On the sidelines of the IEB Autotech2022 in Tokyo, which is currently underway, Hero Electric has formally announced a preferred partner relationship with NIDEC Japan, one of the world leaders in electric motors.
NIDEC’s E-motors will now be deployed on Hero’s city speed range of E-bikes. The roll-out is expected in February 2023.
Hero Electric entered into a partnership with NIDEC Japan over two years ago and began co-developing E-Bike motors for its entire range, starting with its city speed range E-bikes. The co-development involved extensive inputs from the Hero Electric’s R&D team of Engineers to the hugely experienced team at NIDEC.
Speaking at the side-lines of the IEB Autotech 2022, Mr. Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric, India said, “We have been relentlessly scouting for reliable EV components from high quality suppliers across the globe for the last few years since the Indian suppliers for the EV components were not willing to invest giving reasons of very low volume of sales and unpredictable future of EVs in India.
Our partnership with NIDEC Japan was forged to help alleviate our growing supply chain issues. Having them on board and our close partnership with them is now allowing us to develop Power Train Components across all our product range progressively.
Indian driving and road conditions being severe, components need to be designed keeping in mind challenging issues like extreme temperatures, dust, overloading and inconsistencies in the power supply in the country.
It has taken us a long time to reach this stage where we are now confident that the power train that NIDEC will deliver from its state-of-the-art plant at Neemrana will be the best in class from the point of view of efficiency and reliability.”
Speaking on the supply chain issues faced by the pioneering E-Bike makers in the country, Mr. Gill added,
“Had the leading Indian suppliers of batteries and other automotive components exhibited the confidence and a risk appetite to take a leap into the EV world, India would have laid a foundation of a very robust Indian supply chain of all EV components and helped India’s mission of being self-reliant in emerging technologies.”
Speaking on the partnership with Hero Electric, NIDEC spokesperson said,
“It is our pleasure and honour to announce that after a marathon series of meetings with Hero Electric our Research and Development team have been working tirelessly, NIDEC India Pvt. Ltd. has achieved a breakthrough and has developed a Hub Motor, with modern advance technology suitable to Indian conditions and which will ensure best ride ever”.
The NIDEC spokesperson added,
“We take this opportunity to thank the entire management and the entire team of Hero Electric for their never-ending support and collaboration in developing this Hub Motor. We hope that this is the beginning of more such breakthroughs and development collaborating with Hero Electric and that this partnership shall be a landmark one in the field of Electric Vehicle Motors in India.”
Hero Electric is one of the oldest and largest e2W companies in India, with over 550,000 customers. It has been electrifying mobility for the last 15 years through its varied product portfolio. Steering the EV revolution in the country, Hero Electric is working towards expanding its manufacturing capacity, the distribution network, and strengthening the EV ecosystem. Hero Electric recently signed an MoU with the Rajasthan Government to set up its mega EV manufacturing hub with an annual production capacity of 2 million units. In line with India’s sustainability vision, the company aims to achieve the 1500 touchpoints target over the next few years to make e2W accessible.
Established in Kyoto, Japan in 1973, NIDEC Corporation has grown into a world-leading comprehensive motor manufacturer encompassing more than 300 subsidiaries. The company later branched off into various automotive motor markets and has now forayed into the electric vehicle space. NIDEC’s electric power steering motors, in particular, have captured the largest global market share and helped cement the company’s position in the industry. For the Indian market, it has announced a new plant in western Rajasthan spread across a 16,000 sq. meter area to increase its production capacity. With the growing demand for electric vehicles, NIDEC will build a robust system in India and further expand to Southeast Asia to consolidate sales of 10 trillion yen by 2030.
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