Tata Motors News: Tata Motors looks to strengthen R&D capabilities with aggressive hiring this year

is gearing up to bolster its R&D with new hires and retraining of current employees this fiscal year to scale capabilities in several business sectors, including the electric vehicle segment, according to a top company official. In the field of EV, the company wants to increase its expertise in areas such as battery packs and vehicle architecture.

“In R&D hiring, we’re going for big hires, especially this year, but there’s also another area that we’ve looked very deeply into and that’s upskilling the current engineers within R&D,” Tata Motors President Passenger Vehicle and Electric Vehicles Shailesh Chandra said in an analyst interview.

It will be a big part of how the company plans to really expand its R&D base, he added.

In line with its growth ambitions and business plans for the coming years, the Mumbai-based auto giant is hiring people in various industries such as advanced engineering, product development, supply chain, operations and commercial functions at various levels.

Chandra noted that there would be closer collaborations with other group entities including JLR to enhance capabilities.

“There will be a lot of collaboration with various Tata companies, including JLR. So the opportunities will not only be … limited to within Tata Motors, but also see the potential of synergies with JLR and other Tata companies, who have a lot of capabilities software, so these are the areas we’re focusing on,” Chandra said.

In the EV space, Chandra said the company has begun developing capabilities in battery packs, motor design, new architectures and other critical functionalities.

When asked about synergies in the EV space, he said, “We’ve really looked at each of the segments in CV and PV, both the fleet and the personal segment, and we’re trying to see where potential synergies could be in both in terms of motor as well as batteries, especially the chemistry that we would like to choose, the form factors and as well as the CE rating because of the fast charging capability and stuff.”

There are certain areas where the auto major has seen convergence, especially small commercial vehicles and the fleet segment and PVs, Chandra said.

“There are certain similarities that we’ve seen in the low voltage category… we’ve looked at the next four years, five years. And we clearly have certain alignments in the choice of chemistry,” he added. †

Chandra went on to say: “So it’s an ongoing exercise from the current year. We’re expanding, different segments require different kinds of choices to be made, different power classes and therefore there are synergies, but also areas where we need to be different.”

He noted that when the company started its EV business, it rented an offline arrangement for mounting EV powertrains, which used to lead to capacity issues.

“But for all of our products, we are now integrated into our main assembly line. So literally we can convert all of the ICE (internal combustion engine) power into EV, so internal capacity is not an issue,” Chandra said.

The company also has a very comprehensive plan based on its volume forecasts to add new lines in battery packs, powertrains and power electronics, he said.

“So in terms of capacity, we’re definitely on track, something that really stops, and also limits us to unleash the demand pull potential that’s there, is the semiconductor issue,” Chandra said.

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