With an eye on the future, Tata Motors today inaugurated its state-of-the-art ‘Advance Power Systems Engineering Tech Center’ at the Engineering Research Center (ERC) in Pune.
The company says this futuristic tech facility will play a key role in engineering, testing and developing cutting-edge powertrain solutions for all its products, bringing in synergies across passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and electric vehicle businesses. It will primarily focus on future development of BS6 (Phase 1 & 2), Real Driving Emissions (RDE), CAFÉ II, Hybrids, Electrification and BS7.
Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors said, “We at Tata Motors have been consistently gearing up for the future through strategic investments in our product development and engineering capabilities. I am delighted to witness our new ‘Advance Power Systems Engineering Tech Center’ in Pune go live, which was established in a record time of 15 months. This facility will act as a hub to develop class-leading powertrain solutions for our vast product portfolio across ICE and electric. This technical centre reiterates our commitment to offer our customers a wide range of clean, sustainable technologies, thus meeting their aspirations.”
Rajendra Petkar, president and CTO, Tata Motors, said, “It’s a proud moment for us to introduce the world-class Power Systems Engineering Tech Centre in Pune. This facility is a strategic step to offer powertrain solutions across segments under one roof. With future-proof design elements, this facility will enable Tata Motors to offer differentiated products to the customers, with a strong focus on technology, innovation and desired product attributes. With the auto industry witnessing mobility disruptions around CESS (Connected, Electrified, Safe & Shared), this facility will go a long way in supporting our customer-oriented agenda.”
Spread over 12,000 sq. mt. with future-proof design elements, this test facility is equipped to meet the development, calibration and type approval requirement for light and heavy-duty powertrains. It is also capable of testing the range, power, drivability and durability of electric vehicles.
With this new facility, Tata Motors expands its technological research and development (R&D) scale. The company has state-of-the-art R&D centres and design studios which are located in Pune (India), South Korea, Italy and the UK, and have many firsts to their credit. Tata Motors also houses Asia’s first anechoic chamber, India’s only full climate test facility and first full vehicle crash test facility, whose capability has helped develop the first made-in-India 5-star rated (Global NCAP) passenger vehicle, the Tata Nexon.
Tata Motors is also the first manufacturer in India to achieve BS6 certification in January 2019, for a naturally aspirated CNG engine for commercial vehicles. Recently, Tata Motors introduced its Ziptron electric vehicle technology, which will power a new range of Tata electric cars.