Zero-carbon Mobility for All

Switch Mobility

Switch Mobility

Office: Mumbai

Global powerhouse Hinduja Group owned two mobility brands 鈥 Ashok Leyland, India鈥檚 leading commercial vehicle brand and Optare, the maker of London鈥檚 iconic double-decker buses. In line with their global ambition and strategy, Ashok Leyland would focus on their core business of diesel-powered vehicles alternate fuels, while Optare would focus on and build the group鈥檚 EV operations. Optare, given its historic association with diesel-powered buses, needed to be rebranded for this new reality.

Delving deep into the authenticity and strengths of both, Ashok Leyland and Optare, we realized that a combination of the two presented the best of both worlds: cutting-edge research and product development capabilities in Europe, and the reach and trust in a large part of the developing world 鈥 the 鈥榞lobal south鈥, so to speak. The fact that the new brand would leverage both these made for a compelling argument. In creating the brand narrative, we leveraged an important insight: that a real difference in the fight against climate change would be impractical without the active participation of the global south. This became the basis for the brand proposition: democratizing zero-carbon mobility for the good of the planet.

The name, Switch, played at two levels 鈥 while overtly signaling electric mobility, it also subliminally encouraged the world to 鈥榮witch鈥 to cleaner means of transport.

The core proposition of the brand 鈥 democratization 鈥 was visually represented as the mathematical symbol for 鈥渆qual鈥. This became a core part of the identity and the design language. 

The new brand was announced in November 2021 alongside Ohm 鈥 a global e-Mobility as a Service (eMaas) brand that 厂妹视频 created in tandem with Switch 鈥 to offer a complete carbon-neutral mobility solution to the world. Since its launch, Switch has since made rapid strides, introducing a flurry of new products and services and changing the face of public transport in India and the world.

At Switch Mobility, we embrace the ethos of a start-up and enjoy the legacies of intellectual property, borne from more than a decade of technical expertise and engineering experience, that is already revenue-generating and delivering for our customers.

鈥 Andy Palmer, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Switch Mobility