Days after Honda launched its first scooter-exclusive plant in Gujarat, its fourth in India, once-partner-now-arch-rivals Hero MotoCorp has inaugurated its new Global Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Made with an investment of Rs 850 crores, the CIT aims to bring all aspects of research and development of a vehicle under one roof. This includes new product design, prototype manufacturing and testing.
CIT has test tracks which are as long as 16 kilometers long in total and include 45 different surfaces to create real world road conditions be it somewhere in India or abroad. With a staff strength of 500 automotive experts, the centre will be headed by Dr Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero.
Here’s what Mr Braunsperger said…
“Within this facility we are establishing new work processes and enhancing our technical skills to global benchmarks. We will compete globally, attracting the best talent from India and across the world. The CIT will become a unique workplace for engineering talent in India, bringing our R&D Vision to life, energizing smart mobility technology.”
Indian Green Building council has given the CIT Platinum rating for the advanced green technologies used in the facility. The main features of the CIT includes:
- In house prototype facility
- Concept and Design studios
- Multiple laboratories
- 11 storey Iconic Tower designed to utilise sunlight
- Natural ventilation
- 22 ponds to recharge ground water
The CIT will also grow vegetables on roof top via hydroponic technique. These would later be used in the cafeteria. Well, all this seems great, specially the test track, and the future looks bright for the Hero, but when can we have the HX250?