Mahindra Wants To Make Self-Driving Electric Vehicles

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Mahindra, the Indian automotive and technology giant, has plans to enter the fields of electric vehicles and self-driving cars.
The latest news from the Indian corporation came from Anand Mahindra, the CEO of the homonymous company.

In a discussion with the Brits at Autocar, the Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra revealed a plan of sharing expertise between the multiple companies of the Indian group.

Mahindra has a team enrolled in the Formula E championship, and the most recent race was held in London, awhere CEO of the corporation was engaged in talks with journalists.

As it has been shown, Mahindra wants the company to develop various products for intelligent mobility, which will include a line of autonomous electric vehicles.

Besides being an automaker, Mahindra also has one of the largest tech companies in its native country as a part of the group. The CEO of the Mahindra corporation wants to use every resource available at its disposal to provide it with a range of self-driving electric vehicles, which will be sold as Mahindra models.

Mahindra also owns the Ssangyong and Pininfarina brands, which makes it an important player in the global automotive industry, and not just a giant in its domestic market. Pawan Goenka, Mahindra’s executive director, has confirmed the fact that the future self-driving technology developed for Mahindra cars will eventually trickle to the other brands in its portfolio.

Asked about the company’s involvement in Formula E, Mahindra’s executive director described the championship as a “catalyst,” which will help speed up development of electric motors and battery technology. While Mahindra already has electric vehicles in its portfolio, the current offering still has a way to go until they match the industry leader in the field, Tesla Motors.

At the same time as Mahindra is preparing to enter the segment of autonomous vehicles and expand its range of electric cars, an American brand financed by a Chinese billionaire has a similar quest. They are called Faraday Future, and they want to beat Tesla more than anything else.
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