Even as the cash-strapped SsangYong Motors is struggling to stay afloat, its parent company Mahindra & Mahindra is looking to support the electric vehicle (EV) business at the Korean car maker.
Mahindra plans to develop and supply the electric SUV drivetrain on its ‘MESMA 350’ platform. This powertrain is suitable for converting existing ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles to electric and for making ground-up EVs.
The UV major has been in discussions with several companies globally for this platform as Mahindra Electric looks to de-risk its India business by supplying EV technology, especially for last-mile connectivity. It showcased Mesma 350, scalable and modular architecture with a 350 Volt powertrain, at the Auto Expo last year.
“Mahindra will continue to support SsangYong to develop and supply the electric SUV drivetrain on MESMA 350 platform based on their requirements,” said Rajesh Jejurikar, ED, Mahindra & Mahindra.
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“Mahindra would have benefited from the global footprint of SsangYong and launched EV platforms globally had they continued their relationship. Now, the MESMA platform will focus a lot more on ground-up EV model development for India and sharing the Mesma platform with SsangYong will help both companies,” said Kaushik Madhavan, VP, mobility, Frost & Sullivan.