Precision Camshafts signs MoU with SMC to develop retrofitted EVs

Precision Camshafts Limited (PCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMC) in Maharashtra to develop 100% retrofitted electric vehicles (EVs) for waste collection.

The Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has a fleet of nearly 250 diesel engine operated light commercial vehicles (LCVs), called Ghanta Gaadi, for collecting waste throughout Solapur.

The corporation is planning to convert such intra city vehicles into 100% electric vehicles with an intention to work with Precision Camshafts Limited to execute the conversion.

In line with the MoU, Precision Camshafts Limited will provide three fully homologated electric light commercial vehicles for the Solapur Municipal Corporation on a “free of cost” returnable basis by the end of next year.

Precision Camshafts signs MoU with Solapur Municipal Corporation to develop retrofitted electric vehicles

Precision Camshafts signs MoU with Solapur Municipal Corporation to develop retrofitted electric vehicles. Photo courtesy of Precision Camshafts Limited.

Based on the outcome and final validation of the trial vehicles, the corporation is expected to float E-Tender on G.E.M. as per the pilot vehicle technical specifications for additional electric LCVs. Precision Camshafts Limited said that it will offer the necessary service and maintenance during the trials to Solapur Municipal Corporation.

The Indian camshaft manufacturer said that the electrification of all the Ghanta Gaadis of the corporation will save nearly INR 6.5 crores per year in fuel costs, based on the data provided. Furthermore, it will offset CO2 emissions by nearly 1800 tons per year.

Solapur Municipal Corporation will set up the necessary charging infrastructure and training of personnel for operating the electric LCVs.

Precision Camshafts Limited and its fully-owned step down subsidiary Emoss Mobile Systems BV (EMOSS) are said to offer a business solution that designs, develops, produces, and supplies complete electric powertrains for buses, trucks, military vehicles, and heavy equipment.

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