Mahindra’s first electric two-wheeler is slated for launch in the US towards the middle of the year. A team at Palo Alto, California, is readying the vehicle that has been christened GenZe. California is known for its tough vehicle emission legislations. The Mahindra GenZe can be seen as a good example of legislation-led innovation. The GenZe promises to be ‘the new fun, fast way to get around’. Reports suggest that the electric scooter will debut with a price tag of USD 3,000 (Rs 180,000). It was first unveiled in the US in September last year. It has been conceived at Silicon Valley and ‘is part of a single global initiative from Mahindra to address the growing problem of transportation in crowded cities across the world’.
A local Mahindra outfit headquartered in Palo Alto, California had showcased the electric scooter at the Santa Monica Altcar Expo in September last year to test the responses. The vehicle complete with the M&M logo, looks radically different than its peers with utility being kept high on the list.
The GenZe is expected to have a range of around 50km and a top speed of 50kph. It will be driven by a 1.4KW (1.8bhp) motor. The vehicle will have a replaceable lithium ion integrated power module, which includes the battery pack, controller and the charger in one compact unit, giving it a high operational flexibility.