My first impression as I step onto the plant floor is that it’s a happy place to work in. Three out of the four walls are covered in large panes of translucent glass and given Bengaluru’s salubrious climate, the large doors on both sides are always open bringing in loads of fresh air and sunlight with the former being changed 16 times an hour using a gravity ventilation system.
The plant floor has been divided into multiple sections and the car is moved from point to point during the assembly process. The plant basically assembles the car from pre-fabricated structures, which means that the noise is kept down to a minimum. The loudest thing that I could hear was the pneumatic guns in action when the tiny wheels of the e2o were being fitted onto the body.
All work is done by hand, so there are always people on the floor making a professional but sociable environment to work in and that I believe is something that goes well with all the philosophies that Chetan dreamed off when he created the plant.
One of the features that our guide boasted to me about was the fact that Chetan Maini was against the idea of a paint shop on the plant premises. Thus each of panels that make up the e2o are, as the company likes to call it, pre-impregnated. This basically means they arrive already painted from the manufacturer eliminating the need for an environmentally adverse paint shop.
There is no manufacturing of any kind on the plant premises and so the car is assembled from prefabricated pieces and structures. They snake along a 16-stage assembly line where various parts are fitted onto the chassis. The body of this electric serpent stretches from the front entrance to the other side which opens out onto the test ground and backyard.