Mahesh Babu has taken up a role as chief operating officer of Switch Mobility and chief executive officer of Switch Mobility, India. Babu has more than 25 years of experience in mobility and joins Switch from Mahindra Electric where he was managing director and CEO.
Under his leadership, Mahindra Electric launched six new electric vehicles including three-wheel and four-wheel commercial vehicles as well as software platform, NEMO. One of the key projects under his leadership was India’s first monocoque SUV, the XUV500. He has also been helping to shape future mobility policy in India by delivering electric total cost of ownership solutions through initiatives in passenger vehicles, commercial fleets, and ‘last mile’ mobility. Before joining Mahindra, he previously worked at Ashok Leyland.
Andy Palmer, executive vice chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility, says: “I am delighted to announce this appointment as Mahesh brings over 25 years’ of experience to Switch and his expertise as a CEO and track record as an EV pioneer is well-known. He joins a strong leadership team and I look forward to working with him closely to achieving our ambition to provide net zero carbon van and bus solutions globally and realising our bold sustainability objectives at Switch.”
Babu adds: “Switch Mobility is determined to progress the adoption of zero-carbon transportation and I am pleased to be joining such a driven and distinguished team. The uptake of zero carbon commercial mobility products and solutions globally is both a personal and professional aspiration of mine, and I believe Switch has the capability and the compelling offering to create a leading first-class global electric vehicle company.”