- The original Chetak scooter factory was also in Akurdi.
- Vehicle roll out will be done from this plant from June 2022
- Announcement of investment of Rs 300 crore
Bajaj Auto Limited has announced a new Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Unit at Akurdi, Pune. Vehicles will be rolled out from this plant from June 2022, as well as the company will also export from this plant. The capacity of this plant will be to manufacture 5 lakh electric vehicles annually and for this the company has announced an investment of Rs 300 crore. The factory of Bajaj’s old and original Chetak scooter was also in Akurdi.
Bajaj’s new EV manufacturing unit will have state-of-the-art robotic and automated manufacturing systems for everything including logistics and material handling, fabrication and painting, assembly and quality assurance. With optimum worker ergonomics and maximum process efficiency in mind, these systems have been designed for a flexible product mix. This manufacturing unit of Bajaj is spread over 5 lakh square feet and will employ 800 workers. The investment made by Bajaj Auto will be complemented by multiple vendors, who will invest a further Rs 250 crore.
The time has come for light electric vehicles for urban mobility
Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd. says, “Going forward for the Bajaj portfolio, a state-of-the-art ICE platform is evolving. In addition, all of our R&D Drive Train resources are now focused on creating EV solutions for the future. This alignment reflects our belief that light electric vehicles for sustainable urban mobility are an idea whose time has finally come. Hence, this investment in Akurdi complements the cycle of hi-tech R&D competencies, high-efficiency engineering capabilities, world-class supply chain synergies and a global distribution network. This should take us towards the market leading position in terms of EVs in India and abroad.
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