NEW DELHI (Sept. 7, 12:30 p.m. ET) — Mumbai, India-based automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. is using plastics to make its electric Reva vehicles lighter.
The 700-kilogram Mahindra Reva already depends heavily on plastic, but the company wants to use lightweight materials, including plastics, to get its weight down to 550 kilograms, said Chetan Maini, deputy chairman of Reva Electric Car Co.
With Indian government favoring electric vehicles, M&M is gearing up its electric vehicle strategy for the domestic market.
Mahindra Reva has a new plant at Bangalore with capacity to make 3,000 cars annually.
“The capacity would be further ramped up to 5,000 units in the next three years depending on the demand in the Indian market,” Maini said.