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India Car Co Mahindra Plans To Build Larger Electric Vehicle

The logo of Indian car maker Mahindra Mahindra. The first to bring the EV to India, Mahindra is planning to expand its platform next year.

Indian car maker Mahindra Mahindra Mahindra Mahindra (BOM:500520) plans to extend their electric vehicle product line beyond the small Reva E2O, an executive told the Press Trust of India.

“After we launched the e2o in March, now we have just started developing a new electric vehicle platform. This will be for higher powered vehicles,” MM President for Automotive Sales, Pawan Goenka, was quoted saying on Sunday.

The electric vehicle market remains a far-off segment of the world’s auto industry. Over the weekend, high end U.S. electric sports car maker Fisker Karma said it was laying off 75% of its workforce now that the government has cut subsidies to the California company. Tesla Motors Tesla Motors. another high-end California EV maker, is also trying to build out its market for electric powered vehicles that start at a high $57,000.

The U.S. remains the biggest market for EVs. General Motors General Motors (GM) reportedly sold 23,461 Chevy Volts in 2012 compared with just 7,671 in 2011. The roughly $45,000 Volt is one of Chevy’s lowest-selling cars due to price, but does better than the Corvette, which sold around 14,000 units in 2012. The cheaper Nissan Leaf, a small and less stylish EV that goes for around $28,900, sold just 9,800 units last year.

The new price cut, however, will allow it to compete with the best selling hybrid, the Toyota Prius.

Then there’s China trying to move into a pole position in this market, with the government promising recently to extend subsidies to struggling electric car makers like BYD BYD .

In India, Mahindra is partnering with Korean car maker SsangYong to build out its EV platform.

Last week, Goenka said Mahindra will launch the electric version of its entry-level sedan Verito at some point in 2014.

The Reva E2Owas India’s first zero emission EV and was originally designed and produced by the REVA Electric Car Company. It was acquired by Mahindra in 2010. Three years later, Fast Company named Mahindra Mahindra one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. It was tied at No.

22 with Tesla Motors.

The Reva E2O goes up to 100 kilometers per charge and equipped with the usual geeked-out smart phone connectivity that allows drivers to lock their cars and turn on the air conditioning from their phone.

So far, the market has been lukewarm for Mahindra’s first EV, mostly due to cost.

Like most car companies, Mahindra sees EVs as being the future of driving. And while that future may be another 10 years away, Mahindra hopes its first mover status will give it an edge over competitors looking to develop the same technology.

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Mahindra shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange are down 9.91% year to date, but are outperforming rival Tata Motors Tata Motors (TTM), which is down 17.76% year to date.

Stock Performance Of World’s EV Auto Makers

A random look at some of the year’s best, and worst, stock picks of the EV producing auto makers year-to-date ending April 5, 2013.

Tesla Motors: +22.14%

Nissan: +19.35%

Toyota: +11.67%

General Motors: -7.71%

BYD Company: -7.08%

Mahindra Mahindra: -9.91%

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