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Kalyani Powertrain, Harbinger Motors partner to develop electrified drivetrains for trucks

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A new JV company named 'ElectroForge' has been established by Indian supplier Kalyani Powertrain Limited (KPTL) - subsidiary of Bharat Forge - and Los Angeles-based EV company Harbinger Motors.

The companies have announced that their JV ElectroForge will manufacture electric powertrains for medium-duty commercial vehicles, with a wide range of customized and scalable solutions appropriate for Class 3-8 trucks in global markets.

They claim that their partnership will perfectly balance the forward-thinking innovation of Harbinger's experienced EV team and the vast manufacturing knowledge and scalability of Bharat Forge.

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

ElectroForge is said to begin its operations at KPTL's facility in Pune, with plans to expand manufacturing to other global locations in the coming years.

Amit Kalyani, Deputy Managing Director, Bharat Forge, 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".

He added that the JV accelerates his company's efforts and adds to the existing product portfolio in Power Electronics and 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".

Harbinger Motors claims to boast best-in-class team of EV, battery and drivetrain experts, with deep experience to support the growing demand for medium-duty EVs. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed technologies specifically designed for commercial vehicles, the company is bringing a first-of-its-kind EV platform to market, priced for zero acquisition premium. 

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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