Mahindra-owned electric two-wheeler brand GenZe shut down

Mahindra has confirmed that it will be completely shutting down the operations of its GenZe electric two-wheeler brand around the end of 2020. GenZe was among the few companies that manufactured electric scooters in the USA and had temporarily halted operations due to the Coronavirus. M&M is looking at exiting loss-making international subsidiaries over the next 12 months to focus more on its core automotive and farm equipment businesses and the move comes amid the Coronavirus pandemic that has stalled economic growth globally.

The California-based company’s stocks and assets will be liquidated and dissolved completely within next six months while the technology and intellectual property of GenZe will be used within the Mahindra Group. GenZe has a manufacturing plant in Detroit where it produces electric bicycles and scooters, which found customers in ridesharing companies in the United States.

The GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is powered by a 1.6 kWh battery that offers a range of about 48 km per charge. It has a top speed of about 48 km/h and can be charged to full capacity in 3.5 hours. It comes with a detachable battery, fully digital instrument cluster, dedicated app and more. The vehicle has just one seat and a luggage holder at the rear, making it ready for last-mile delivery companies right out of the factory. The scooter is a perfect utility two-wheeler for city rides.

Mahindra was also seen testing the 2.0 electric scooter in India last year, and was rumoured to launch it this year. However a Mahindra official confirmed that the company was trying to launch the e-Ludix at a good price. We need to wait for further information about the company’s electric two-wheeler plans for India.

GenZe 2.0 SpecificationsFigures
Top speed30 mph (48.3 kph)
Electric Range35 miles (48.3 kilometres) per charge
Operating
Modes
Sport mode (High performance)
Economy mode (Range maximizing)
Easy mode (New rider orientation)
Custom mode (User defined)
Acceleration0 mph to 30 mph = 10 seconds (170 lb rider)
Battery TypeRemovable Li-Ion battery pack
Battery
Capacity
2.0 kWh nominal
Voltage58.8 VDC at max charge and 42 VDC at min charge – 52 V nominal
Charge TimeApproximately 3.5 hours
Charger Input
Power
110 V AC, 5 amps
Charger OutputUp to 60 VDC and 500 W
Battery Life
cycle
800 cycles to 80% if initial capacity
Motor Peak Torque (Nm)100 Nm
Motor TypeBrushless permanent magnet hub motor
Climbing
Performance
Up to 20% grade
FrameCast, welded, and powder-coated aluminum exoskeleton
SuspensionTelescopic oil damped front fork with internal coil springs, twin oil damped coil over shock rear swing arm suspension
BrakesSingle piston hydraulic disc brakes front and rear
Regenerative BrakingYes
Tire – Front100/80-R16
Tire – Rear130/80-R12
Curb Weight232 lbs. (105.5 kg)
Seat Height29.5 inches (749 mm)
Ground clearance – max load55 inches (139 mm)
Carrying
capacity
295 lbs
Wheelbase50 inches (1267 mm)
User
Interface
-7 inch LED touchscreen monitor connects to the GenZe
Cruise-Connect System™ and provides the ability to monitor
100 different data points through a cloud-based system
and govern settings from a mobile phone.
-PIN code security lock
-On-board owner’s manual
LightingAll LED lights with 85% lower energy consumption
Auxiliary
Power
Connection in rear for 12 V charging