Mahindra eSupro Electric Passenger Vans Delivered to HRTC
Mahindra to deliver 50 eSupro vans for HRTC´s ‘Ride with Pride’ initiative.
After commercially inducting the country´s first electric bus for public transportation, Himachal Pradesh has flagged off Mahindra eSupro battery-operated vans to cut vehicular emissions and protect the state’s environment and natural resources. As a part of Himachal Road Transport Corporation´s (HRTC) ‘Ride with Pride’ initiative, the zero emission vans aim at greener short-distance and last-mile connectivity as a part of creating an all-electric ecosystem in public transportation. Mahindra will deliver a total of 50 units of these electric vans to the HRTC, with five units already flagged off.
The eSupro is country´s first 8-seater passenger van that was unveiled last year. Built on Mahindra´s modular LCV platform as its diesel-powered siblings, it is powered by an electric drivetrain technology from Mahindra Electric. This involves a high-torque 3-ph AC induction electric motor producing 25 kW of power and 90 Nm of torque, coupled to a direct drive transmission. The motor sources energy from a lithium-ion battery pack (72V) of 200Ah rating. A standard 15-amp home-use socket can recharge the battery pack in around 8 hours and 30 mins on an average.
Mahindra claims that the eSupro can travel for up to 112 kms on full charge and can achieve a top speed of 60 kmph. Other features in the electric van includes regenerative braking, `Boost Mode´ for pepped-up pulling power in case of steep inclines, and `Revive´ mode for extra 7 km driving range if batteries are dried out. The van measures 3,798 mm long, 1,540 mm wide, 1,922 mm high, with a wheelbase of 1,950 mm.
It is perhaps the first of its kind initiative by any state transport agencies in India to deploy electric vehicles on multiple intra-city routes. The eSupro deployment is a welcome step towards establishing a diesel-free mobility solution for public transportation in the state.