E-Vehicles

India’s electric vehicle revolution is stuck at 25kmph and Ather’s plan is for faster scooters

The Indian automobile industry hit one of the lowest points in its history in the 2019-20 financial year. Struggling to improve customer sentiment while demand for new cars dropped significantly, the Indian automotive industry saw their sales plummet in the last 15 months. However, it seemed customers interested in electric vehicles didn’t hesitate much. The Indian EV industry grew by 20% in the last fiscal. The sales for electric vehicles grew from 1,30,000 units to 1,56,000 of which 1,52,000 units of them came from the electric two-wheeler segment alone. Read More…

Shared by: Paul; Dated- 04/24/2020

Rising Purchase of Two-Wheelers Pushes India’s EV Sales Up by 20% in FY 2019-20

The sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country went up by 20% in 2019-20. The EV industry sold 156,000 electric vehicles in the financial year (FY) 2019-20. Out of the total, 152,000 were two-wheelers, 3,400 cars, and 600 buses, according to the Society of Manufacturers of Electric vehicles (SMEV). However, in FY2018-19, 126,000 two-wheelers, 3,600 cars, and approximately 400 buses were sold totaling 130,000 units. The increase of 20% has mostly come from electric two-wheelers. Read More…

Shared by: Paul; Dated- 04/23/2020

EESL Seeks Service Providers for EV Fleet Management in Jharkhand

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids from management agencies for the deployment of its electric cars to various government organizations and public sector undertakings (PSUs) on lease and rental models in Jharkhand. Jharkhand had earlier an e-mobility program in partnership with EESL. The Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) had signed an agreement with EESL for the deployment of 50 electric vehicles at various JBVNL offices in Ranchi. Read More…

Shared by: Paul; Dated- 03/16/2020

Elon Musk says Tesla has now produced 1 million electric vehicles

Tesla has produced 1 million electric vehicles, according to the firm’s CEO Elon Musk, who congratulated the “Tesla team” on the milestone via a tweet. News of the landmark figure came after Tesla shares dropped by over 13% yesterday, amid continuing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak and a steep drop in oil prices. The Nasdaq Composite index, on which Tesla is listed, fell 7.3 percent on the day. In extended hours trading Tuesday, Tesla shares were over 10% higher. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 03/12/2020

Coronavirus poses threat to China’s electric vehicle goals

Two months ago, the head of Chinese electric vehicle start-up Xpeng was feeling upbeat about China’s progress in switching away from fuel-burning cars. Tesla had given a fillip to Chinese consumer enthusiasm for electric vehicles with the launch of production in Shanghai, and a rollback of government subsidies had thinned competition by pushing out some of the weaker players, said He Xiaopeng, Xpeng’s chairman. At his headquarters in Guangzhou, he told the Financial Times that 2021 would be a “turning point” for battery-powered vehicles going mainstream. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 03/12/2020

Toyota  to replicate Maruti Suzuki India’s ‘low cost’ model

Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. are exploring ways to expand their partnership in India beyond vehicle development to include joint sourcing of components as part of a strategy to cut costs, especially for their full hybrid offerings, said two people aware of the development requesting anonymity. As part of the exercise, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd (TKM) is likely to tap several suppliers of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSI) for some of its new models such as the upgrade or replacement of Innova Crysta multi-purpose vehicle slated for launch in 2021-22. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 03/09/2020

Delhi’s inventive answer to the electric car

The sleek Dwarka metro station towers against the industrial landscape of Delhi, a busy stop on the city’s modern train network, which moves millions of people every day. Just outside, the road is bustling with rickshaws, ready to drive passengers to their next stop for as little as 20 rupees (21p). Moving on three wheels is a popular way of navigating the Indian capital and other major cities, where huge traffic jams mean you can get stuck at any point of the journey if you are traveling by car. Read More…

Shared by: Paul; Dated- 03/05/2020

Maharashtra: Thanks to solar panels, these e-cars get charged even as they are driven

The 200-metre stretch in front of VNIT’s hostel block No 2 represented a makeshift automobile workshop with around 12 shamiana given to as many teams participating from across the country. Some team members remained on standby with tools as others took their solar-assisted car prototype for yet another assessment which comprises checking fitness of the vehicle on several parameters on the campus. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 03/03/2020

