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Ashok Ley­land, flag­ship of the Hin­duja Group, in its 70th an­niver­sary year, has in­au­gu­rated its elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) fa­cil­ity at its En­nore plant. It is In­dia’s first in­te­grated fa­cil­ity for de­sign, pro­to­typ­ing, test­ing, process pro­to­typ­ing and so­lu­tions de­sign. The in-house fa­cil­i­ties in­clude en­gi­neer­ing, pro­to­typ­ing and test­ing for mo­tors, bat­tery mod­ules and packs and a power elec­tron­ics lab. Keep­ing in mind the rapidly evolv­ing and chang­ing mar­ket and tech­nol­ogy, it has been con­ceived as an in-house start-up fa­cil­ity to stay flex­i­ble and fast.

Vinod K Dasari, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ashok Ley­land said, “In our 70th year, we are lay­ing the foun­da­tion for our fu­ture. The EV Cen­tre in En­nore will give us the edge through­out the evo­lu­tion of e-mo­bil­ity. We are the only OEM glob­ally to of­fer dif­fer­ent en­ergy man­age­ment strate­gies and an ar­chi­tec­ture which is mod­u­lar. Our plan is to start work­ing on new prod­uct plat­forms in EVs such as eLCV, low-floor city buses, last mile con­nec­tiv­ity and power so­lu­tion prod­ucts. We have also launched a host of new busi­ness mod­els, in­clud­ing eMaaS (eMo­bil­ity as a Ser­vice) and eMSol (eMo­bil­ity as a So­lu­tion), which en­sure that we are closer to our end-cus­tomers and cap­ture more value.”

Karthick Ath­manathan, BU Head, EV and E-Mo­bil­ity, Ashok Ley­land said, “Be­sides work­ing on mul­ti­ple tech­nolo­gies and plat­forms for our prod­ucts, we are cre­at­ing dis­rup­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices that will change the very paradigm of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mo­bil­ity. The fo­cus is on a mas­sive num­ber of in­ter­nal ini­tia­tives for safety, re­li­a­bil­ity and optimising to­tal cost of own­er­ship. We are com­mit­ted to ex­ploit new op­por­tu­ni­ties in terms of ef­fi­ciency, en­ergy, ge­om­e­try and busi­ness mod­els which Elec­tric Drive Trains of­fers. At present, we have the ca­pac­ity to take care of about 5000-10000 ve­hi­cles a year, with dif­fer­ent bat­tery and charg­ing op­tions. We have lever­aged start-ups in In­dia and abroad, to bring in in­no­va­tive yet cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions that of­fer us on a turnkey ba­sis. The idea is to have a ma­ture and dy­namic port­fo­lio of prod­ucts, ser­vices and so­lu­tions when the vol­ume mar­ket takes off in a few years.”

The fa­cil­ity is equipped with dig­i­tal tools for man­u­fac­tur­ing and field track­ing. This cen­tre, along with the MobTech cen­tre, lo­cated in the IITM Re­search Park, will gen­er­ate and im­ple­ment all the ser­vice and so­lu­tion con­tracts re­lated to e-mo­bil­ity, for Ashok Ley­land.

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