Tata Technologies, a global
engineering services provider, has announced a close association with NIO
China, a leading new-generation electric car company, in the complete product
development process of NIO’s range of electric vehicles. The association
between the two companies commenced with collaborative engineering for NIO’s
first electric all-aluminum vehicle, the ES8, which NIO intends to be their
first product positioned in the Chinese electric vehicles mass market.
Talking about this
association, Warren Harris, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer for
Tata Technologies said, “ES8 is an important milestone for the automotive
industry. The 7-seater high-performance electric SUV is a mobile living space
on wheels. It has been a privilege for Tata Technologies to partner with NIO on
this breakthrough product. Our close working relationship in the areas of
Lightweighting, Connected Vehicles and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a
great example of the type of partnerships that will define the future
automotive ecosystem. Moreover, our ability to serve NIO through the
capabilities that we have in China, India, UK and USA is a testament to the
investment we have made in our global capabilities. We look forward to our
partnership with NIO developing at scale.”
Roger Malkusson, Vice
President, Vehicle Engineering for NIO, recognised Tata Technologies’
contribution, and said, “We have an ambitious goal of delivering a new premium
user experience with electric vehicles that will set benchmarks globally and
Tata Technologies is our partner of choice to help achieve this. They were able
to pool in experts and teams from China, India, UK and Romania to work together
with the NIO engineering team to deliver the final product which adhered to the
highest standards in safety and finesse. The first finished product, ES8, is an
all-aluminum SUV that broke lightweight index benchmarks and was delivered in
record time from a blank page to a validation vehicle in world class duration.”
The two companies initiated
their association in mid-2015, very close to NIO’s inception as an ambitious
next-gen EV startup. Since then, Tata Technologies has engaged with NIO to
drive major engineering aspects related to the development of ES8, such as Body
Structures, Closures & Exteriors, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, PLM,
and Off-car Connectivity. Tata Technologies, in this strategic association with
NIO, utilized its globally distributed execution model and extended its proven expertise
in out-of-the-box engineering processes.
With the goal of creating a
product-development process that would establish an industry benchmark, NIO and
Tata Technologies have worked on a range of concepts on weight optimization
using advanced materials. The team has worked on creating a process that would
pioneer the way for more advanced material based vehicles in China. The result
of implementing such expertise is that the ES8 is currently achieving Body
Weight Efficiency targets better than the EuroCarBody Conference best.
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