Electric two-wheeler manufacturer Hero Electric has joined hands with battery pack manufacturer Battrixx for developing lithium-ion batteries. According to the Naveen Munjal-led firm, these batteries will be used in the company’s electric two-wheelers.
Hero Electric sells comfort speed (Eddy and Atria) and city speed (Photon, Optima and Nyx) electric scooters. It also offers Velocity electric cycle. The company currently has over 850 sales and service outlets spread across the country. Battrixx is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kabra Extrusiontechnik.
The strategic partnership between Hero Electric and Battrixx will focus on the development and manufacturing of advanced cell chemistry battery packs. The target is to supply 300,000 battery packs and chargers in the next 12 months. These batteries will comply with the latest AIS-156 amendments, which cover IP67 thermal protection, A/V warning systems, smart BMS and live data tracking with IoT.
“Batteries are the heart of electric mobility and the costliest. Batteries are also the most sensitive part, as their performance largely depends on the ecosystem in which they operate. It takes a long time to perfect the battery technology as its life expectancy and, abnormal behaviour over of battery’s life cycle cannot be entirely forecasted by using accelerated simulation techniques. Our local battery development exercise started five years back to meet the FAME 2 timeline. However, there was hardly any interest from the leading battery makers because of the low volumes and high investments,” said Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric.
“We continued our R&D experiments with different chemistries to achieve the right solution suitable for Indian weather conditions and roads. Partnering with Battrixx, we co-developed these battery packs to deliver a seamless performance while maintaining the highest levels of safety. The technology allows battery packs to carry their operations smoothly and safely in diverse temperature ranges; even if the temperatures go up to 45°C, there are negligible chances of a thermal runaway,” he added.
Hero Electric recently announced that it will set up a new manufacturing facility in Salarpur, Rajasthan, which will be spread over 170 acres and have an annual production capacity of 2 million units.
The company already has a manufacturing facility in Ludhiana, Punjab, with an annual production capacity of 1 lakh units. In July, it started work on its second plant in the same city and it will have a production capacity of 2 lakh units per year. The company aims to raise its annual production capacity to 1 million units in the next three years.
“Battrixx is a manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery packs across sectors. There has been a huge investment in infrastructure and technology to cater to the rising electric vehicle demand in the country. For EVs, battery packs are a crucial component and involve ample research and testing to be safe for EV owners. Over the last 18 months, we have been through rigorous testing and R&D and prepared to deliver global quality batteries for the growing Indian EV sector. With our partnership with Hero Electric, we are positive of facilitating an innovative, safe, and long-life cycle Li-ion LFP battery chemistry to aid the exponentially growing EV segment,” said Anand Kabra, vice chairman and MD, Kabra Extrusiontechnik.