India’s Mahindra Is Checking Out Tesla’s Patents
It’s been two weeks since Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk opened up the electric automaker’s patents to the competition. The company is already said to be in talks with Nissan and BMW about sharing its Supercharger technology, though they’re not alone.
The Economic Times reports that Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra is reviewing Tesla’s patents, and may seek to incorporate some of that technology into its Reva electric cars.
Electric cars are an especially tough sell in India, where the primary mode of transportation still tends to be by scooter or Tuk-tuk. Those lucky enough to afford the Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car, are few and far between, and those who can afford a comparatively-expensive electric car are even fewer. Mahindra recently slashed the lease cost of its Reva EVs, but so far has sold less than 500 units since they went on sale last year.
Access to Tesla technology could improve Mahindra’s odds though. As it stands, the performance and range of the Reva e2o is limited to a maximum of about 25 horsepower and a range of just 62 miles. With better batteries and better motors though, courtesy of Tesla’s patents, the Reva could bring electric driving to the India en masse.