured again with new dashboard, and each time it is spotted the new details only get more and more fascinating.

For those who are really eager to own the new 301, will have to wait for months till the terminal phase of 2015. Till then let’s wait for more mesmerizing details, and it is the perfect vehicle for ardent adventure buffs, who can explore the best of off-terrain vacation.

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Enthusiasts have traced a spy new generation Scorpio automatic

Mahindra a renowned Indian automobile enterprise stunned the crowd with its new Scorpio facelift. The current model is the new-generation car, and for some amazing piece of news, the firm is all set to introduce an automatic variant of the vehicle. The expected launch is days away from now sometime during mid April.

Mahindra Scorpio Automatic

The new generation Scorpio is a thriller draped with contemporary exteriors and grander interiors to its predecessor. The same kind of vehicle will arrive with automatic transmission linked to six speed unit. The system will be incorporated into the most loaded S10 variant and the likely price range is Rs 1 lakh, over the manual car.

Mahindra has not altered the mechanical properties of the car and it will be equipped with an efficient 2.2 liter mHawk mill that churns fierce 280Nm torque and 120bhp power energies. The company has decided to use the 5 speed manual transmission system as standard, Scorpio is among the top sellers of the Indian sport utility vehicle market, and the arrival of the automatic variant will elevate the intense competition to a whole new level, and its fiercest rivals are Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster.

The company seems to aim to conquer the automatic transmission market and plans to fit an automatic transmission into XUV500, upcoming U301 and Quanto. Scorpio is a vehicle that has excited ardent sport utility vehicle (SUV) fanatics in the country. It is high on engine power and can traverse through any given challenging terrain with ease.

The design shift on new generation Scorpio to its predecessors is the contemporary exterior architecture. The true nature of the vehicle is however retained; Mahindra’s aim to build an ultra-modern Scorpio is certainly to conquer the competitive sport utility vehicle market. The market share volume of the segment has expanded vastly and the biggest contributors are Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport.

The interiors of new generation Scorpio are as unique as the exteriors; customers can explore all the amenities of comfort and convenience needed for a luxurious ride experience. It has a state of the art rich 6-inch infotainment system, stunning blue and grey décor, voice system, professionally sculpted instrument cluster, enriching refined upholstery, parking sensors and climate control. The vehicle is also adequately packed with safety, with high-end Panic Braking feature, EBD, ABS and dual airbags.

Mahindra has introduced a new source of fascination in India, a forthcoming automatic Scorpio car. For those who are super excited about it, the likely arrival period is just days away, and it is something that cannot be missed. The company has for years amazed the crowd with its phenomenal range of utility vehicles, perfect to head on a life-remembering journey through the toughest of tough terrains and the best part is occupants can be assured of top class safety.

The company has probably planned to introduce the car at a perfect period, mid April, the summer season, best time to head to cooling hill station regions.

The engine power of XUV500 against Tata Safari Dicor

Mahindra a highly reputed Indian based automobile firm is a pioneer of the utility vehicle market. On the thought of Mahindra SUV a product that surfaces is XUV500, it is a common sight on Indian roads and a source of marvel and luxury to a large group of family and friends.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500

The biggest rival of Mahindra on home soil is Tata Motors, and Tata Safari Dicor is a proficient sport utility vehicle. For years the public has debated on the power of XUV500 versus Tata Safari Dicor. The holiday season is soon approaching and there is a section of the population that is hunting for a new sport utility vehicle and there are no better choices than XUV500 or Tata Safari Dicor, it is a tedious process to opt for the better out of the two. Let’s compare and find out.

Mahindra XUV500 is recognized for its highly efficient engine power and is fitted with a powerful 16V mHawk diesel engine with a phenomenal 2179cc displacement capacity. The potent engine churns 330Nm and 140bhp, and is engineered with an advanced direct injection fuel supply technology. The transmission of power happens through a six speed manual transmission gearbox. The company has introduced a front wheel drive (FWD) car as well and it moves with a maximum speed of 175km/h. Its acceleration power is immense and zooms through o to 100 in only 12.5 seconds. The fuel consumption power is 70 liters and the expected mileage on city roads is 12kmpl and on ideal highway conditions it offers 15.1kmpl. The price of high-end variant is Rs 14.5 lakhs.

