During current world scenario wherein fuel pries are rising rapidly across all corners of the globe due to diminishing supplies, carmakers are exhorting people to try out new technologies that do not use conventional fuels. A step in this direction is development of hybrid cars that use both electric fuel cells and conventional fuel to power automobiles and another has been electric cars which use rechargeable fuel cells only for short distances. Mahindra and Mahindra has taken a step in the right direction by purchasing Bangalore based Reva an indigenous maker of electric cars on a small scale. Within a short period of time Mahindra’s engineers through this subsidiary have developed the innovative e2o electric car surprising industry experts.
During recently held Auto Expo in February 2014, Mahindra has presented the Halo concept electric car which was made in collaboration with carmaker Nissan. Being an original equipment manufacturer Nissan has been working on several techniques simultaneously and this collaboration will enable better technologies through innovation. The carmaker can help Mahindra and Mahindra’s engineers perfect the technology of fuel cells which will improve speed and power of engines used on electric cars. To promote use of these Zero Emission vehicles Nissan is also open to collaboration with a large firm which understands the technology and has necessary production structure in place which can be improved upon to manufacture better cars.
Mahindra’s chairman Pawan Goenka while discussing possibility of a technological agreement with Nissan stated that it would always be open to a discussion with the OEM as it would help the firm create right technological infrastructure within its research and production units. Nissan can assist Mahindra in setting up charging units and creating a viable network which is vital for popularizing use of electrical vehicles in the country. Mahindra’s latest electric motor powered “Halo” sports car which is being readied for delivery generates 140 bhp of power and will also be able to accelerate from 0 – 100 within 8 seconds. The Halo has been entirely conceptualized and constructed using skills and knowledge of Mahindra’s local engineers in its Bangalore research center.
The production model of this car is likely to be priced between 30-35 lakhs and can achieve top speeds of 160 kmph and can run continuously for 200 km on fully charged batteries. Interiors of Halo four seater car are aesthetically designed with wide leather seats, touchscreen infotainment technology and engine which performs like a race track car. Though the car is a marvel it is quite expensive by local standards as domestic markets lack necessary infrastructure needed to charge this car on a regular basis. While this can be taken care of by government support the same is lacking in both local and international markets. The firm hopes that after its collaboration with Nissan it can set up suitable installer infrastructure for its cars which do not require government subsidies. Mahindra will be using the Halo as a suitable car to demonstrate its technological ability within global electric car industry as an indigenously made product in India.