Bajaj Auto’s new EV factory in Pune could produce 5 lakh electric scooters per year

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Bajaj Auto has announced investment in a new electric vehicle plant in Pune. The company has decided to invest Rs 300 crore ($40 million) in the plant. The company has started work at a brand new facility at Akurdi for manufacturing of electric vehicles. The company has announced that this unit will have a production capacity of 5,00,000 EVs per annum. Akurdi (Pune) is also the site of the original Chetak scooter factory.

Speaking about the new unit, Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd. said, “In 2001 Bajaj 2.0 took off on the roaring Pulsar, in 2021 the Bajaj 3.0 came on the flashy Chetak. Moving on to the Bajaj portfolio, apart from implementing a state-of-the-art ICE platform, which is currently under development, all our R&D drive train resources are now laser-focused on creating EV solutions for the future.

He further added, “This alignment reflects our belief that lightweight electric vehicles for sustainable urban mobility is an idea whose time has finally come. Thus, this investment in Akurdi brings together hi-tech R&D efficiencies, high-efficiency engineering capabilities , completes the virtuous cycle of world-class supply chain synergies and global distribution network, which should take us to a market-leading position in EVs in India and abroad.”

The new unit will have robotic and automated manufacturing systems for logistics and material handling, fabrication and painting, assembly and quality assurance. The company claims that these systems have been designed for a flexible product mix keeping in mind optimum worker ergonomics and maximum process efficiency.

The new plant in Pune is spread over five lakh square feet and will employ around 800 workers. The investment by Bajaj Auto will be complemented by multiple vendors, who will invest a further Rs 250 crore ($33 million). The first vehicle from this unit is expected to be launched by June 2022.

This new EV manufacturing facility in Akurdi is co-located with the R&D center of Bajaj Auto. The company aims to make the Akurdi facility a hub for the design, development and manufacturing of a full range of electric vehicles.

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