EVage: Creating niche in electric 4-wheel last mile delivery vehicles
MOTORINDIA|January 2021
EVs today are a busy playground world over. And, mushrooming are companies and start-ups that make EVs or EV components to push the EV age forward. So, how does another start-up, EVage, set itself apart from the competition? EVage opts to play in the last mile delivery vehicle segment – a vital link in the supply chain which no one else has focused on. Inderveer Singh, Founder and CEO of EVage lays it all out in simple terms to N Balasubramanian.
N Balasubramanian
EVage was born in 2014 and incorporated 5 years later today has garnered attention by making India’s first exoskeleton structure for an electric delivery van. The founders of EVage – Pulkit Srivastava and Harnoor Kaur – along with Inderveer Singh, together take care of the company’s business, digital manufacturing and technology respectively. EVage has been bootstrapped till now and is now getting into their first fundraising activity.

Inderveer Singh – Founder and CEO, Technology and Manufacturing, EVage shares: “We have built it from the ground up and we are looking at a formal launch in the first quarter of 2021. When we began in 2014, the electric mobility supplier ecosystem was missing. It was our conscious decision to make aerospace-inspired structures, and the people in our team are scientists from the international aerospace industry. Understandably, our journey in the last six years has been speckled with issues just like any startup would while trying to develop a product from the scratch. And now we have the vehicle ready.”

EVage’s last and mid-mile delivery vehicles would be 4-wheel commercial delivery vans and mini trucks running in urban environments.

Light and Modular in Design

If ‘Make in India, For the World’ is one differentiating factor for EVage, the other is the ability to offer 3 advantages in the form of light weighting, modularity and manufacturability.

Singh elaborates: “It is not only about going green in transportation. In logistics, decisions are driven by how much value we create for the users. So, the second USP is our ability to offer light-weighting and modularity, which leads to higher number of efficiencies for the fleet operators. Thirdly, our manufacturability is extremely efficient which ensures that we can focus on better economics in the long run.”

He says further: “The automotive industry has no precedence to make vehicles ultra-lightweight, super durable, reliable and also extremely modular in nature. But other industries do, like aerospace. EVs have a simple motor which does everything and it brings great simplicity to the design. This affords us the leeway for modularity, and innovative manufacturing could be done on top of that. We have imparted global standards of engineering, and technology development right here in Chandigarh, India. So, it is a matter of pride for us as a company.”

Disruption – From Physical to Digital Showrooms

Singh feels that one of the biggest disruptions would be in how physical showrooms will give way to digital showrooms when it comes to EVs.

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