TNI || New Delhi || 22nd March 2022
Switch Mobility Ltd, an electric bus and LCV firm, held a ceremony today in Valladolid, Spain, to mark the opening of its new advanced production plant.
Raquel Sanchez Jimenez, Minister of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda, Alfonso Fernandez Maueco, President of the Region of Castilla y León, and Oscar Puente, Mayor of Valladolid, all attended the event. To commemorate the occasion, Switch Mobility’s Dheeraj Hinduja laid the foundation stone.
The 35-acre location in Valladolid, Switch’s first in continental Europe, will include two state-of-the-art manufacturing lines and will be fully carbon-neutral from the start, with the first buses expected to be built within a year.
The facility will play a crucial part in reviving the Soto de Medinilla area near Valladolid, as well as generating approximately 7,000 jobs, direct or indirect, in the region, with a €100 million investment expected for the facility over the next decade.
Switch’s new 12 metre bus, developed for the European market, will be manufactured in stage one of the new development.
From 2024 onwards, Phases 2 and 3 will add battery assembling capabilities and manufacturing of Switch’s zero-carbon LCV. Dheeraj Hinduja said that he is happy that they have broken ground on Switch Mobility’s new state-of-the-art facility in Valladolid.
The place as per him, is a perfect location for the facility for its rich automotive past, robust supply chain, and availability of engineering expertise, and that he would like to express gratitude towards national and regional authorities for their support.
He said he was hopeful that new facility would meet the growing demands in Europe, which is positioned for rapid expansion in the EV Mobility area.
The previous year has been one of great development for Switch, confirmed Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility Ltd, Andy Palmer as they have built a footprint in the United Kingdom, India, and now Continental Europe, with over 500 electric buses on order and over 50 million kilometres driven with their existing electric vehicles.
The launch of the site in Spain is a significant step forward in their global expansion strategy, he said.