Ola and Siemens have come together in an alliance in their bid to establish a highly advanced EV production facility, assuredly the most developed of its kind. Following the signing of a 2,400 crore deal with the TN government, Ola declared that the starting of operations will bring thousands of jobs to the region. With an initial capacity of 2 million units annually, the Ola-Siemens facility would in fact be the global leader in scooter manufacturing.
The TN site will produce not only for India, but also for overseas markets such as ANZ, UK, South America, and EU. Given Siemens’ hand in the enterprise, unsurprisingly the factory will be cutting-edge. There will be approximately 5000 robots involved and it will be based on Industry 4.0 principles. Product-validation and design ahead of the actual manufacturing process will be handled by Siemens’ integrated Digital Twin solutions. Ola’s electric scooter will be first on offer.
Commenting on the partnership, Bhavish Aggarwal, chairman and group CEO, Ola told HT Mint, “This will be our global hub and will set a benchmark in quality, scale and efficiency, demonstrating India’s capability to build world-class cutting edge products. We look forward to bringing this factory online in the coming months and putting our products in the hands of customers.”
Unique features shall include intelligent software as well as a portable battery. The German Design Award and the Marketing Innovation Award (CES) are already in the scooter’s kitty. Needless to add, the new scooter will nearly do away with the need to import EV two-wheelers.
The chairman and group CEO, Ola, has gone on record saying that the facility will set up a benchmark in terms of scale, efficiency, and quality standards. With tech stack and Ai engine in the production process, the factory will be to-the-minute ready to meet expectations. Advanced IoE systems will ensure automation and superior control. Automation will guide the process, from material storage to finished product off the production line.
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