Tata Safari Storme Explorer

Tata Safari Dicor Storme is a high-energy vehicle and runs on a proficient displacement capacity of 2179cc.  Its high intensity engine power is contributed by a potent 16V Dicor power train that churns 320Nm and 138.1bhp, and the engine is build with an innovative common rail direct fuel injection technology and coupled to five speed manual transmission gearbox. Consumers can opt between the 4×2 and 4×4 variants, and the highest attainable speed is 160km/h and moves with an acceleration power of 0 to 100 in only 15.8 seconds. Occupants can venture on any length and breadth of drive and not be too concerned about mileage consumption; a full tank can accommodate around 65 litres. The mileage power on highways is 11.57 kmpl and on city terrains it offers 8.32kmpl. The cost of the most loaded vehicle is Rs 10.2 lakhs.

The sport utility vehicle market in India is a highly established industry, and there are no bigger players than Mahindra and Tata Motors. The SUV significance of the firms is witnessed on international soil. The prime selling feature of SUV is spark engine power and XUV500 and Tata Safari Dicor Stome is unbeatable in this regard. The two cars are equipped with equally effectual engine power, but XUV500 is the superior model with regard to mileage. It is costlier but offers more value for money.

S101 spied again and enthusiasts have discovered some more fascinating details

A fantastic new offering of Mahindra is S101, it is an exclusive new car, and was a sight of attraction for months in the form of spy shots. Car enthusiasts have captured the vehicle again, and this time many more intriguing details are revealed. From the nature of development, sources say the vehicle is ready to enter the production stage.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

The spotted new S101 is heavily camouflaged, and it had radiating LED tail lights, it is the biggest threat to Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport. Mahindra is developing the car on a high-tech scale and it will be engineered on an advanced monocoque platform. Mahindra has for years been a pioneer of the utility vehicle market and its products are packed with style and efficiency. The popular ones are Scorpio, XUV500, Bolero, Xylo and Thar.

S101 is high on engine power, and the engines are newly developed ones, the potent engine line up consists of a 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engine, 1.5 litre petrol, 1.5 litre diesel, 1.0 litre petrol and 1.2 litre petrol and diesel power trains. As mentioned earlier, reports state the captured spy S101 is ready to enter the production stage, the earlier spied car revealed feature richness, and it has electronic stability programme, four airbags, electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock braking system.

The design architecture of S101 draws inspiration from the all new Scorpio and XUV500, and the level of satisfaction and luxury is parallel to other Mahindra SUV products. The design of LCD Multi Function Display and instrument cluster of S101 is parallel to Scorpio VLX, and the design of steering wheel is similar to XUV500. The dashboard is professionally styled, but has minimal design cues, the gear level is fitted in centre console and the front compartment has an additional bench seat, which means it can accommodate not two but three occupants, inclusive of driver.

Mahindra aims to introduce a cost-effective pricing for S101, and according to reports, the company is targeting an initial rate that is somewhere less than Rs 4 lakh to fit the legalities of the increase in excise duty rates, and expect an average price range of Rs 4.10 lakhs. For months there have been extensive reports on S101, and it is a highly desirable new Mahindra sport utility vehicle to go after.

The known details of S1010 up till now are intriguing and the fascinating elements are inscribed on the fitment of front bench seat. The other interesting feature is the monocoque chassis engineering platform. As mentioned earlier Mahindra is a forerunner of the utility vehicle market, but its presence has diminished in recent times, the customer sentiment value is drifted towards Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.

The whole country is mesmerized by the details of S101, and it is among the hottest new products of 2015. Analyzing the fact that the vehicle is production ready, the launch is likely to happen soon. For those keen to buy the car, it is a worthy purchase to explore a new never seen before SUV atmosphere.

Reva e20 has been moving on the streets for over twenty five years

Mahindra Reva e20 is the first automatic electric car manufactured in India, and it is in the list of ten cars manufactured twenty five years ago. Mahindra Reva is a pioneering electric vehicle component in India, which implies the company is among the first to conquer the electric vehicle market.

Reva e20

Mahindra Reva e20

Automobile companies all over the globe are devising new theories to fuel electric vehicles, and it is termed to be the sustainable mobility of the future. Electric vehicles run on battery technology and it can be driven to any length and breadth with just few hours of charge. It is certainly a boon in the current fast paced world, where so many new products and product variants are discovered rapidly.

Mahindra Reva e20 is a common sight on Indian roads, and the efficiency and beneficial outcome of the vehicle is defined through the 5C concept which is cost-effective, clever, connected, convenient and clean. The vehicle is fitted with a robust electric engine coupled with automatic gearbox. Owners will have to charge their vehicle for just an hour to cover a distance of 100km, and it is just perfect for ardent travelers who can immerse in hours of globe trekking. It runs on efficient lithium ion battery fitted in a powerful 15A power socket, and owners can install a solar power panel as well.

