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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.