The e20 will run on machine to machine communication services from Vodafone. Mahindra Reva collaborated with Vodafone to introduce this service on the e20. The M2M service will enable consumers to lock their car with remote control locking, obtain an emergency boost charge and air conditioning.
According to Chetan Maini, the Chief of Strategy and Technology of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles to reporters, ‘’ employing an app on smartphones can enable consumers to review the battery backup, you can also pre set heating and cooling, lock or unlock your car, locate the nearest charging station and receive an emergency charge to account for 8 to 10 kilometers of smooth drive.’’
The M2M technology is for the direct communication between wired and wireless systems to other devices. Vodafone Business Services which is the enterprise division of Vodafone will have effective access to Mahindra Reva Tech Help Desk that can overview the problems of the car and fix worn out parts. This is a five year contract between Mahindra and Vodafone.
According to Naveen Chopra, the Director of Vodafone Business Services,’’ M2M is an amazing communication service and this segment will expand to $98 billion by 2018. We have the ability to acquire 10 billion SIMs and we are sure about the business transforming to a new level, specifically from automobile markets.’’
The e20 was launched in March, three years after the launch of the Reva electric car acquired by Mahindra. The car is priced at 5.96 lakh Rs, and is fitted with two doors and four seats and operates on powerful lithium-ion charge and three phase electric induction motor.
Mahindra announced that the e20 is one of the selected powerful cars to incorporate the world class telematic technology. With smartphones or computers with internet, e20 users can overview their battery output.
The e20 is the first ever electric car launched by Mahindra developed and produced in the established factory in Bangalore. The interesting features of this car are it is a compact version of the Reva electric car with advanced insertions. The car operates on powerful lithium ion batteries and can traverse 100 kilometers with one full charge. The lithium ion battery is the latest technology which is the first to be employed in electric cars. The car was launched in March and the company is planning to export the car and acquire remarkable profits in the export segment.
The company is now working with Vodafone to introduce the M2M service in the e20 to facilitate effective wired or wireless communication services. This technology is exemplary where consumers can check their battery output. For a car carved with advanced electric technology, the pricing is decent at Rs 5.96 lakhs.
The introduction of M2M technology by Vodafone indicates advancement in the communication services in electric cars. It would be interesting to purchase the e20 with the M2M communication service. The other interesting part of the e20 is the lithium ion batteries can be charged at home, mall and workplace.
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