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Auto Expo 2020: Mahindra Funster Electric Vehicle Concept Unveiled in India

The Mahindra Funster EV Concept at the Auto Expo 2020
(Image: Mahindra and Mahindra)

The Mahindra Funster EV Concept at the Auto Expo 2020 (Image: Mahindra and Mahindra)

The Mahindra Funster has dual electric motors and full-time AWD system offering 230 kW output with a top speed of 200 kmph, clocking 0 to 100 kmph in 5 seconds.

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Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. announced its #DrivenByPurpose theme at the 15th Auto Expo and showcased a wide range of its concept vehicles, EVs, passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as technology solutions. Mahindra turned the spotlight on its range of electric vehicles and solutions, which include the Funster (a convertible roadster electric concept), the Atom EV, e-XUV300 (an electric version of the popular compact SUV), and e-KUV100 (India’s most affordable EV).

Funster - Roadster concept with convertible mode

‘Play-for-fun’ is the core experience that personifies Funster, a ‘sports electric vehicle’. It enables seamless acceleration, available at a press of the throttle. With its dual electric motors and full-time AWD system, Funster offers an output of 230 kW with a top speed of 200 kmph, clocking 0 to 100 kmph in 5 seconds. Funster is equipped with a high end 59.1 kWh battery pack, enabling an impressive range of 520 km on a single charge. The vehicle has a techy front end, floating tail lamps, sports-shoe inspired wheel arches and sporty interiors.

Apart from the concept car and three EVs, Mahindra also showcased two variants of the Treo, the Lithium-ion battery-electric 3-wheeler. There was also a display of a first-of-its-kind future electric vehicle architecture Mesma 350 (Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture), electric batteries and charging station to drive a connected experience for the consumer.

In keeping with the upcoming BSVI emission norms implementation, Mahindra has displayed mStallion, its range of advanced BSVI ready turbo gasoline direct injection, TGDi engines. Developed at Mahindra Research Valley, the mStallion range of gasoline engines have been designed, engineered, developed and tested to deliver cross varied driving and traffic conditions.

Mahindra also showcased its new division CERO (Mahindra MSTC Recycling Pvt. Ltd.), India’s first organised vehicle recycler. CERO stands for a world of zero-waste and zero-pollution through automobile recycling and reuse.

Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said: “As Mahindra enters its 75th year, our theme of Driven by Purpose will be the pillar on which we develop sustainable mobility solutions for the future. Our focus will not only be on growing our clean business unit through our electric mobility business but to also provide cleaner engines as we approach the implementation of BSVI norms. I am also delighted that Mahindra’s showcase this year reflects our commitment to the ‘Make in India’ philosophy while developing globally relevant mobility solutions”.

Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said: “What gives us a sense of pride today, is the display of our new M Stallion BSVI range of Gasoline Engines, which are truly world-class with the highest level of technology. It is fitting that we choose to display these engines at an important industry event like the Auto Expo. I am particularly proud of our new range of BSVI trucks which have had minimal changes and offer a hassle-free ownership experience. The launch of our Cruzio range of buses is another significant step toward making us a full-range player in the CV segment”.

 

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