Monday, December 4, 2017
Mahindra Electric Hands Over eVeritos to NGO Wheels of Change
Mahindra Electric, part of the diversified US$19 billion Mahindra Group and a pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles in India, today handed over three eVeritos to Wheels of Change, a non-profit organization that works towards making the world accessible for the differently abled individuals. Hemantha Kumara, Additional Commissioner for Transport along with Mahesh Babu, CEO Mahindra Electric, handed over the vehicles to Ritheesh Shetty, Trustee, Wheels of Change, at the Mahindra Electric corporate office today.
These eVeritos will be used under the NGO’s initiative KickStart cabs and will be specially customized to suit the needs of the differently abled. One of the major modifications will include a swivel out mechanism on the front co-passenger seat of the eVerito. This is aligned with Mahindra Electric’s endeavour to provide mobility solutions for all and comes under the company’s CSR initiative. As a part of this handover, the company will also hand over one fast charging unit to facilitate the movement of these three eVeritos.
Set up in 2013 as a non-profit that works towards making the world accessible for persons with disabilities. The organisation also works to promote inclusion of other marginalised communities like sexual minorities.
WoC has so far worked as the research and design partner for Kickstart Services Private Limited, in promoting transportation for persons with disabilities and seniors. Through this, designs for vehicle modification have been made that are appropriate for different types of disabilities (wheelchair users, crutch walkers etc.). WoC also has expertise in making public spaces like parks, toilets and public spaces accessible. The approach is to understand a place holistically and make it accessible rather than in isolation.