Chennai, India (Urban Transport News): Switch Mobility Ltd on September 1, 2021, has announced that Ex. Mahindra Electric CEO Mahesh Babu has joined the company and will hold two leadership positions with immediate effect. He will act as Chief Operating Officer of Switch Mobility Ltd and Chief Executive Officer of Switch Mobility, India.
Mahesh Babu has over 25 years of experience in mobility/electric mobility and he joined Switch from Mahindra Electric where he was Managing Director and CEO. Under his leadership, Mahindra Electric launched six new electric vehicles including 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler commercial vehicles, as well as the innovative software platform NEMO.
One of the most prestigious projects under his leadership was India’s first monocoque SUV, the XUV500. Furthermore, he has been instrumental in shaping future mobility policy in India by delivering electric TCO solutions through groundbreaking initiatives in passenger vehicles, commercial fleets, and last-mile mobility. He actively contributed to various EV committees of both central and state governments, CII and FICCI. Until recently he served as the Chairman of the Electric Mobility Group at SIAM, the APEX Automotive Association of India and before joining Mahindra, he previously worked at Ashok Leyland.
This key appointment, the latest step in a series of recent high profile appointments to leadership positions and the board, reinforces Switch Mobility’s management bench strength and industry expertise and demonstrates the company’s commitment to driving growth and securing a leading global position in net zero carbon buses and light commercial vehicles.
With the combined expertise of its teams in the UK and India, Switch Mobility will build on its experience of having more than 280 electric vehicles in service with over 26 million miles covered.
Andy Palmer, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility Ltd, said:
I am delighted to announce this appointment as Mahesh brings over 25 years of experience to Switch and his expertise as a CEO and track record as an EV pioneer is well-known. He joins a strong leadership team and I look forward to working with him closely to achieving our ambition to provide net-zero carbon van and bus solutions globally and realising our bold sustainability objectives at Switch.
“Switch Mobility is determined to progress the adoption of zero-carbon transportation and I am pleased to be joining such a driven and distinguished team. The uptake of zero-carbon commercial mobility products and solutions globally is both a personal and professional aspiration of mine and I believe Switch has the capability and the compelling offering to create a leading first-class global electric vehicle company. I look forward to being part of its growth story,” commented Mahesh Babu on his joining Switch Mobility.
Switch Mobility is a technology-focused bus and light commercial vehicle company with the mission to enrich lives through green mobility. Formed in 2020 as a mature start-up, Switch is forged from the EV capabilities of Ashok Leyland, the fourth largest bus and LCV OEM in the world, and Optare, the British bus company with over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design. Currently fulfilling orders in the UK, Switch is creating a strong foundation for the expansion of its operations in Europe and driving growth in India and other parts of the world.