Mahindra is all set to set up a new manufacturing plant for electric SUVs. It will be installed in Pune, Maharashtra.
Mahindra will invest Rs 10,000 crore to make it. It has also received approval from the Government of Maharashtra under the Industrial Promotion Scheme. It will take 7 to 8 years for this plant to be ready.
The company has unveiled the BE Electric SUV under the upcoming Born Electric Vision in August 2022, which will be built on the company’s INGLO platform. The first of the all-new SUVs is expected to arrive by 2024.
Mahindra’s Born Electric SUV will have five models. These include the XUV.E8, XUV.E9, BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. In which XUV.E8 and XUV.E9 will be launched first.
The SUV has been designed at the Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (MADE) facility in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom under the leadership of chief designer Pratap Bose.
Commenting on the development, Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “We are delighted with this approval from the Government of Maharashtra to invest in and set up our EV manufacturing plant in Pune. Maharashtra 70 has been our ‘home’ state for more than a decade.
Along with Mahindra’s investment, the government is paying attention to ‘ease-of-doing-business’ and progressive policies. This will help Maharashtra become the EV hub of India, which will also encourage further Indian and foreign direct investment.
The concept model XUV.e8 features a closed-off front grille, bumper mounted headlamps, full width LED light bar leading to the bumper, a sharply designed hood and angular stance. The XUV.e8 measures 4740mm in length, 1900mm in width and 1760mm in height, wheelbase is 2762mm. Compared to the XUV700, the electric SUV is around 45mm longer, 10mm wider and 5mm taller. It will be made available with up to 80kWh battery pack and AWD (all-wheel drive) system.