A massive £300 million investment plan in the UK and India. This has been announced by Switch Mobility, as part of its strategic objective to become a market leader in carbon neutral public and commercial transport.
The new technical center will be opened in Warwick, UK, and will be the focal point for the global research and development team; led by Chief Technology Officer, Roger Blakey, the center will focus on the development of Switch’s next-generation vehicles. The facility is scheduled to open in June 2022 and will work closely with Switch’s existing R&D offices in Chennai, Leeds and Valladolid. The investment is expected to create over 4,000 skilled jobs in the UK and India.
Moreover, Switch Mobility’s announcement came during British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India, where the launch of Switch Mobility’s first 12-meter electric bus was arranged, which is set to supply the Asian country with approximately 600 ebuses. During his visit to Delhi and Gujarat, the PM took the opportunity to recognize Switch as an example of a company that is strengthening bilateral trade between the two countries. These are his words: «We are committed to rolling out next generation clean green buses in the UK, and Switch Mobility is at the forefront of that revolution. This announcement will bring high quality jobs and skills to both the UK and India, and is testament to our partnership in the industries of the future».
Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility commented: «We are delighted that the Prime Minister has commended the investment Switch is making to become a leader in electric transportation as an example of the benefits of UK-India collaboration. Since forming Switch Mobility over a year ago, we have seen the pace of change to electric vehicles for public and commercial transportation increase significantly. With a strong order bank of nearly 600 buses and ambitious investment plans already in place, we believe we are well placed to capitalise on this growth. The new 12m bus has been designed specifically taking into account the requirements of the Indian market and delivering a range of up to 300kms».