Mahindra Electric has inked an agreement with Tamil Nadu’s experimental township of Auroville to pilot India’s first integrated sustainable mobility ecosystem on a community scale. The two parties will work with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Puducherry Smart City Development Limited, Go Green BOV and numerous initiatives at Auroville to develop an ‘ecosystem’ encompassing Mahindra’s electric vehicles (EVs), smart parking systems, charging infrastructure and its NEMO software integration platform.
Mahindra also aims to enable mobility models like ride sharing and hailing and self-drive rentals. Town planner PSCDL, supported by the French government, will also play a key role.
The Indian company has also unveiled an energy storage solution which it says will play a key role in enabling the Auroville community – including charging infrastructure, EV parking and an EV support centre – and which will help harness renewable power, thus becoming an end-to-end green solution provider.
Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric said: “The evolution of a common platform integrating mobility, energy storage and charging for an entire community, is an important step to ensure quick scalability in [the] future. We are confident that Mahindra Electric’s NEMO will prove to be the most suitable platform to develop a sustainable mobility ecosystem for any community.”
Minhaj Ameen, Coordinator of Integrated Transport Services for Auroville, added: “After two decades of experimenting with mobility solutions for public and private transport for the community, Auroville believes that the innovation in technology and support from partners such as Mahindra Electric, IISC and Go Green will enable Auroville to start prototyping end-to-end sustainable mobility solutions which can then be replicated across other cities.”