New Delhi: EV maker Hero Electric on Thursday said it has performed the ground-breaking ceremony and begun work on its second manufacturing plant in Ludhiana, Punjab, expected to be functional by February next year.
According to the e-scooter maker, the upcoming facility is adjacent to its existing facility and is targeted at ramping up the production capacity. The greenfield plant is spread across an area of 10 acres and will have an annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles.
The plant will be a hub for building new battery design and development and futuristic products. The plant will be a focal point for IOTA, connected vehicles, R&D, and the launch of new features, etc. The 2nd plant at Ludhiana will also bolster R&D and HR mechanisms for skill building and talent acquisition through integrated and unique recruitment plans, it said.
The announcement of a new facility comes months after the company announced raising its annual production capacity to 1 million units in the next three years.
Naveen Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Electric said, “The upcoming greenfield plant will aid in delivering the best mobility solution and catering to the spurred demand for e2Ws. The facility will boost our vision of moving the world to sustainable mobility solutions. This is our second facility, and as we march ahead, we will invest in expanding capacities to achieve the target of 1 million capacities by 2025.”
Sohinder Gill, CEO of Hero Electric said, “Looking at the opportunity and the long waiting list of customers we have decided to accelerate the construction of a 200,000-capacity plant at Ludhiana. This plant would be functional in a record time of 7 months using prefab hybrid modular techniques with a focus on green building and sustainability using natural lighting, allowing cross ventilation whilst blocking the heat.”
“The new plant will not only build capacities for increased production but will emphasize state-of-the-art technology manufacturing. The plant layout and the material flow have been designed in collaboration with a Japanese firm to implement some of the modern manufacturing and quality processes and ensuring meanwhile minimum effluents and waste,” he said.
The company has recently inaugurated dealerships in UP and Kerala and has rolled out the first batch of electric scooters from Mahindra’s Pithampur plant in Madhya Pradesh.