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EMotorad Begins Construction of Integrated Electric Cycle Gigafactory

EMotorad has decided to expand its manufacturing capabilities and is set to reshape the e-cycle landscape by launching the world’s largest e-cycle gigafactory.

May 07, 2024. By Aishwarya

EMotorad has decided to expand its manufacturing capabilities and is set to reshape the e-cycle landscape by launching the world’s largest e-cycle gigafactory.

With this expansion, India will be home to two of the world's biggest gigafactories: one for Ola Electric two-wheelers and the other for EMotorad e-cycles.

Fuelled by key sectors such as information technology, services, agriculture, and manufacturing, India is today the fifth-largest economy globally. Companies like Ola and EMotorad are seizing opportunities within the vast domestic market and leveraging a young, tech-adept workforce, leading to a surge in domestic manufacturing and export.

Spread across 2,40,000 sq. ft in Phase 1, EMotorad’s gigafactory will manufacture all giga components including the battery, motor, display, and charger, a critical component in EV production and a giant leap for the startup. With an initial production capacity of 500,000+ e-cycles each year, the gigafactory aims to meet the rising demand for alternative modes of transportation.

Speaking on the recent developments, Kunal Gupta, Founder and CEO of EMotorad, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “India's economic journey is in the midst of rapid transition and robust industrialisation with extraordinary transformation in speed and scale. The time is now, and it’s not just India’s year or decade - it’s India’s century. With all key elements in place, like working population, infrastructure, intellectual capital, and much more - we are leapfrogging towards something huge. We wish to inspire startups across India to invest in brick and mortar manufacturing capabilities. This factory marks a significant step forward for us to penetrate deeper into the European and North American markets, and we look forward to hosting clients from around the world.”

They incorporate Industry 4.0 standards, which are driven by smart manufacturing and the creation of intelligent factories. They are also gearing up to expand their product lineup by introducing an exciting array of electric vehicles. These state-of-the-art models developed on advanced Gen-2 platforms are a huge win for the EV landscape. 

Speaking on the recent developments, Rajib Gangopadhyay, Founder and Corporate Strategist of EMotorad, says, “We’re fortunate to start EMotorad in this dynamic era where India’s economy is booming faster than ever. With steady growth, thriving international and domestic tie-ups, and catering to global demands, we are emerging as a very resilient powerhouse. EMotorad is turning out to be a proof that the capital invested towards building assets in a startup can still have the scale and growth of any VC-backed enterprise, and these strategic ventures will turn startups into generational businesses.”

The e-cycle gigafactory is being constructed in four phases. When phase one is completed, it will become South Asia’s biggest integrated e-cycle gigafactory and the biggest outside of China. Phase one, starting in August, focuses on giga component production, with subsequent phases expanding in-house manufacturing capabilities. 

“India’s manufacturing sector is undergoing a unique metamorphosis. Expanding EMotorad’s very own gigafactory is propelled by factors such as technological advancements, automation, government initiatives, and more. This favourable business environment positions us as a dynamic hub of opportunities for both domestic and international investments. In the face of the climate crisis, gigafactories are leading the way for alternative mobilities, with India spearheading this transformative journey”, emphasizes Sumedh Battewar, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer.

Funding from a recent series B round, with investors participating like Panthera Group, Xto10x, and former Indian Cricket Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, fuels this expansion. The factory expansion was a strategic allocation of funds from the series B funding secured by EMotorad earlier this year.

EMotorad's domestic growth hit 370 percent last year, maintaining a four-year streak. As India's top e-cycle exporter, they're eyeing global markets, particularly Europe and the US. With the launch of their cost-effective X-factor range and advanced drivetrain technology, EMotorad aims to dominate the domestic and international markets.

With EMotorad poised to showcase India's prowess at some of the largest expos this year, including Eurobike in Frankfurt, Germany, in July 2024, the team has already begun preparations.
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