US automotive supplier Dana is partnering with Switch Mobility (formerly Optare), the UK subsidiary of Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leylan. Specifically, Dana will become a preferred supplier of e-drive parts for Switch Mobility's bus and commercial vehicle range.
The contracted e-components that Dana will supply to the UK in the future include e-axles, transmissions, motors, inverters, software and controls, and electronic cooling systems. At the same time, the U.S.-based supplier is making a strategic investment in Switch Mobility. The partners have agreed not to disclose the amount. Switch Mobility combines the e-commercial vehicle operations of Ashok Leyland in India and Optare in the UK "to become a global leader in zero-carbon buses and light commercial vehicles," according to an accompanying statement.
According to James Kamsickas, chairman and CEO of Dana, light-duty vehicles and buses continue to offer significant opportunities as they led the transition to fully electrified platforms in the commercial vehicle segment. "We are excited to expand our relationships with our long-time customers Ashok Leyland and Switch Mobility as they continue to grow and implement their next-generation street-legal technology that will have a direct, positive impact on the delivery of sustainable urban e-mobility."
Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Switch Mobility, added: "At Switch Mobility, we have an ambitious plan to be the global leader in zero carbon mobility by positioning innovative products and solutions with best-in-class total cost of ownership," he said, adding that he is confident that the synergies of the new partnership will enable them to significantly improve their product offering and expand their market presence in many new geographies.