Billed to be the world’s largest, the scooter factory in Tamil Nadu is expected to be ready and operational in the coming months, the company said in a statement.
Ola will utilise ABB’s automation solutions in its factory’s key manufacturing process lines, including the painting and welding lines, while ABB robots will be deployed extensively in the battery and motor assembly lines.
These include ABB’s “IRB 5500” paint and “IRB 2600” Integrated Dressing robots in its painting and welding lines, and “IRB 6700” robots for assembly and material handling in the battery and motor assembly areas.
Based on Industry 4.0 principles, the factory will be powered by Ola’s own proprietary AI Engine and tech stack that will be deeply integrated into all its systems, continuously self-learning and optimising every aspect of the manufacturing process.
The use of ABB’s robots and automation solutions will ensure remote digital connectivity and monitoring of the robots that will ride on Ola’s proprietary AI engine and tech stack.
This will enhance the entire operations, especially with Ola’s implementation of cyber-physical and advanced IoE systems.
Bhavish Aggarwal, chairman and Group CEO, Ola, said, “We are delighted to bring on board ABB, a global leader in robotics, machine automation and digital services, as a key supplier and partner for robotics and automation solutions that will be deployed at our scooter mega-factory.”
Sanjeev Sharma, managing director, ABB India and South Asia, said, “We are privileged to be an end to end partner of Ola Electric and contribute to the EV vision of this path-breaking company and of our nation. Our integrated automation package with digital connectivity, riding on Ola’s AI platform will be instrumental in the roll-out of these world-class scooters for India and the rest of the world.”
With an initial annual capacity of 2 million units, the electric scooter factory will create 10,000 jobs and serve as the company’s global manufacturing hub for both India and international markets across Europe, the UK, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand.
The mega-factory is also expected to be the country’s most automated, with about 5,000 robots and automated guided vehicles in use, once the factory is operational in its full capacity.