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Indian automaker Mahindra is working on developing an all-new electric scooter for the Indian market which is based on the Gusto's platform.
Autocar Professional reports that Mahindra is working on electrification of its existing scooter rather than developing an all-new platform.
Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra's tweet during his visit to the research and development facility in Pune said, "A peek at the electric variant under development." The same R&D centre is working on the Jawa brand.
Mahindra also announced a major restructuring in October 2016 and announced Peugeot Motorcycles (PMTC), Classic Legends and Mahindra Two Wheelers (MTWL) as their three brands to drive the business forward.
The electric scooter project based on the Gusto is reportedly positioned under the MTWL within the overall two-wheeler business. With the government focusing on electric vehicles several other companies are also working on electric two-wheelers.
Bangalore-based Ather Energy is developing India's first smart electric scooter, the S340 with production commencing from December 207 or January 2018. Hero MotoCorp has also shown its interest to enter electric two-wheeler segment.
Bajaj Auto has recently announced its plans in the EV two-wheeler segment. In fact, the company has created a separate brand called as Urbanite which will develop battery-powered vehicles. Pune -based Tork Motorcycles is also readying its electric T6X motorcycle. TVS is also reportedly testing an electric scooter.
The Government of India aims to have all-electric vehicles by 2030 and is heavily promoting the use of eco-friendly vehicles. Now, Mahindra has also entered the segment and will develop battery-powered scooters in India. The competition in the electric two-wheeler segment looks fierce with all the major companies developing new products.