Ashok Leyland and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), on August 19, 2017, to sponsor the Centre of Battery Engineering (CoBE) at IIT Madras.
The CoBE will help the ongoing research by facilitating collaboration between industry and researchers, which is currently lacking, to study various battery characteristics that are not completely understood even among global players.
IIT Madras has an excellent track record of working with industry leaders and innovators. Ashok Leyland is also keen on carrying out a fair amount of private consulting research projects with CoBE over the next few years.
Apart from that, CoBE will play a major role in coordinating synergy with various industry partners to develop a holistic cooperation model across the entire value chain of EV Batteries. Through this partnership, Ashok Leyland aims to support the EV ecosystem at a national level.
Head of Electric Vehicles and e-Mobility Solutions, at Ashok Leyland, Karthick Athmanathan said, "With this initiative in battery engineering, we want to be participants in India's aggressive push to stay ahead of the curve as far as electric mobility is concerned."
Director of IIT Madras, Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, "By pledging long-term support and collaborating with the CoBE at IIT Madras, Ashok Leyland is making a significant contribution to this critical technology for India's future energy and transportation needs."
The Government of India is planning to shift to all-electric vehicles by 2030. So, this partnership is significant in developing batteries for the electric vehicles. Ashok Leyland is also working on an electric bus, and the new battery technology will be useful for the automaker.