• Dec 27th 2010 at 8:29AM
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After Mahindra notoriously backed out of a deal with a U.S. supplier, Compact pickup fans are still licking their wounds over the news that the company's trucks won't be coming to our shores anytime soon. As it turns out, Global Vehicles USA may not be the only American company to have been wronged by Mahindra. According to The Post-Standard, electric car start-up Bannon Automotive LLC has filed a law-suit against both Reva Electric Car Company of Bangalore, India and Reva's parent company, Mahindra & Mahindra. Bannon Automotive claims that the two broke a deal that gave Bannon exclusive rights to both build and sell the vehicle here in the states.

As part of the suit, Bannon Automotive is seeking to force the Reva Electric Car Company to give the American manufacturer a license to build the NXR electric car and to prevent any other company from doing the same. Bannon had previously said that the NXR would be able to travel up to 120 miles on a single charge and would cost somewhere between $17,000 and $25,000.

Bannon had signed a memorandum of understanding with Reva in October, but after Mahindra bought the company, it was made clear that the NXR wasn't ready for manufacture here in America. Meanwhile, Bannon is convinced that Mahindra is planning to make or sell its own electric car in the U.S. without its former partner. Thanks for the tip, Christian!

[Sources: Mahindra Planet, The Post-Standard]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      For commentor who are calling Indians snakes and such and think that because of Hindu beliefs it's bad to do business with Indians,let me say that
      A) you are stupid
      B) you are plain stupid

      • 4 Years Ago
      indian givers
      • 4 Years Ago
      these indian automakers dont need to waste their money and time in the US in a product they know wont sell. mahindra along with other indian manufacturers sell REALLY low price cars in india because thats the main market... if they bring it to U.S , they need to do additional saftety etc which means the price goes up and the intention of the car in the first place is lost...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mahindra is garbage. The time it took just to certify the truck, and the underhanded dealing in that is proof #1. That they say their car is not ready for US consumption is proof #2. It probably cannot pass any test, crash safety or otherwise.

      And if they tried another end-around on a contract, they should be barred from US shores.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Mahindra isn't building itself a great reputation for ethics.

      The REVA will probably be about as successful as the Pik Up would have been, anyway. While I would be excited for a small turbo diesel pick-up that gets 30 MPG to be sold in the US. However, at an expected $22k+, the built-in-India Mahindra Pik Up is simply not competitive. I don't know anything about the capabilities of the truck or about Mahindra quality and reliability, but interior materials don't look so good, and the awkward, tall, narrow design looks like it's from the 1980s. Drop the price about 5-7 grand, and it might have a good chance. At the current price, most Americans will just opt for a larger truck.

      As for this,while it could be sold for considerably less than the Leaf (10-15K). The Leaf is so much more practical. A REVA would be similar to a SMART in practicality. The SMART Electric Drive, which will sell for a similar amount is undoubtably safer, performs better, and might be the better option, overall, anyway. And to bring some clarity to the situation - let's face it, for 17-25k almost everyone except an early adapter would much rather have a Mini or a kitted-out Fiesta, anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the U.S shouldn't focus on IRAN anymore!

      They should invade India to take the stupid ugly unreliable sardine can EVs and their bigger Tuna can trucks and sell them in the US.

      jokes aside !

      Do you really ( Americans ) liked that Mahindra Pickup ?? Even if it was cheap ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        " Do you really Like " :D sorry !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like India is trying to take the crown from China when it comes to underhanded dealing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why anyone would be "licking their wounds" for not being able to buy a compact truck that resembled an early '70s Datsun pickup (with the same kind of refinement I'm sure) is beyond me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anyone actually buys a Mahindra if they ever make it to the US, that is their issue.

      After all the problems they have had with the US distributor, what makes you think that they will actually honor the warranty if something goes wrong? What about sourcing parts in a timely manner?

      No thanks, Mahindra can stay in India.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why would any business do business with this company is beyond me. Mahindra sounds like a thief and I would never buy a car from a company who would not stand behind their word! this company is nothing but bad news and any other american company that does business with Mahindra is a big fool
      • 4 Years Ago
      Indians do not believe in contracts. Take you money first, or you will not get it. Take them to court and it will be 20 years before the case will be heard by a corrupt judge. They do not believe in ethical business practice.
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