Reva e20 is sold in a couple of variants, T2 and T0, the TO is the base model and here there is no infotainment system and also Bluetooth connectivity, and the base vehicle is devoid of rear parking camera as well. Mahindra has acquired worldly fame with e20 and Europe is among the favorable export destinations. The company’s vision behind the sale of the vehicle is to offer a product that is reasonable and also one that emits low emissions. Reva e20 perfectly fits the bill.

Electric vehicles are a good alternative to conventional mode of travel, and so much is benefited from owning e20. According to reports consumers can preserve fuel by eight times the amount against the regular diesel and petrol vehicles. Automobile companies all over the globe are developing new theories to fuel electric vehicles, because the world is looking at sustainable mobility to just not be concerned about the burden of having to fill fuel every hour or so. Such a burden is vanished with electric cars.

Reva e20 is developed by a pioneering team of engineers at the established Bangalore factory. It is a product of a new form of design and engine engineering innovation, but the power of the technology does not blend in with market sustainability power. The main cause is insufficient infrastructure, the government is promoting the technology, but we will only have to wait on watch on the extent of progression.

There is no greater feeling than to drive Reva e20, it is so one of a kind, and let’s hope to view many more electric cars in India in the near future.

Mahindra to exhibit a series of potent electric vehicles at Formula E Miami race

Automobile companies all over the globe are investing majorly in the segment of clean and green technology. Mahindra and Mahindra has invested significantly in electric vehicle segment and earned phenomenal fame with e20 electric vehicle. The power of the technology is transformed to racing circuit, and Mahindra is all set to display its latest innovative electric technology at the prestigious Formula E electric car racing event in Miami.

Formula E Miami race

Established car racers Bruno Senna from Brazil and Karum Chandhok, will represent electric vehicles. Chandhok has done Indian proud with his proficient racing skills, and he is now finding a slot at Formula E racing tournament and he will cruise along the city. The vision behind Mahindra to display its amazing range of electric vehicles is to showcase the power of sustainable transportation.

The Formula E race event is challenging and it will involve a wide network of ten teams and Mahindra is among the strong players. The first ever Formula E Racing Series tournament commended in 2014 September in Beijing, and it will continue till 2015 June. The event is conducted on a large scale in ten cities inclusive of London and Berlin.

Formula E tournament is a relatively new venture and an intriguing one as well, it is a different game, and a rather new experience for drivers who were all this while accustomed to driving conventional cars. The whole world is fascinated by the power and advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Formula R racing is a platform to showcase the power and high sustainability outcomes of electric vehicles to the globe. The beneficial outcome of this technique is the creation of clean energies that would save the planet and reduce the outcome of pollution by leaps and bounds. The race is held in Miami and contenders will have to fight a fierce battle through a vast acreage of 2.17km track.

Extensive research and development is being conducted in the field of green vehicle technology. Mahindra is among the first to trap the electric car market and the invention of e202 stunned the world. The awareness of eco-friendly vehicles has expanded considerably, and people are concerned about the high-intensity increase in pollution, created by the development of vast buildings and the public years to have some green space to breath in fresh air.

The e20 is a representation of a sustainable future, and it runs on potent lithium ion battery, it is a fashionable four seat vehicle. The electric engine pumps out fierce 25bhp power at 3750rpm and the other electric mill churns 19.85bhp at 3000rpm. Occupants can encounter desired luxury inside, the space is sufficient enough to accommodate four occupants.

It will be interesting to view an amazing range of Mahindra vehicles at the highly acclaimed Formula E race in Miami. It is a proud moment for the company and also for the country, and in the near future there is likely to be many more electric vehicles on the streets, and years from now the number of electric vehicles may be on par with conventional ones.

Mahindra feels electric vehicle will contribute about two to five percent profits

Advancement in automobile engineering technology has progressed leaps and bounds, and automobile firms in many parts of the globe are emerging with new electric vehicle technology theories. Mahindra an established Indian based automobile manufacture is among the strong players of the electric car market, and its green vehicle innovation is engraved on e20 electric vehicle.

Mahindra Reva E20 Vodafone

There are hundreds of electric and hybrid vehicles on the streets, although supreme, the impact of the technology has not crossed desired limits. Many of us would debate on how much profits would electric vehicles contribute to the automobile industry and Mahindra is of the view that only 2 to 5% will emerge from the electric vehicle segment.

