Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts sets up e-Drive production line

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Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts (TKAP) announced on Sunday that it has set up a new e-Drive (electrified component) production line at its plant near Bangalore.

TKM Vice President Vikram Gulati told the Activity area that the new manufacturing line will meet local needs and exports. For the first time, the e-Drive will be re-exported to Japan and other countries globally. “We believe that with the localization of e-Drive, there will be greater penetration of electrified mobility, including hybrid powerful electrified vehicles (SHEVs) in the country,” he said. E-Drive is an advanced automotive technology (AAT) with a high-speed motor and is notified under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme.

Sustainable mobility

At TKAP, this state-of-the-art facility has been set up with high and strict quality standards to produce electrified parts for manufacturing clean cars. Annual production capacity is 1,35,000 units at its Bidadi plant, enabling a strong supply chain towards sustainable mobility.

“With the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (between Toyota Group and the Government of Karnataka), our clear objectives are to usher in large-scale investments to further reduce carbon emissions, create more jobs, create a local manufacturing hub, not only for domestic needs but also for global markets,” said Vikram Kirloskar, vice president of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, in a statement.

So far, Toyota has sold more than 20 million electrified vehicles (EVs) globally in total. Also in India, TKM has introduced hybrid electric vehicles to the market. HEVs, featuring both a gasoline engine and an electric powertrain, are extremely environmentally friendly while requiring no behavioral changes from the customer. Hybrids can travel 40% of the distance and 60% of the time as an electric vehicle with a gasoline engine turned off, as proven in a study by iCAT, a government testing agency. This gives hybrids exceptional fuel efficiency and much lower carbon emissions.

Phase II of the Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) involving the major improvement of skills infrastructure from 200 to approximately 1,200 students was also initiated. This involves an investment of ₹700 crore for the training institute.

Gulati said that for the three-year course, Toyota invests around ₹6 lakh to train students in the technical institute. The institute, which selects only those who belong to the economically weaker section, currently has the capacity to train 200 students. With the additional investment announced recently, the capacity will be increased to 1,200 students. “After graduating from the institute, students are free to choose the company they wish to join. They are also offered employment in Toyota companies here,” he said.

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June 26, 2022

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