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Hero Cycles, Yamaha & Mitsui join hands on the electric bicycle journey New Delhi: Global cycling manufacturer Hero Cycles, which recently entered into the electric bicycle segment, has entered into a strategic alliance with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. of Japan for technology, manufacturing & marketing of Hero electric bicycle powered by Yamaha electric drive unit.

The announcement was done at Yamaha Motors headquarters in Iwata, Japan by Hero Motors Company (HMC) Chairman Pankaj M Munjal, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Executive General Manager SPV Business Unit Mitsuyoshi Sunakawa and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. General Manager Third Motor Vehicles Div. Yuji Tokunaga.

“The partnership has been formed with a forward looking plan which includes development of new e-mobility products jointly by Hero and Yamaha, with go-to-market sales, distribution & marketing support by Mitsui & Co., Ltd.”, says Munjal.

The first product for India to roll out from this alliance would be a high-end E-MTB, which is the same segment that has seen the fastest growth in Europe in the last year.

The announcement comes in the wake of other initiatives recently announced by Hero Cycles, amongst which the “Cycle Valley” project which is proposed to be set up in Ludhiana and serve as a hub for end-to-end supply chain of the bicycle industry. The Cycle Valley would be led by Hero Cycles as the anchor investor and will create an ecosystem of suppliers in joint ventures with global bicycle component makers.

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