The President and Executive Director of the farm equipment and automotive sector of Mahindra, Pawan Goenka stated, ‘’ we are optimistic about the admirable profit yielding power of electric vehicles and in the coming five years the sector will contribute about two to five percent profits. ‘’ He also stated that electric vehicles may not be used as a common platform on a day to day basis like conventional cars, but would be perfect as a commercial medium because of the expected significant revenue contribution by government all over the globe. The determined annual budget is Rs 75 crore, sufficient for large scale manufacturing.

Goenka says he is hopeful that there would be considerable volumes of electric vehicles on the streets during 2016 fiscal year. The power of electric car technology is not only visible on the streets, but on the race car platform as well, and Mahindra is among the participants of the prestigious and highly competitive Formula E team, packed with first rate electric vehicles. The company made a statement saying it aims to expand its electric vehicle portfolio to two wheelers, bikes and electric cars. Mahindra has put down heavy investments to promote Reva vehicles in Ann Harbour and California in US.

The supremacy of electric vehicle technology is visible to the public in recent times, and Goenka is of the view that sufficient amount of time is needed, for the streets to be jam packed with such products. The e20 is manufactured at the established Mahindra Reva factory in Bangalore, and the project was completed by a pioneering team of engineers. The main concern with the progression of electric vehicles in India is insufficient infrastructure.

Automobile companies all over the world are discovering new electric vehicle technologies and Mahindra is a big player in the market. Apart from electric vehicles, the latest green car technique discovery is hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The viability of electric cars is engraved on potent lithium ion battery, and it is a sustainable form of movement. Consumers can drive to any length and breadth with just a few hours of battery charge.

It will be intriguing to witness the future of electric vehicle technology, and years from it is likely to be commonly used, to be able to finish million tasks at a go.

BAJA-SAE India and the Mahindra connection

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Teams of university students from all over the world design and build small off road cars, which have identical engines and other specifications.

Baja SAE

Introduction to the BAJA-SAE

BAJA-SAE India is run by SAE India. The history of the BAJA can be tracked down to the participation of the Delhi College of Engineering students who participated in the Mini Baja in 2002.  Since 2007, SAE India has been hosting the BAJA-SAE India annually.   The 2015 edition was held at Pithampur on the outskirts of Indore and it had over 8,000 students from various engineering colleges all over the country participating in it. The 2015 edition concluded on the 24th of February.  The title sponsor of this event is, as has been for the past eight years, is Mahindra India. The theme for this year was “Beyond Boundaries”-the very title suggests an encouragement to budding engineers to aspire harder to achieve their aims.  An extensive interview of Mahindra executive director and president, Animesh Das, was held afterwards by Autocarpro India.  Mr. Das expressed his pleasure at the tough standards set by the event. The prime emphasis, according to him, was quality.

Details of the BAJA-SAE

This claim is made quite clear by the fact that out of 300 applicants, only 75 could participate. The standards of difficulty, according to Mr. Das, are world class. The experience gained by the engineering students are sure to be put into good use for the next year. This will also enable world-class talent to be spotted in Indian universities. Overall, a free hand as regards design was given, with the only restriction being the inability of the cars to exceed the 60 kph speed limit. This allowed the students to put their creative skills to good use.  The event started with basic Static Evaluation which saw the design, cost and marketing aspects getting evaluated. The Dynamic Evaluation round which followed saw the drive quality aspects of the off-road vehicles being tested-speed, hill climb and maneuverability was checked. And lastly, the Durability Evaluation Round saw the vehicle’s ability to operate in rough terrain being tested.

Winners and the e-BAJA

College of Engineering, Pune bagged the winner’s prize, with the D.Y.Patil College of Engineering, also from Pune and the Vellore Institute of technology finishing second and third respectively.

This year also saw the debut of the “e-Baja”. This enabled electric buggies to be tested. According to Mr. Das, this initiative was part of a brand new effort to promote electric vehicles. Mahindra’s commitment to developing the electric vehicle industry appears to remain firm. The “e-Baja” buggys were powered by electric motors driven by rechargeable battery packs. This concept is expected to be further extended in 2016. The number of participating students-8,000 this year-is also expected to further go up.  This year also saw the highest number of sponsors. All of these serve to paint a very positive picture regarding the future of this exciting initiative.

Conclusion

One can only hope that the BAJA SAE India goes from strength to strength and continues to provide a solid platform for the automotive engineers of tomorrow. Mahindra’s contribution in this regard should also be acknowledged.