Kalyani Powertrain and Harbinger Motors ink JV for electrified truck drivetrains

ElectroForge will leverage the technology expertise and manufacturing excellence of both firms to offer best-in-class EV drivetrains, delivering superior efficiency and cost competency

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 14 Sep 2022 Views icon6124 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Kalyani Powertrain Limited (KPTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharat Forge and a leading global supplier of critical chassis and powertrain components, has joined forces with Harbinger Motors Inc. (Harbinger), a company in the medium-duty commercial electric vehicle industry, to form a joint venture focused on developing electric drivetrain solutions for the commercial vehicle market.

The new JV, named ElectroForge, will leverage the strengths of both the partners to offer best-in-class drivetrains developed for the Class 3 through 8 markets, delivering superior efficiency and cost competency. The partnership will perfectly balance the forward-thinking innovation of Harbinger’s experienced EV team and the vast manufacturing knowledge and scalability of Bharat Forge.

“This collaboration marks the beginning of a new chapter for commercial electric powertrains,” said John Harris, CEO of Harbinger. “Both companies bring class-leading manufacturing and intellectual capital that enables us to scale an industry solution that will blend efficiency with unmatched value.”

Beginning with operations at KPTL’s Pune, India facility, ElectroForge will leverage cutting edge technology to deliver high-power, low-mass drivetrains with a revolutionary new architecture tailored specifically for the durability and performance requirements of commercial vehicles. The joint venture will serve as the volume manufacturer of electric powertrains for Harbinger, leveraging KPTL’s global manufacturing experience in India, Europe, and North America.

“For over 20 years, Bharat Forge has been one of the leading suppliers of safety critical components for chassis and engines to the global commercial vehicle markets. As this sector is electrified, we have joined hands with Harbinger in bringing world-class products to support customers globally in their electrification journey. The JV accelerates our efforts and adds to the existing product portfolio in Power Electronics & light weighting solutions for the EV space. This JV fully aligns with our organizational vision of being Planet-Positive and reducing our enterprise carbon footprint,” said Amit Kalyani, Deputy Managing Director, Bharat Forge.

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