Mahesh Babu, former CEO of Mahindra Electric, joins Ashok Leyland's EV unit


Mahesh Babu, the former Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra Electric, has been named CEO of Ashok Leyland's electric vehicle company Switch Mobility.

Babu, who is also the CEO of Switch Mobility, left Mahindra Electric in the middle of July. Mahindra Electric launched six new electric vehicles under Babu's direction, including 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler commercial vehicles, as well as the NEMO software platform.

Switch Mobility is a company that makes electric buses and light commercial vehicles. Switch was formed in 2020 from the electric vehicle parts of Ashok Leyland and Optare, a UK-based bus manufacturer. Switch delivered the first British-built, pure electric buses to London's roads in 2014, and has since deployed 280 EVs on the road in existing and developing markets, clocking over 26 million electric miles.

In another development, Nitin Seth, Chief Operating Officer of Ashok Leyland has served his resignation. Seth had been with the company for eleven years and has decided to move in pursuit of an alternate career outside of Ashok Leyland. Vipin Sondhi, MD and CEO, Ashok Leyland said, “Nitin has been a core member of the leadership team at Ashok Leyland. The company has a strong bandwidth of leaders and we will continue to pursue our growth ambitions in all businesses as planned.”

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