This faith in the e2o's future is partly because of the success of the initial launch in India, but also because the company sees great potential for expansion overseas.
"We've already had great success over the past decade, particularly in places like Europe where there is a very strong demand for solutions that address carbon emissions and the need for greener cities," says Gopal. "With this product we now have the potential to penetrate even further, offering customers the zero-emission solutions they crave, but with a lot of added features that completely revolutionize the driver experience."
According to Gopal, this plan for international expansion is just one more reason why Mahindra REVA's partnership with Vodafone is proving to be such a continuing strategic success.
"We knew from the outset that this was going to be a global product, so we needed a global partner that would help us to get this right," Gopal says. "With Vodafone we can roll out this service to other territories using one network, one management platform and one provider. It gives us every confidence for the future, and helps us to keep one step ahead of our competitors."
Reliable M2M connectivity enables drivers to access various features of their vehicle remotely using a smartphone app or a dedicated webpage.
Owners can check the state of charge in the battery of their car, control its air-conditioning, lock or unlock doors, find the nearest charging station and use many other innovative features.
Mahindra REVA's connected car--the e2o- also automatically provides SMS alerts when a door is left unlocked, a parking brake is not applied or a charging point fault.
In addition Mahindra REVA service teams use the M2M platform to monitor a vehicle's condition and proactively warn drivers when issues are likely to arise.
Overall the partnership has helped Mahindra REVA to move one step ahead of its competition, while Vodafone's global footprint will provide support for international expansion plans.
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