Mercedes-Benz R&D Partners with IISc to Innovate Sustainable mobility

Mercedes-Benz R&D Partners with IISc to Innovate Sustainable mobility
Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) has taken a step forward in its commitment to innovation and sustainable mobility by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for advanced research collaboration. Mercedes-Benz aims to achieve its Ambition 2039, which involves making the entire fleet of new vehicles net carbon-neutral over their entire life cycle and along the entire value chain by 2039. This industry-academia partnership is a significant initiative towards achieving this goal.
The agreement aims to solve global problems locally by facilitating joint research, nurturing talent, and promoting collaborative innovation in sustainable mobility. The partnership will focus on driving engineering transformation and pursuing long-term research-oriented projects. Both organizations will leverage each other's existing capabilities, including infrastructure and academic programs, to achieve this goal.
Manu Saale, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India, said, "Leading industry players, premier academic institutions, and India's world-class talent are poised to lead the EV revolution today. Collaborations that help bridge the gap between industry and academia can enable the scientific research community to offer cutting-edge innovation that meets the industry's and customers' evolving demands. We are excited at the possibilities of working closely with the Indian Institute of Science and look forward to bringing the best of Indian engineering research to the global stage".
Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Science, said, "We look forward to collaborating with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India in the area of sustainable mobility and electric vehicles. Research and innovation in this area promote energy independence and create economic opportunities. The partnership reinforces our commitment to strengthen industry-academia engagements that can make a significant impact in the coming years".
The Foundation for Science Innovation and Development (FSID) will be responsible for handling IISc's engagements with the industry and will aid in accessing IISc's vast knowledge base and resources. The two-year agreement also covers an exchange of information, teaching materials, scientific and technological publications, collaboration to seek joint funding opportunities for publishing papers, generating and safeguarding intellectual property, and sponsoring research.