India’s Mahindra has showed up at its home show with the new architecture for electric cars called MESMA. It accommodates various motor set ups and battery sizes. A first model on the modular platform is due within the next three years.
At the Auto Expo in India, Mahindra has opened an entire showcase of what the company calls the Future of Mobility. The offering ranges from electric two- and three-wheelers over to the electric cars like the e2o and an electric bus.
However, it is the four-wheeled EV business Mahindra aims to enhance with its Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture (MESMA) that is to underpin a range of models in the next few years. The first such EV is planned before the decade’s end.
It can accommodate a 380 Volt Powertrain, which marks a shift from the current 48/72 V system of EVs in India. Mahindra’s 380 Volt modular powertrain utilises electric motors by TM4 and cells from LG chemicals. The system can be adjusted in terms of length and width to accommodate different kinds of vehicles.
The same goes for the modular design of the battery that enables Mahindra to go from a 21kWh to 34kWh battery pack, which translates to an effective range between 240km to over 390km.
When extending the wheelbase to allow for more space, battery capacity could be increased to 54kWh for a range of up to 590km as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) tests, Autocar India quotes Steven Woolley, CTO, Mahindra Electric.
The platform will allow Mahindra Electric to forge synergies with other companies in the group such as SsangYong and Pininfarina amongst others.