Supreme Court Keen to Interact with Environment Minister on EV Transition

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday expressed its keenness to interact with the Union Environment Minister to deal with the issue of gradual transition of all public transport and government vehicles into electric vehicles (EVs) to curb air pollution. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde enquired from Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni as to whether the minister can come over for interaction to assist this court. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 02/21/2020

Bengaluru EV startup to convert kirana stores into EV charging stations

Bengaluru based EV Startup “FAE Bikes” launched “Kirana Charzer”, a low-cost, smart EV charging station costing just Rs 10,000 focused on enabling small shops and individuals to install their own charging stations and earn additional income. The startup launched the charging station at MOVE 2020 which happened at Excel International Convention Center, London on February 11-12. Kirana Charzer is a compact, zero-maintenance and IoT enabled charging station which they are providing at a subsidized price of Rs 10,000. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 02/19/2020

Avis India Partners With quikk India for Electric Vehicle Fleet

Avis India has announced that it has formed a partnership with quikk India on February 17, 2019, to offer corporate electric mobility services which will include an EV fleet and access to robust charging infrastructure. As the company claims, under the partnership, Avis India and quikk India have developed an innovative, integrated AI-based model that combines transportation services along with access to robust charging infrastructure, at costs broadly comparable with those of current ICE vehicles. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 02/19/2020

Global EV Component Market to Reach $157.4 Bn by 2025: Report

With the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) demand worldwide, the production of related components is set to get a boost. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the global electric vehicle component market is projected to reach USD 157.4 billion by 2025 from USD 22.2 billion in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.4 percent during the forecast period of 2019 to 2024. When a component is taken into consideration, the report added, the EV component market is categorised into battery pack, controller, electric vehicle supply equipment, high-voltage cable, thermal management system, motor, DC-DC converter, power distribution module, and vehicle interface control module. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 02/18/2020

Tata Power plans to have 700 EV charging stations by 2021

Tata Power is planning to increase its network of electric vehicle charging stations to 700 by next year, a top company official said. The company has already installed 100 fast charging stations in various cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, which it plans to take to 300 by March 2020. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 02/18/2020

Two and three-wheelers to power electric vehicles revolution 

Adaptation of electric mobility in India will be more robust in the two-wheeler and three-wheeler segments, while share of electric vehicles (EVs) in the four-wheeler space is expected to remain low in the next five years, according to a report by CRISIL Research. The report estimates that electric two-and three-wheelers, which already enjoy better cost economics compared to their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts, will continue to zoom ahead and by FY2024, the EV penetration is expected to improve by 12-17 per cent of new vehicle sales for electric-two-wheelers and a whopping 43-48 per cent for electric-autos. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 02/15/2020

Two and three-wheelers to power electric vehicles revolution 

Adaptation of electric mobility in India will be more robust in the two-wheeler and three-wheeler segments, while share of electric vehicles (EVs) in the four-wheeler space is expected to remain low in the next five years, according to a report by CRISIL Research. The report estimates that electric two-and three-wheelers, which already enjoy better cost economics compared to their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts, will continue to zoom ahead and by FY2024, the EV penetration is expected to improve by 12-17 per cent of new vehicle sales for electric-two-wheelers and a whopping 43-48 per cent for electric-autos. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 02/14/2020

Lapp Mobility eyes entering Indian EV charging market

Lapp Mobility, a 100% subsidiary of Lapp Group of Germany and a leading supplier of integrated solutions and branded products, including cables for the global electric vehicles (EV) charging infrastructure, has initiated talks with India OEMs and charging infrastructure providers to explore the possibility of entering the Indian market. The company’s top brass recently visited India and were evaluating the prospects of laying a distribution channel along with Lapp India which has been manufacturing and selling power cables in India for decades. Read More…

Shared by: David; Dated- 02/13/2020

West Bengal to set up Solar Projects on Depot Roofs to Charge EVs

The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) is set to generate power through solar panels on depot roofs to recharge its electric vehicles (EVs). The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) has conducted a study and found significant savings in annual electricity bills. In a study at the WBTC Kasba depot, TERI found highly feasible strategies for electrification of public transport in Kolkata by powering the charging stations at major WBTC depots through solar energy. The actual site survey and measurements of power consumption patterns were performed as part of the study. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 02/11/2020

