Mahindra has showcased the e-ALFA Mini Load electric cargo trike at the Auto Expo 2020. Though no specs were revealed by Mahindra, we expect it to launch this year with a beefed-up powertrain of the e-ALFA Mini passenger carrier (electric rickshaw) that has been in service since September 2017 with over 18,000 units sold. The e-Alfa Mini Load is for last-mile connectivity as well as intra-city goods movement. Mahindra would be pitching it as the ideal option for fleet operators and existing 3-wheeler owners who wish to reduce running cost. The e-Alfa Mini Load has a decently executed design, robust-looking metal body and an ample loading bay.
The e-Alfa Mini goods carrier sports a contemporary exterior with a double-headlamp setup for good visibility. Some of the notable features include a short canopy, black dashboard and mudguard, and black and red dual-tone interior. It also features a digital instrument cluster that has a speedometer, trip meter, displays charge status, battery level, etc. The e-Alfa electric rickshaw was tested over 1 lakh km in real road conditions and comes with proven chassis and suspension.
Mahindra has confirmed that the electric load carrier will be getting high torque motor, lead acid tubular battery and swappable battery as an option. For comparison, the e-ALFA Mini passenger vehicle is powered by a 120 Ah battery pack and a 1 kW motor that has a top speed of 25 km/h and offers a range of 85 km/charge. The e-ALFA Mini load carrier will get a strengthened version of the same electric motor with additional power & torque to suit the load-carrying capabilities and gradeability. We can expect a payload capacity of around 500 kg, slotting the vehicle below the Mahindra Treo Zor.