Following the recently announced business reorganization, pepper motion is about to enter the vast Indian market, the second largest in Asia after the Chinese one as for zero-emission trucks and buses production, as well as battery systems. The plan is to build a fully integrated vertical production facility, similar to Tesla, for the conversion of diesel buses and trucks as well as the construction of new vehicles, including battery production of up to 20 GWh.
Both battery electric drives and pepper’s fuel cell-based drive system, which was recently launched in an initial small series, are to be used. There are also plans to develop and offer a corresponding charging infrastructure with other established technology partners. The investment project, including all planned expansion stages, has a total volume of around 600 million US dollars.
pepper motion has quite ambitious plans for India
The plan is to produce more than 50,000 electric buses and trucks per year from 2027 and to market components for the electric drive of commercial vehicles internationally. The official kick-off for the cooperation will be the ceremony to mark the presentation of the investment permit for the construction of the production facilities in Andhra Pradesh at the end of November 2023.
According to pepper motion, the Indian government is currently creating a favorable environment for the consistent development of the New Mobility & New Energy sectors and has set itself ambitious decarbonization targets. Its strategy towards zero-emission commercial vehicle transportation offers pepper a great opportunity to successfully establish itself as a leading technology supplier in the Indian market.
“The existing port and industrial infrastructure, and the innovation-driven, progressive economic policies of the state of Andhra Pradesh offer us excellent opportunities and we are especially grateful to Hon’ble Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for his great commitment and trust in pepper”, said Andreas Hager, Managing Director and CEO of pepper motion GmbH.