AL joins hands with Sun Mo­bil­ity

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Ashok Ley­land (AL) has formed of a strate­gic al­liance with SUN Mo­bil­ity, pro­moted by Chetan Maini, founder of Reva and Uday Khemka, Vice Chair­man of SUN Group. This would be one of the key driv­ers for Ashok Ley­land to achieve its tar­get of clock­ing 10-15% of its to­tal vol­umes from elec­tric mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions by 2020, Vinod K Dasari, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ashok Ley­land, said. He added that the com­pany has got 3 or­ders, on a pi­lot ba­sis, for buses based on this tech­nol­ogy.

With this part­ner­ship Ashok Ley­land will have a tech­nol­ogy that would lead to ac­cess swap and charge, which will cater to short dis­tance, mainly met­ros, ser­viced by STUs, Dasari said.

This global part­ner­ship be­tween Ashok Ley­land and SUN Mo­bil­ity will lever­age In­dia’s in­no­va­tion and en­gi­neer­ing po­ten­tial to develop truly world- class elec­tric mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions, Maini said.

Ashok Ley­land has been a pi­o­neer in elec­tric buses, hy­brid buses, in both CNG as well as diesel, in­clud­ing those that do not re­quire a plug-in. SUN Mo­bil­ity aims to be the lead­ing provider of uni­ver­sal en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices to ac­cel­er­ate mass elec­tric ve­hi­cle us­age.

The part­ners will be in­vest­ing around Rs 100 crore to develop the prod­uct. The first pro­to­type of the prod­uct is ex­pected to be show­cased in Jan­uary 2018. Ashok Ley­land got 2 elec­tric tech­nolo­gies, which one comes with Cir­cuit buses and from Ashok Ley­land’s UK sub­sidiary Optare. Both are cater­ing to long dis­tance mo­bil­ity.

Dasari said, “This global ex­clu­sive al­liance can be ex­panded to trucks and LCVs. To start with it will be used for buses. The newly launched BS IV ve­hi­cles fit­ted with iEGR is per­form­ing ex­tremely well and we are ex­pand­ing our ca­pac­ity to meet cus­tomer de­mand,” he said.

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