Dana, Switch Mobility partner on electric commercial vehicles
By Mike Brezonick30 July 2021
Dana Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain and e-propulsion systems, and Switch Mobility Ltd., a U.K.-based subsidiary of Ashok Leyland that specializes in electric commercial vehicles, have signed a strategic agreement through which Dana will make a strategic investment in Switch Mobility and become a preferred supplier of electric drivetrain components for the company’s e-bus and EV commercial vehicle offerings.
The scope of Dana’s investment in Switch was not provided. Dana will supply its e-axles, gearboxes, motors, inverters, software and controls, as well as power electronics cooling technology.
“Light commercial vehicles and buses continue to present significant opportunities as they lead the commercial-vehicle segment’s shift to fully electrified platforms,” said James Kamsickas, Dana chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to extend our relationships with our long-standing customers, Ashok Leyland and Switch Mobility, as they continue to grow and implement their next-generation, road-proven technology that will enable a direct, positive impact on delivering sustainable urban emobility.”
Based in Leeds, Switch Mobility combines the electrical commercial vehicle operations of Ashok Leyland in India and Optare in U.K. to secure a global position in net zero carbon buses and light commercial vehicles.
Dana has over a century of proven track record of leading transformative vehicle technologies,” said Dheeraj Hinduja, chairman of Switch Mobility. “In Switch Mobility, we have an ambitious plan to be leading the zero-carbon mobility globally through positioning innovative products and solutions with best-in-class TCO.
“I believe the co-operation with Dana will accelerate the process, building on our strong relationship of many years. Through the synergy between us and with our shared aspirations, I am confident we will enhance our product offerings significantly and extend our market footprints in many new geographies.”