With the potential opening in the electric vehicle market, companies have been rushing to get
their spot secured amongst the customers. As a competitive strategy, many companies have come
up with EV’s across different segment including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and commercial
and passenger cars. Such an introduction to the three-wheeler segment is Mahindra’s Treo which
was showcased in the 2020 Auto Expo.
Named as Treo 2.0, this next generation three-wheelers is much more on the advanced side as
compared to others in the same segment. Except for the battery, the vehicle is completely
sourced in India. However, the battery technology and working mechanism have been processed
and developed in the Mahindra innovation center only.
As compared to Treo 1.0, new features have been added on to the vehicle such as a new set of
seats and doors as comfort and convenience is something that the customer looks for as a
hygiene factor. On top of these improvements, a new charger system has also been initiated by
the company and they are currently planning to make this charger available across the nation
(800 units) soon so that customers can easily access the utility as soon as Treo start rolling out.
Installations of the units are expected to be completed by August 2020.
Range related problems are something that seems to bother most of the buyers these days and
Treo also had tried to address this by installing a range extender package that can be utilized by
the vehicle. This is nothing but an additional battery pack having the capability to boost the
range by almost 70 Km. coupled with the primary set of batteries that can provide a range of
130Km, this system would be effective as a last-mile solution for overall range extension to
What comes as a surprise in this small three-wheeler is that it has an integrated solar roof. If a
customer is driving on a hot sunny day, the sunroof can add an extra 30km to the vehicle's
overall range. This can only be achieved once the vehicle has got a sunbath for around 4 hours
but still, that is an add on as with the new technologies developing on a day to day basis, the
overall charge time and the extent to which km can be added will dynamically change. The
sunroof won’t be added in the time of the initial launch phase but will surely be available once
the mass production kicks in.