Mahindra Group, a US$ 15.9 Billion tech conglomerate has a lesser known, but iconic electric car called Reva. After a hiatus of many years, the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. has managed to out its next iteration; the Mahindra Reva e2o. However, to ensure the car has extended mobility, the company has signed up with India’s leading telecommunications service provider Vodafone.
The Mobile service provider, via its innovative Machine-to-Machine (m2m) communication services, will ensure the car is ‘Always Connected’. The Reva is perhaps the only all-electric 4-wheeler with absolute zero emission available in India. However, one of its major strengths is also one of its weakest selling-points.
As the car runs on Electricity, it requires ‘Charging Stations’ like Gasoline-run cars require Petrol Pumps. As it is very obvious India still lacks such fundamental facilities. So it is natural for the would-be electric car owner to have certain anxiety about range, refueling & such. To ease the same, Mahindra has tied up with Vodafone & together they will ensure the owner & operator are never stuck.
Vodofone’s m2m service will offer services like remote gauging of Battery charge & speculate how far the car will run. This way, drivers can plan their travel better.
How does the system work?
The Machine-to-Machine interface is able to plug right into the car electronic monitoring & diagnosing system commonly found in modern cars. Being able to constantly monitor the various parameters, the system is able to point out any anomaly & report it back. Perhaps a SIM card based interface within the system is able to relay the message via standard communication pathways.
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