Focus (Ford)

Sep 09, 2021

On September 9, Ford in India announced that it will wind down vehicle assembly in Sanand by the fourth quarter of 2021 and vehicle and engine manufacturing in Chennai by the second quarter of 2022.  
Approximately 4,000 employees are expected to be affected by the restructuring.
Ford will work closely with employees, unions, suppliers, dealers, government, and other stakeholders in Chennai and Sanand to develop a fair and balanced plan to mitigate the effects of the decision.  
More than 500 employees at the Sanand Engine plant, which produces engines for export for the best-selling Ranger pickup truck, and about 100 employees supporting parts distribution and customer service, also will continue to support Ford’s business in India. 
It will restructure its operations with plans to significantly expand its Chennai-based Ford Business Solutions team and bring to market some of Ford’s iconic global vehicles and electrified SUVs.
Following accumulated operating losses of more than USD 2 billion over the past 10 years and a USD 0.8 billion non-operating write-down of assets in 2019, the restructuring is expected to create a sustainably profitable business in India.
Ford will begin importing and selling must-have, iconic vehicles, including Mustang coupe.  
Sales of current products such as Figo, Aspire, Freestyle, EcoSport and Endeavour will cease once existing dealer inventories are sold.
Ford will focus on growing its Ford Business Solutions capabilities and team in the country, as well as engineering and engine manufacturing for export.
With more than 11,000 team members currently in India, Ford Business Solutions plans to expand to provide more opportunities for software developers, data scientists, R&D engineers, and finance and accounting professionals, in support of the Ford+ plan to transform and modernize Ford globally.
Ford India will maintain parts depots in Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Sanand and Kolkata.
Ford India will maintain a smaller network of suppliers to support engine manufacturing for exports and will work closely with other suppliers to ensure a smooth wind-down of vehicle manufacturing.

Based on Ford press release

Sep 06, 2021

On September 2, Navya announced its first deployment of its autonomous shuttle bus on public roads in the UK at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, a leading innovation center in Oxfordshire.
The shuttle will be operated by Darwin, a British company specializing in the application of cutting-edge technological research in the field of terrestrial and satellite communications.
Darwin’s focus is to enable reliable connectivity on the move by combining terrestrial and satellite communications, with the aid of the European Space Agency, mobile provider O2 and satellite operator Hispasat.
UK insurer Aviva is also a partner. Aviva will use the results of Darwin’s trial to evolve its insurance products to provide comprehensive coverage for autonomous vehicles and associated technologies. The shuttle will transport employees and visitors 24/7 around this UK science and technology hub.
Navya press release

Sep 02, 2021

On September 1, Power Global introduced its first mass market product, the eZee swappable battery for light mobility vehicles. The launch of the eZee product line marks the global debut of Power Global. Beginning in India, Power Global's eZee offers auto-rickshaw drivers a simple, low-cost path to EV adoption. While traditional EV products carry a high upfront cost of ownership, Power Global solves this problem through their affordable energy-as-a-service membership program. Through this unique subscription service, drivers receive a swappable eZee battery module backed by Power Global's zero-maintenance lifetime service guarantee. 
The company's first facilities include its in-country battery production plant, located on the site of a former Honda facility in Greater Noida, India, and its R&D lab and battery manufacturing facility in Pasadena, California, which will focus on new product innovations for electric vehicles and stationary storage applications. Power Global's initial facilities position the company to easily serve neighbouring markets in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Nigeria as well as other locations in Southeast Asia and Africa.

Power Global press release

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