Bharat Forge, Harbinger Motors to develop electric powertrains for trucks


Kalyani Powertrain, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian automotive forging company Bharat Forge, is set to create a joint venture (JV) with Harbinger Motors, a US-based commercial electric vehicle (EV) company, to develop electric drivetrains for commercial trucks.

Named as ElectroForge, the JV will utilize the strengths of the two companies in providing drivetrains for the Class 3 through 8 markets. It will initially start operations at the Pune facility of Kalyani Powertrain in India.

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Leveraging Kalyani Powertrain’s global manufacturing experience in India, Europe, and North America, the JV will be a volume manufacturer of electric powertrains for Harbinger Motors.

John Harris — Harbinger Motors CEO said: “This collaboration marks the beginning of a new chapter for commercial electric powertrains. Both companies bring class-leading manufacturing and intellectual capital that enables us to scale an industry solution that will blend efficiency with unmatched value.”

Bharat Forge, Harbinger Motors to develop electric powertrains for trucks

Bharat Forge, Harbinger Motors to develop electric powertrains for trucks. Photo courtesy of Harbinger.

ElectroForge will leverage electric vehicle innovations made by Harbinger Motors and Bharat Forge’s manufacturing experience and scalability to offer low-mass drivetrains with an advanced architecture designed to meet the durability and performance requirements of commercial vehicles.

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Amit Kalyani — Bharat Forge Deputy Managing Director said: “For over 20 years, Bharat Forge has been one of the leading suppliers of safety critical components for chassis and engines to the global commercial vehicle markets. As this sector is electrified, we have joined hands with Harbinger in bringing world-class products to support customers globally in their electrification journey.

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“The JV accelerates our efforts and adds to the existing product portfolio in Power Electronics & light weighting solutions for the EV space. This JV fully aligns with our organizational vision of being PLANET-POSITIVE and reducing our enterprise carbon footprint.”

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