EMobility+ got to interview Mr. Ravin Mirchandani – Executive Chairman, Ador Powertron and learnt about their highly efficient EV solutions. We also got insights into the company’s current contribution towards the Emobility sector and future plans & goals.
Please tell us about the solutions provided by your esteemed company for electric mobility.
Ador Digatron is a joint venture company established between the 114 year-old ADOR Group of India and Digatron GmbH. We have been supplying equipment for battery manufacturing plants since the 1980s including equipment to form, charge, test batteries and recently we also launched a set of solutions for Lithium cell packing lines as well. A majority of battery manufacturing plants (lead acid and lithium) in the South East Asia region are also supported by our plant in Pune, India. Recently we also launched India’s first 100% made in India DC Fast Charger – the Quench DC fast charger series, which will eventually have capacity ranges from 60KW to 350KW. We are very proud of what our teams in both Germany and India have been able to jointly achieve in designing this product to be born global, but made in India.
How has the electric mobility business been under Covid for Ador? Any key learnings?
2 years ago, electric mobility was still quite a novelty in our industry and most business leaders viewed it as a trend that is over the horizon in timelines to implementation. We held a belief as far back as 2016 that our future as a company is wedded to clean mobility solutions and invested in developing – both technology for lithium battery manufacturing plants and also DC fast chargers that are capable of CCS, ChaDeMo and also AC fast charging simultaneously.
We also learned that the electric mobility industry and ecosystem continue to work in silos and various parts of the ecosystem don’t necessarily talk to each other, hampering a common narrative on how to foster rapid adoption of E mobility in India. So we launched in 2017, the Annual India E Mobility summit for CEOs. This summit held under Chatham House Rules includes the main protagonists & decision makers from the entire ecosystem (policy regulators, OEMs, battery manufacturers, CPOs, power companies, etc) to discuss how to overcome the roadblocks and headwinds facing our industry. We also launched the energizingindia.tv podcast featuring conversations with key industry leaders within the e-mobility sector to create a narrative for the annual summit which we believe has helped us start to develop a common view on how the industry can be helped to grow rapidly.
In relation to our learnings from COVID – the learnings have been that only the nimble can thrive through this environment that constantly challenges supply chain stability and costs. The electric mobility industry has definitely experienced momentum for growth since the lockdowns. Lack of public transport in cities spurred consumers to buy scooters and cars to get to work and many made the choice for an EV based on their experience during lockdown of the cleaner air we all got to breathe. The fact that the whole life cost of EVs today is already similar to an ICE has only helped with the buying decision. It is our opinion that a majority of customers buying ICE today will likely naturally choose an EV in the next buying cycle a few years hence.
How has the year 2021 been so far? What are your goals for the remaining year?
2021 is a mixed year. Tremendous supply chain challenges and yet tremendous hope for the product lines in the electric mobility and Lithium battery sectors which we have launched. Our goals for the remainder of the year is to have our fast chargers installed in over 15 city pair highways in conjunction with our partners -charge point operators serving customers in India, and also to export our first set of fast chargers. We also hope to install our first lithium battery cell packing for a customer in India.
Please tell us how your company has ensured it is keeping up with the digitalisation trend with respect to its systems and operations overall.
Digitalisation is no longer a buzzword, but a way of life for our industry. Whether it’s how we buy our raw material or sell our products, communicate within our teams or deal with our customers, everything has been impacted by digitalisation and new tools that allow for us to engage in a resilient manner.
We have launched our Nischint Care Assurance service for our products which uses IoT to run diagnostics and prognostics to forecast when and what spare parts will be needed at particular customer locations based on their use case and environment.
What role do you see Ador playing in the Indian EV industry in the next couple of years? What is the road map of Ador in the E mobility sector, especially EV Chargers?
We are fortunate to be at the heart of the E mobility industry as we design and make equipment for the energy storage medium of the industry – electric vehicle batteries. Whether it is the production of EV batteries, testing of new technologies or street level charging of batteries, ADOR provides solutions that are unique for both India and Asia. In 2021 we launched the Quench series DC fast charger which is 60KW upgradeable to 120KW. The E Mobility sector in India will benefit significantly from the recent announcement of the extension of FAME-II. As a result, our own future product roll out includes various capacities up to 350KW, super fast charging, intelligent distributed charging for distress locations including dispensers and also a 22KW AC charger. We are looking forward to being the reference for the industry on resilience and value and are excited to make a difference for our industry in India as we are so well placed to understand the unique challenges of designing a product that India will love.