After the Treo, Mahindra Electric has introduced another last mile cargo solution. Deepti Thore looks at this diversification with the Zor Grand.

Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited (MEML) has diversified its last mile cargo delivery portfolio with the addition of the Mahindra Zor Grand. According to Suman Mishra, Chief Executive Officer at MEML, the last mile delivery and logistics segment has seen a need for premium and high-quality electric vehicles to enable reliable and cost-effective cargo transportation. To meet this demand effectively, the company has launched the all-new Zor Grand. “It offers a power packed performance and enables us and our stakeholders to meet their sustainability goals,” commented Mishra at the launch. The Zor Grand is priced at Rs.3.60 Lakh (ex-showroom Bengaluru), and known to have populated the orderbook by more than 15,000 bookings and institutional customers. This is courtesy a strategic Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with sister company  Mahindra Logistics Ltd. and external stakeholders like Magenta EV Solutions, MoEVing, EVnow, Yelo EV, and Zyngo. Mishra credited the strong in-house competencies in the areas of battery, motor and telematics backed by rigorous validation and experience of putting more than 50,000 plus electric three-wheelers on the road. MEML is also striving to offer better after-sales service across India through over  800 touchpoints. The vehicle is offered with a warranty of three years or 80,000 kms. 

At first glance
Laced with a strong metal body, a weatherproof design with cabin doors, the Zor Grand comes in an attractive package. It boasts of a modern design, and can be had in attractive color options that lend it a trendy look. The three-wheeler features a three-side opening cargo tray for ease of loading and unloading operations. The six feet long loading tray and OE-fitted 140/170 cu. ft. delivery box enables a 506 kg payload carrying capacity for the pickup variant and 418 kg and 400 kg capacity of the DV and DV+ variant respectively to make operations profitable. 

Technologically advanced
Compared to the Treo Zor, the Zor Grand offers a higher range, higher battery warranty, is bigger, has a large OE-fitted delivery box. Equipped with the cloud-based NEMO, a connected vehicle platform, the Zor Grand is claimed to offer a better end-to-end fleet management and operational efficiency. It also offers geolocation and geofencing with a complete lowdown on the driver performance management. The vehicle is equipped with a digital instrument cluster that shows the State of Charge (SoC), range, speedometer, battery health indicator and has tell-tale lights. Fitted with an advanced 12 kW Lithium-ion battery that can be fully-charged in under four hours, it offers an instant 50 Nm torque and a 100 km range. The battery comes with a five years or 1.50 lakh kms warranty. MEML has attempted to make the charging experience akin to that of a mobile. The battery pack powers the dust and waterproof, IP-67 rated motor and governed by Over The Air (OTA) updates.  It offers a best-in-class gradeability of 11.5 degree. As compared to the diesel vehicles Zor Grand is claimed to help operators save upto rupees six lakh over a five years period. This figure stands at rupees three lakh when compared to the CNG cargo options. With the addition of the Zor Grand, MEML has strengthened its portfolio that has the Treo Zor, Zor DV and Zor FB launched in 2020 which has registered highest-ever quarterly sales (Q2FY23) of e-3Ws at 10,000 plus units.  

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