On the occasion of the first-ever World EV Day on 9 September 2020, Mahindra Electric announced the global launch of the MESMA 48 platform. The company is developing products on the basis of the MESMA 48 platform and is open to licensing it to global automakers. It is pitching itself as a turnkey solutions provider for cost-effective electrification with the announcement.
MESMA 48 for the Mahindra eKUV100, Atom, Treo & Treo Zor
MESMA 48 is a scalable EV platform that supports voltage systems ranging from 44 V to 96 V. This makes it suitable for light electric vehicles like three-wheelers, quadricycles and city cars. Mahindra Electric has confirmed along with the latest announcement that the Mahindra Treo, Mahindra Atom and Mahindra eKUV100 are MESMA 48 platform EVs. The Mahindra Treo electric rickshaw is already on sale and is set to receive several improvements including a range extender, as displayed at the Auto Expo. The Mahindra eKUV100 electric car is to go on sale later this month, while the Mahindra Atom electric quadricycle will reach showrooms in early 2021. Another Mahindra electric vehicle to be powered by MESMA 48 is the Mahindra Treo Zor load carrier.
MESMA 48 platform EVs can have motors with power ranging from 6 kW to 40 kW and torque ranging from 40 Nm to 120 Nm, with three varying transmission ratios as per the performance requirements. A MESMA 48 platform EV can attain a top speed of 80 km/h and is suited for EVs meant mainly for city use. The On-Board Charger (OBC) of these EVs can support CHAdeMO, CCS, GB/T and BCP chargers.
MESMA (Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture) family includes longer range and higher performance versions as well, called MESMA 350 and MESMA 650. The MESMA 350 platform is suitable for electric cars, while the MESMA 650 platform is meant for heavy commercial vehicles, like buses, for instance. The Mahindra eXUV300 is the first confirmed model to utilise MESMA 350. It will go on sale in India in the second half of 2021 and compete with the Tata Nexon EV, whereas the South Korean Ssangyong E100 powered by MESMA is set to arrive before it.