Mahindra GenZe 2.0 will take you places, keep your environment clean and tweet for you too
It seems increasingly that we will not be able to escape the advent of electric vehicles as a mainstream mode of transportation. But the vehicles of the future will need to fulfill tasks more than just commuting from point A to B. This is where scooters like the Mahindra GenZe 2.0 begin to shine.
The GenZe 2.0 has a lot of versatility. The mix of futuristic lines and 1970s details make for a very attractive runabout, but the beauty is in the technology integrated into it. Powering it is a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that weighs in at just 13 kg. The batteries are capable of charging fully in about 3.5 hours and with that much juice the GenZe 2.0 will give you a minimum range of just under 50 kilometres.
Here’s where things start to get even more interesting. The GenZe 2.0 uses a lightweight cast-aluminium exoskeleton chassis that also houses the SmartPack battery unit. There are dedicated charging points for your gadgets — including a laptop, under the lockable seat. Then there’s the Back Bay luggage tray for carrying your shopping. Up front, the instrumentation is a seven-inch touchscreen that can multitask as a speedometre, and also connect to your smartphone to mirror apps such as navigation, music players and even social media. The saddle gets two positions — a semi-standing position to look over traffic and the other to crouch low when cruising.
While the Mahindra GenZe 2.0 was part of Mahindra 2 Wheelers’ display at the Auto Expo this year, there are no fixed indications of whether this will make it to India soon. Currently on sale in the US, it costs the equivalent of `2 lakh there and that could be a big hurdle. All we know is that without some help from the government, cool technology like the this is still a while away from Indian roads.