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India's Mahindra Group ties up with Jio-bp JV to bolster EV business

India's Mahindra Group ties up with Jio-bp JV to bolster EV business
India's Mahindra Group ties up with Jio-bp JV to bolster EV business   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
By Reuters

BENGALURU -India’s Mahindra Group said on Wednesday it was partnering with Jio-bp, a joint venture of Reliance Industries Ltd and BP Plc, to explore the creation of products and services for strengthening the conglomerate’s electric vehicle push.

Under the non-binding deal, the company will evaluate Jio-bp’s charging and battery swapping technology for its electric three- and four-wheelers, as well as quadricycles and small commercial vehicles.

The partnership will also explore business models such as mobility as a service and battery as a service to help speed up EV adoption in the country.

Currently, EVs make up only a fraction of the country’s auto sales, mainly due to high battery costs and the lack of charging infrastructure.

Jio-bp said in October that it had started offering services for charging and battery swapping for electric vehicles in India.

Mahindra is also looking to bolster its EV business and has been considering raising funds or carving it out as a separate unit. The company expects electric vehicles to account for about 20% of its volumes in India by 2027.