Mahindra Reva Wednesday partnered with telecom operator Vodafone for
powering its electric cars with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication
services, with which users can remotely lock their car, control air
conditioning as well as get emergency boost charge for their vehicle.
an app on their smartphones, users can know how much battery is left,
schedule pre-heating or pre-cooling, lock/unlock car door, find the
nearest charging station as well as get an emergency boost charge to go
an extra 8-10 kms," Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Chief of Strategy
and Technology Chetan Maini told reporters Mumbai.
M2M refers to technologies that allow wireless and wired systems to communicate with other enabled-devices.
a part of the partnership, Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the
enterprise arm of Vodafone, will also have access to Mahindra Reva Tech
Help Desk, which can remotely do prognosis and diagnostics of the car,
While the app will be maintained by Mahindra, the M2M technology will be supported by VBS in a five-year deal.
presents a huge opportunity as the market is expected to grow to USD 98
billion by 2018. We have capability to maintain over 10 billion SIMs
and are confident of growing business further, especially from segments
like automobiles," said VBS Director Naveen Chopra.
group had launched 'e2o' in March this year, almost three years after it
acquired Bangalore-based electric car maker Reva.
Priced at Rs.
5.96 lakh (on road Delhi, after state subsidy), the two-door,
four-seater car is powered by lithium-ion batteries and a three-phase
induction electric motor.