Bajaj Auto new EV production unit in India set to begin by June 2022

The new manufacturing unit in Akurdi, Pune is spread over half a million sq. feet and will employ nearly 800 people.

Highlights
  • Bajaj Auto has commenced work at a brand-new unit at Akurdi (Pune) for manufacturing electric vehicles (EV).
  • The new unit in Pune will have a production capacity of producing 500,000 EVs per year.
  • Bajaj has also announced that the new manufacturing plant will begin to deliver new EVs, by June 2022.

Bajaj Auto announced a Rs 300 crore investment on Wednesday as it began production at its brand-new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Akurdi, Pune. The plant, which covers half a million square feet and employs over 800 people, will be able to produce 500,000 electric vehicles every year, according to the auto giant. Bajaj will debut a Chetak-based Husqvarna electric scooter next year, which was reportedly sighted in Pune recently. Following that, the Husqvarna electric motorbike is also expected to be released. The original Chetak scooter plant, which made Bajaj Auto a household brand in India, also commenced production in Akurdi.

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The new facility, according to Bajaj, will have cutting-edge robotic and automated manufacturing technology for everything from logistics to material handling. Fabrication and painting will be done there, as well as assembly and quality assurance. These systems were created with a customizable product mix in mind, as well as the highest worker ergonomics and process efficiency. Bajaj Auto also said that the company’s investments would be augmented by a number of suppliers who will further invest a total of Rs 250 crore as well.

 

“In 2001, Bajaj 2.0 took off on the roaring Pulsar. In 2021, Bajaj 3.0 has arrived on the charming Chetak. Going forward, for the Bajaj portfolio, except for implementing one state-of-the-art ICE platform that is currently under development, all our R&D resources are now laser-focused on creating EV solutions for the future. This alignment reflects our belief that light EVs for sustainable urban mobility is an idea whose time may finally have come,” Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto, said to the press.

This new EV production facility in Akurdi is positioned next to Bajaj Auto’s state-of-the-art R&D centre, allowing for increased collaboration and speedier delivery of Bajaj’s next set of electric vehicles. Further, all procedures in the Akurdi EV unit are boosted by robotic and automated production technology for enhanced and faster production speeds.