VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. (VECV), a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, is commercially producing engines at what it calls the most “technologically advanced engine manufacturing plant in India.” The plant is located at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, with an initial capacity of 25,000 units per annum in Phase 1 at an investment of Rs 375 crores. Capacity is anticipated to eventually increase to 100,000 units per annum with an additional investment of around Rs 125 crores. The engine facility will be a hub for meeting Volvo Group’s global medium-duty engine requirements for 5- and 8-L engines. The Euro 6-compliant diesel base engines will be supplied to Volvo’s plant in Venissieux, France, where they will be assembled for Euro 6 requirements. The same platform will be adapted to Euro 3 and 4 engine (BS3/BS4) technologies to meet VECV and other Volvo Group requirements in Asia. Engine platforms have a power range of 180 to 350 hp (134 to 261 kW) and provide the highest power-to-weight ratio in the Indian commercial-vehicle sector, according to VECV. The manufacturing plant is based on Volvo Group global manufacturing systems and processes, featuring a flexible final engine assembly line using automatic guided vehicles and smart cell technology.