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As India's rickshaws go electric, more companies plug in

Mahindra offers new light model, while Honda launches battery swap business

Mahindra & Mahindra's electric auto rickshaw is seen as a promising vehicle for last mile delivery. (Photo courtesy of Mahindra & Mahindra)

MUMBAI -- Convenient and ubiquitous, India's auto rickshaws are increasingly going electric as part of the government's fight against pollution, creating new opportunities for both local and foreign manufacturers and service providers.

For light loads off the busy thoroughfares, local automaker Mahindra & Mahindra has rolled out a light-cargo model. Mahindra Electric Mobility unveiled a vehicle last month that carries a load up to 310 kg and is priced at 144,000 rupees ($1,920), on par with offerings from peers. The new auto rickshaw marks the group's entry into the electric three-wheeler category called L3, which has a speed limit of 25 kph.

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