Ashok Leyland and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set up a Centre of Battery Engineering (CoBE) at IIT Madras.
The objective of this MOU is to promote research and development (R&D) activities for strengthening battery engineering and related sub-parts, especially for electric vehicles. Ashok Leyland will provide a funding of Rs 1.5 crore over a 5-year period to this centre at IIT Madras.
“Battery Engineering, specifically for electric vehicles, is a very important emerging area of research and innovation. By pledging long-term support and collaborating with the CoBE at IIT Madras, Ashok Leyland is making a significant contribution to this critical technology for India’s future energy and transportation needs,” Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said.
The CoBE will seek to supplement the on-going research by facilitating collaboration between industry and researchers.
“With this initiative in battery engineering, we want to be participants in India’s aggressive push to stay ahead of the curve as far as electric mobility is concerned,” Karthick Athmanathan, Head, Electric Vehicles and e-Mobility Solutions, at Ashok Leyland, said. Read more
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