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Dr Andy Palmer CMG appointed Executive Vice Chairman & CEO

Chennai, NFAPost: Switch Mobility Ltd. (“Switch” or “the company”), the new electrified commercial vehicles group backed by the Hinduja Group, announces its formal launch by combining the electric commercial vehicle operations of Ashok Leyland and the former Optare company to secure a leading global position in net zero carbon buses and light commercial vehicles.

A new leadership team has been appointed to leverage the legacy manufacturing and innovation capabilities of Ashok Leyland and Optare, while applying cutting-edge technologies to provide customers with industry-leading low cost of ownership and net zero emissions transport solutions globally.

Dr Andy Palmer has been appointed as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1st July 2021, supported by an experienced team of experts to deliver the company’s ambitions to be a leader in urban e-mobility. This includes the appointment of Nitin Seth as Chief Operating Officer, Sarwant Singh Saini as Chief Planning Officer and Roger Blakey as Chief Technical Officer. Further Leadership appointments will be announced shortly.

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With the combined expertise of its teams in UK and India, Switch will build on its experience of having more than 280 electric vehicles in service with over 26 million miles covered. The company’s potential has been enhanced through technological collaboration with partners including Siemens to deliver e-mobility solutions that already offer the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for CV customers in India. As part of its ramp-up, Switch has already signed customer agreements with leading logistic operators and secured orders for a 2000-strong e-LCV fleet with customer trials starting this month.

Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility, said Hinduja Group is focused on providing the needed thrust to its on-going initiatives in the rapidly growing zero carbon mobility sector.

“This is orchestrated through combining the advanced engineering and development skills in the U.K and India to address the demand in global markets. I am confident that with Andy Palmer at the helm, we will accelerate our vision to be at the forefront in this field soon,” said Dheeraj Hinduja.

Andy Palmer, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO and of Switch Mobility, commented Switch holds a unique position in an increasingly competitive marketplace with our EV commercial vehicles already clocking millions of miles in service.

“We embrace the ethos of a start-up and enjoy the legacies of intellectual property, borne from more than a decade of technical expertise and engineering experience, that is already revenue-generating and delivering for our customers. I’m delighted to have become part of the Executive Leadership team and believe we have all the required ingredients to become a leading global e-bus and e-truck player, trail-blazing the way to zero-carbon public transport,” said Andy Palmer.

Switch Mobility

Switch Mobility is a next-generation electric bus and light commercial vehicle company with the mission to enrich lives through green mobility. Formed in 2020 as a mature start-up, Switch was forged from the innovative EV elements of Ashok Leyland, the third-largest bus and LCV OEM in the world, and Optare, the UK bus manufacturer with over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design. In 2014, Switch introduced the first British built, pure electric buses to London’s roads and since then has 280 EVs already on the road, clocking up over 26 million electric miles in developed and developing markets.

With dedicated teams at our sites in Leeds, UK and Chennai, India, our market-leading vehicles are sold in over 46 countries around the globe and combine the best of British and Indian design, technology and engineering to create unique products. Capitalising on our demonstrable experience and proven expertise in lightest weight architecture, zero emissions technologies, data analytics and software, and not forgetting customer service, Switch Mobility aims to be the commercial EV provider and employer of choice in the industry.

To learn more about Switch and view current on the road vehicles and future concepts, find us at and follow us on Twitter: @switchEVglobal

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