Switch Mobility has provided an update on its progress after celebrating its one-year anniversary on 8 April 2022.
Since its formation in April last year the company has placed 300 vehicles on the road and boasts an order book for over 650 buses, with another 1,200 “in the pipeline”. Collectively they have clocked up some 30 million electric miles.
In that time it has appointed ex-Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer as CEO, expanded to nine locations across three countries and two continents (significantly breaking ground at its Valladolid site, its first in mainland Europe in March) and is set to launch its first 12m electric bus in India this year, while its first 12m European bus, code named Project ODIN, will be formally launched at the European Expo in Paris on 7 June.
Other planned investments include €100m in Spain over the next decade and £300m in the UK and India over the medium term, as part of efforts to become a market leader in the zero-carbon segments. To that end, Switch is believed to be the first global bus manufacturer to be formally certified as a carbon neutral company.
Says CEO Andy Palmer: “I am delighted with the progress we have made over the last 12 months. In a highly competitive sector, Switch has continued to grow, both in profile and in market share, and it is very pleasing that we are increasingly seen as a leading player in the industry.
“The investment interest we have garnered and the quality of partnerships we have formed are testament to that achievement. Our team of talented engineers have developed some of the most innovative vehicles and technologies currently available on the market, which continue to develop at pace. We have started 2022 well, building on last year’s momentum, and have an exciting 12 months ahead with the development of our site in Spain and further product launches, including our latest project at the European Mobility Expo in June, and electric LCVs in India.”