Bangalore (Karnataka) , Sept. 8 : Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., part of the US$ 17.8 billion Mahindra Group, have signed an MOU to enter into a strategic alliance with the country’s largest shared transportation platform, Ola to empower 40,000 driver partners across India by 2018.  Through this strategic alliance, they aim overall vehicle sales and financing of over US$ 400 million (Rs. 2,600 crores).

Ola’s driver partners can now avail of an integrated and attractive ‘Mahindra-Ola’ package which will include Mahindra cars at special prices, attractive financing with zero down payment, and the best NBFC interest rates, subsidized insurance premiums, comprehensive maintenance packages, as well as exclusive benefits on the Ola platform.  (ALSO READ: Mahindra to relook into bus business strategy in future )

This unique alliance, which brings together two of India’s most prominent brands, seeks to encourage micro-entrepreneurship amongst drivers, to address India’s growing mobility needs. Mahindra and Ola will also explore other areas of joint collaboration to build the next generation of mobility solutions including those for unique transportation use cases.

 According to Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, “This is an initiative whose time has come, one that meets the current and future needs of Indian consumers, particularly younger ones who prefer shared mobility solutions. It also has a positive social impact on the lives and prospects of at least 40,000 driver owners, and their families. To me, this is an important strategic alliance for the Mahindra Group, one that I believe will change the contours of our industry, while giving us the first mover advantage in the fast growing Sharing Economy of India.”