Construction Work of Bangladesh’s First Electric Vehicle Plant Begins

Construction work on Bangladesh’s first electric vehicle manufacturing plant has started in Chattogram’s Mirsarai upazila with an initial investment of $200 million. Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA), laid the foundation stone of the plant in Mirsarai economic zone.

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Local automobile company Bangladesh Auto Industries Ltd (BAIL) will for the first time bring electric vehicles manufactured locally at the country’s market within July next year, BAIL Chairman A Mannan Khan said while addressing the inauguration program.

The facilities, civil work and utility connection of the proposed plant on a 100-acre of land at the Mirsarai economic zone will be completed by December this year, according to BAIL’s Managing Director Mir Masud Kabir.

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BAIL will manufacture two-wheelers, three-wheelers, sedan, hatchback and sport utility vehicle (SUV) and has plans to produce pick-ups, mini-trucks and multipurpose vehicles. The said plant will manufacture almost 60% of the component of the vehicles, including lithium battery, motor, controller, software platform, chassis and body.

An electric vehicle (EV) uses chemical energy stored in efficient and environment-friendly rechargeable lithium ion battery packs instead of fossil fuel to propel it. Internationally acclaimed designers have designed the initial Electric Vehicle for BAIL.

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