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Pune (India), 14 February 2023 - Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL), a 100 % Indian subsidiary of the Italian Piaggio Group and India’s leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles as well as pioneers in 3-wheeler electric mobility announced the entry of their Apé Electrik vehicles in the Philippines. The electric 3-wheeler vehicles will be manufactured in PVPL’s plant in Baramati (Maharashtra) and exported to the Philippines. The company will be deploying the Apé E-City and Apé E-Xtra vehicles equipped with SUN Mobility’s advanced battery-swapping technology.

The Apé Electrik vehicles will be Philippines’ first electric 3 wheelers, revolutionising the last-mile mobility and the small commercial vehicle industry. The electric 3 wheelers will be available in the Philippines through PHILIPPINERIMEX INC. a subsidiary of Rusco Motors Inc.
Speaking about the milestone, Mr. Diego Graffi, Chairman and Managing Director, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd said, “In 2019, we introduced to India the first 3W EV in the market and now in 2023 we are happy to be the first movers in this segment in the Philippines. For Piaggio Vehicles, entry into the Philippines is a stepping- stone towards accelerating the adoption of EVs across the world and towards a sustainable planet. We see huge export potential to the market and also aim to meaningfully contribute to their EV ambitions.”

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Mr. Ajay Goel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, SUN Mobility, said, “SUN Mobility is the leader in battery swapping for 2 & 3 wheelers in India and has deployed ~300 Swap Points™ in 18 cities across the country, powering over 68 million kms and 3.7 million swaps so far. We are glad to further strengthen our association with Piaggio as we extend our partnership to Philippines. We share the vision of smart, affordable, urban electric mobility and are keen to jointly deploy our solution first in Philippines and rest of S.E. Asia.”

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Piaggio Vehicles pioneered the 3-Wheeler commercial EV industry in India and is now the first auto company to provide EV solutions in 3Ws in the Philippines. Piaggio India, with partner SUN Mobility, aims to spread sustainable electric transportation in the Philippines aided by a battery swapping technology. This technology is aimed at quicker adoption and shorter turnaround times as vehicle and logistics operators will spend less time charging the vehicles and deploying more of their fleet on the road.

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About Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. is a 100% owned subsidiary of the Piaggio Group is India’s leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles as well as pioneers in E3Ws. The Company commenced operations in India in 1999 with the launch of the three-wheeler brand Apé, which was an immediate success and has grown from strength to strength over the years. PVPL created the market, nurtured it, and has sustained a dominant position in the Diesel and Alternate fuel 3-wheeler segments. Piaggio is a leading player in the light transportation industry with a complete range of three-wheelers in Diesel, Petrol, CNG, and LPG variants and has also entered the EV market.

Piaggio Apé E-City - Apé goes electric, India goes electric.

The company’s products are not only endorsed by over 3 million satisfied customers across India but also exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. Piaggio has a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Baramati in Maharashtra, with an installed annual production capacity of over 3,80,000 commercial vehicles and 1,50,000 two-wheelers. It is also self-reliant in some of the engine categories with its advanced engine plant with a capacity of 2,00,000 engines. Piaggio has an over 4,000-strong workforce comprising experienced engineers, R&D specialists, plant workers, sales, service and marketing professionals.



About SUN Mobility. SUN Mobility is a global leader in providing energy services to the transport sector enabling electric vehicles to be refuelled in a faster, cheaper, and more convenient way; thereby helping the mass adoption of electric vehicles globally and transition to a sustainable, pollution-free future possible. Founded in 2017, it is a joint venture between SUN Group and Maini Group, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy. The company is co-founded by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva Electric Car Company now Mahindra Electric, Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group, and Ajay Goel, Co-Founder & Executive Director. In 2019, Bosch acquired stakes in SUN Mobility and has been a strategic partner in accelerating the technological evolution of the company. Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trading organization, is also a strategic investor in the company. SUN Mobility’s energy solution, deployed at Swap Points™, leverages its interoperable battery-swapping technology by means of a Smart Battery, Quick Interchange Station, and Smart Network. The organization is working with fleet operators, shared mobility providers, cities and automotive OEMs across all platforms including 2 & 3 wheelers and buses to challenge the status quo with an economical, scalable, and smarter way forward. SUN Mobility has deployed ~300 Swap Points™ in 18 cities across the country, powering over 68 million kms and over 3.7 million swaps in the country so far.
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(Source: joined press release PVPL and SUN Mobility).