Collaboration between VW and Mahindra –

Mahindra and Volkswagen have signed a partnership in order for the Indian company to use components of the MEB platform, on which the VW Group builds purely electric models.

In particular, Volkswagen will provide electric motors, batteries and other components of the MEB platform, with Mahindra using the systems in the Born Electric Platform, as it calls its platform on which its electric models will be based.

The partnership agreement was signed at an event in Chennai and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. India’s market is the fifth largest in the world (with 3 million sales per year), behind the markets of China, USA, Europe and of Japan. According to forecasts, annual sales of electric vehicles will reach 5 million units by 2030.

India’s vehicle fleet is one of the oldest in the world, with cars on the country’s roads being mostly of old anti-pollution technology. At the UN Conference on Climate Change last November in Glasgow (COP26), India had promised that from 2035 only zero-emission vehicles would be sold in the country.

India is the third country with the highest greenhouse gas emissions in the world and hosts 14 of the most polluted cities in the world. Today the sales percentage of purely electric vehicles does not exceed 1%, mainly due to the lack of charging infrastructure and the high cost of batteries.

According to a Greenpeace study, 2.3 million people die in India each year due to high levels of air pollution, with tobacco deaths just a fraction higher, adding that 3% of the country’s GDP was lost due to of toxic cloud levels.

New Delhi is the most polluted city in India, with concentrations of particulate matter 13 times above the annual limit set by the World Health Organization.

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