Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., a part of the USD 16.2 billion Mahindra Group, announced that it has partnered with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to set up an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at the Airport.
With the tie-up, BIAL will become the first Indian airport to have EV charging infrastructure in the country. The facilities are offered exclusively to Mahindra e2o customers, free of cost with an additional benefit of 20% discount on parking charges.
The city is home to the largest number of electric cars in the country and the most EV friendly market with its significant charging infrastructure. While 95% of the charging is done at home, Mahindra Reva has installed over 100 Charge points at convenient locations across the city. All the charging stations are strategically located and customers will have access to at least one every 5 kms.
The 100+ public EV charging stations in Bangalore include shopping malls, various State Bank of India branches, numerous automotive garages, M&M Dealerships, Mom & ME retail outlets and now BIAL.
Commenting on the initiative, Chetan Maini, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are happy to partner with Bangalore International Airport Limited and appreciate their belief in our vision of the future of mobility. Facilitating free EV charging at the airport will help customers to do affordable airport commutes from various parts of the city without any range anxiety. We look forward to working with the government and other entities to create an EV ecosystem for the adoption of zero emission mobility for cleaner and greener cities.”
BIAL, over a period of a few years, has meticulously planned and executed several initiatives and measures in developing an environment-friendly infrastructure. The airport constantly endeavors to develop and operate in compliance with regulatory requirements, best management practices and with sensitivity to the environment and local community. “Bengaluru International Airport has transitioned to an ecologically sustainable airport through various efforts. We are proud to have partnered with Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd in their efforts to create an enabling and sustainable environment. We look forward to support such alternative methods that help us work towards developing an environment-friendly airport” said Mr. G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, BIAL, on the new initiative.
Mahindra Reva is a pioneer of electric vehicle (EV) technologies and one of the world’s most experienced EV manufacturers. Founded in 1994 as the Reva Electric Car Company, the company was a joint venture between the Maini Group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA. Reva focused on creating affordable electric cars through advanced technology and launched its first model in India in 2001 and in London in 2004.
In May 2010, the USD 16.2 billion, Mahindra Group acquired a majority stake in the company, which was renamed Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd. Mahindra Reva is headquartered in Bengaluru, India.
Mahindra Reva exemplifies the Mahindra Group’s vision of the Future of Mobility. The Future of Mobility envisions an automotive ecosystem that brings Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost-effective (the 5 C’s) mobility solutions to customers across the world. Today, Mahindra Reva has one of the world’s largest deployed fleets of electric cars – customers in 24 countries have driven their Reva’s petrol-free for over 200 million kilometres. The company manufactures cars, licenses out its electric vehicle technologies, electrifies existing platforms, and helps to deliver integrated zero-emissions mobility solutions. The company’s new factory in Bengaluru, the first automobile plant to get platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council, capable of producing 30,000 cars per year, was inaugurated in August 2012.
Recently, Mahindra Reva was ranked 22nd in the prestigious ‘Fast Company’ magazine listing of the Top 50 Most Innovative Global Companies of 2013. The company also won the ‘Innovation’ award from respected Italian magazine, Focus, during March 2013. It is one of only three global companies to have received this award for the development of the new ‘Mahindra e2o’ and the new environment friendly plant at Bengaluru.