2 min read.Updated: 09 Oct 2017, 02:29 AM ISTAmrit Raj
Mahindra, on its part, will share its affordable electric vehicle technologies with Ford, which the latter plans to use in cars such as Figo and Aspire
New Delhi: Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd is in early talks with its partner Ford Motor Co. to procure a vehicle platform on which the Mumbai-based company aims to build an all new electric sedan, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
In lieu of this platform, Mahindra will share its affordable electric vehicle technologies with Ford, which the American company plans to use in its entry-level cars such as Figo and Aspire, these people said on condition of anonymity. Ford in India has developed a platform Ka, on which it has built cars such as hatchback Figo and sub-4 metre sedan. Ka+ is a larger derivative of Ka.
“Pawan Goenka, along with his colleagues at Mahindra Electric, has inspected the platform while signing off on a partnership with Ford in September," one of the people cited above said, requesting anonymity. Pawan Goenka is the managing director of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.
“Ford will get electric technology of Mahindra. So far, that’s the only point of discussion in that direction," the person added.
A Mahindra spokesperson declined to comment on the story while a Ford spokesperson said that it is “too early to discuss" at this point.