Indian ride-hailing firm Ola has announced that it has partnered with Siemens to access the integrated digital twin design for building its electric vehicle (EV), AI-driven manufacturing unit.
Back in 2020, Ola signed an MoU with the government of Tamil Nadu to build the largest electric two-wheelers (E2Ws) manufacturing unit by investing 2,400 Crores.
According to the firm, the factory will generate almost 10,000 jobs with an initial capacity of 2 million E2Ws units a year. Also, it will be the largest scooter manufacturing facility in the world. It will serve as Ola’s global manufacturing hub catering to its customers in India as well as key markets across Europe, UK, Latin America, and ANZ.
Additionally, the factory will be built on Industry 4.0 principles and will be the most advanced manufacturing facility with having almost 5,000 robots deployed across various functions.
Subsequent to this partnership, Ola will now have access to Siemens’ integrated Digital Twin design and manufacturing solutions to digitalize and validate product and production ahead of actual operations. It will be AI-Powered with Ola’s proprietary AI Engine and tech stack deeply integrated into every aspect of the manufacturing process. This will provide unique control, automation, and quality to entire operations, especially with Ola’s implementation of cyber-physical and advanced IoE systems.
These advanced technology systems will seamlessly blend with Ola’s workforce to provide the perfect synergy of humans and machines to build the production system efficiently and deliver the highest quality products for Ola’s customers.
Speaking on the partnership, Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman & Group CEO, Ola, stated, ‘‘Ola is delighted to partner with Siemens to build the most advanced manufacturing facility in the country. 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,” Bhavish further said.
“Siemens is a global leader in Industry 4.0 and we are proud to contribute to Ola’s vision of creating a factory of the future using our automation and digitalization expertise to ensuring the highest levels of productivity and quality while enabling an agile and flexible production process,” said Sunil Mathur, MD & CEO, Siemens India.
Additionally, Siemens has recently released its new public fast charger Sicharge D. It is suited for highway and urban fast-charging stations, city parking as well as shopping malls. The Surcharge D has a scalable charging power of up to 300 kW, either from the start or through plug-and-play upgrades.
Furthermore, the charger supports voltages between 150 and 1,000 volts (V) and currents of up to 1,000 amperes (A) across all DC outlets. This enables full power loads for future 800 V vehicles as well as the lower voltage charging rates required by today’s mainstream vehicles.