Tata Technologies, a global engineering services provider, announced a close association with NIO China in the complete product development process of NIO’s range of electric vehicles. The association between the two companies began with collaborative engineering for NIO’s first electric all-aluminum vehicle, the ES8, which NIO intends to be its first product positioned in the Chinese EV mass market.
The two companies initiated their association in mid-2015, very close to NIO’s inception as an ambitious next-gen EV startup. Since then, Tata Technologies has engaged with NIO to drive major engineering aspects related to the development of ES8, such as body structures, closures & exteriors, advanced manufacturing engineering, PLM (product lifecycle management), and off-car connectivity.
NIO and Tata Technologies have worked on a range of concepts on weight optimization using advanced materials. The team has also worked on creating a process that would pioneer the way for more advanced-material-based vehicles in China. The result of implementing such expertise is that the ES8 is currently achieving body weight efficiency targets better than the EuroCarBody Conference best.
The association has also achieved significant technological milestones in the PLM domain. The team successfully led and implemented the 3DEXPERIENCE 2016x (Dassault Systèmes) solution. It was delivered by Tata Technologies’ global talent and is another first in the next-gen EV Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) landscape, enabling engineers to accelerate the product development lifecycle through concurrent engineering.