Switch Mobility gears up for India launches

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 10 May 2022


Switch Mobility which completes a year of operations, sold 300 buses and has an order book of 650 buses as well as 1200 in the pipeline for India, the company said in a press release.

The EV arm of Ashok Leyland is set to launch a 12-metre bus this June and a new eLCV in India in early 2023. The company is also launching a 12-metre bus for the European market which will be displayed at the European Mobility Expo in Paris in June. The product is a part of Project ODIN and the vehicle is equipped with the latest NMC battery technology and digital features.

Mahesh Babu, Director & CEO, Switch Mobility India, and COO, Switch Mobility said, “ Switch EV buses in India have clocked over 7 million kms across the country, saving 4500 tonnes of CO2, with a significant uptime of over 97 percent.”

A year since its inception, the company said it has expanded to nine sites across three countries – the UK, Spain and India, in line with the company’s global growth strategy. In March, it set up a manufacturing facility in Valladolid, Spain supported by a planned €100 million investment over the next decade. This is expected to create 7,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region.

Switch also announced £300 million investment in April 2022 to set up a technical centre in Warwick and a new office in Chennai, that will increase its employee strength by up to 4000 across the UK and India in the medium term.

Andy Palmer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility, said, “In a highly competitive sector, Switch has continued to grow, both in profile and in market share. Our team of talented engineers have developed some of the most innovative vehicles and technologies currently available on the market, which continue to develop at pace. We have started 2022 well, building on last year’s momentum, and have an exciting 12 months ahead with the development of our site in Spain and further product launches, including our latest project at the European Mobility Expo in June, and electric LCVs in India.”