LEAN MANUFACTURING APPROACH

The AZU e-bus has been designed with lean manufacturing principles. Simple low investment processes such as roll-forming and spot welding have been selected. This results in minimizing capital investment in electric vehicles manufacturing assembly processes.

This enables the production to be distributed among a number of regional micro-factories, an approach that is readily scalable. The absence of paint booths and bake ovens makes the process eco-friendly and significantly reduces investment cost. No waste product disposal required.

Cost studies performed by IBIS Associates, an independent firm, indicate that the special alloy structure is less expensive than conventional steel construction. The cost of batteries is reduced considerably as a result of lower mass of the vehicle. Capital investment is low enough to allow distributed manufacturing in “micro-factories”. These also serve as regional maintenance facilities.