Lohia Group forays into auto sector

Lohia Group forays into auto sector
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First Published: Wed, May 21 2008. 02 52 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 21 2008. 02 52 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Diversified business house Lohia Group has announced its foray into the automobile sector with a Rs150 crore investment to launch electric two and three-wheeler vehicles in the second half of this year.
The group, which has set up a subsidiary - Lohia Auto Industries, will set up a greenfield manufacturing facility at Kashipur in Uttarakhand with an installed capacity of two lakh units per annum.
“Recently central and various state government have taken initiatives to promote environment friendly vehicles. Keeping in mind this aspect and soaring fuel prices, we have decided to launch electric vehicles in the country,” Lohia Auto Industries Vice President Ayush Lohia told PTI.
He said the first lot of the electric two-wheelers from the Lohia stable would hit the market by August followed by three-wheelers in November.
The Noida-based Rs400 crore group is currently involved in garment and handicrafts exports, steel and brass coil business and real estate.
“The two wheelers in below 250W category would be priced in the range of Rs25,000-Rs30,000, while the 500W-750W category bikes would be available between Rs30,000-Rs35,000,” he added. The three-wheelers would cost between Rs45,000-Rs 50,000.
Commenting on the production capacity of the company, he said out of the installed capacity of two lakh units per annum, around 1.5 lakh would be two-wheelers and the remaining would be only passenger three-wheelers.
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First Published: Wed, May 21 2008. 02 52 PM IST