Tata Motors looking to set up exclusive outlets for EV portfolio

Tata Motors is actively looking to set up exclusive outlets for its electric vehicle portfolio but has not yet taken a final call over the issue, a top company official said on Wednesday. The home-grown auto major recently ventured into the personal electric mobility space with the launch of the electric version of its most-selling compact Sedan Nexon recently. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 02/07/2020

M&M looking for a partner to help charge up electric dreams

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M), India’s largest electric vehicle maker by sales volume, is exploring partnerships with global manufacturers to jointly develop electric vehicles and their powertrains, managing director Pawan Goenka said. This will include a potential stake sale in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mahindra Electric, Goenka said in an interview on Thursday. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 02/07/2020

Mahindra Electric to start EV powertrain exports this year

Mahindra Electric will supply electric vehicle (EV) powertrains to South Korea and European markets from this year, its chief executive Mahesh Babu said. The company has already partnered with SsangYong Motors in Korea. “We are looking for partners in Europe,” Babu added. The powertrains are being manufactured in the Bengaluru and Chakan plants. Read More…

Shared by: David; Dated- 02/04/2020

BPCL forays into swappable lithium ion battery supply for electric vehicles

Eyeing opportunities in the wake of disruption expected from electric vehicles, oil major Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited on Monday launched ‘e-drive initiative’ an electric three-wheeler mobility model. Partnering with electric vehicle-maker Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions and IIT Madras for technology support, the public sector oil marketing giant brought on stream a supply of swappable lithium-ion batteries at its retail outlets in Kochi and Lucknow in the first phase for electric three-wheelers. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 02/04/2020

EESL Signs MoU With BHEL to set up Public EV Charging Network Across India

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under Ministry of Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), one of the largest engineering and manufacturing enterprises in India to set up a network of Public Charging Infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) at various highways across the country. EESL & BHEL will jointly explore opportunities in the field of e-mobility and fast-track the adoption of EVs in the country under the Government of India’s National E-Mobility Programme. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 01/31/2020

Tata Motors Eyeing Leadership Position in EV Segment

Tata Motors aims to establish itself as the leader in the electric vehicle (EV) segment in the country as it looks to roll out new products for both private and fleet segments, a senior company official has said. The company, which sells its Tigor EV primarily to fleet customers, is now gearing up to cater to the personal segment with the introduction of the electric version of compact SUV Nexon EV which comes with a range of over 300 km. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 01/28/2020

MG Motor India Launches ZS EV, India’s First Electric Internet SUV

MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has launched the much-awaited ZS EV, India’s first pure electric internet SUV, at an inaugural price starting at Rs 19.88 lakh, for customers who have booked the car before midnight on 17th January 2020. The ZS EV Excite is now available for INR 20.88 lakh while ZS EV Exclusive is available for INR 23.58 lakh. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 01/24/2020

Bengaluru: BMTC to procure only electric vehicles from 2022

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will procure only electric buses from 2022. Speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Sustainable and green transport in Bengaluru’ under the sustainable mobility for Bengaluru initiative organized by B.PAC and Uber on Monday, BMTC managing director C Shikha said: “We are looking at converting all our fleet into EV by 2030 and to achieve this target we will start procuring only EVs from 2022. BMTC is procuring 300 EVs under FAME II-this year and 500 more for the next financial year. 90 EV feeder buses tender is out under the smart city fund. We are setting up four charging stations at our bus depots.” Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 01/23/2020

Govt to invite bids for reallocation of subsidy for 2,000 e-buses in February

The Centre will invite proposals from state transport departments for reallocation of central subsidy for 2,000 electric buses under its Fame II scheme to promote electric mobility, but will not allow participation of cities that defaulted in the first round, people aware of the development said. The government is expected to issue an expression of interest next month under the ongoing second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (Fame India), but it is likely to be open to only state utilities that have awarded tenders or are close to award tenders as per the scheme, they said. Read More…

Shared by: Amit; Dated- 01/23/2020

Mahindra Electric and Lithium Urban Technologies announce achieving 100 million e-kilometers

Mahindra Electric, a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group and Bangalore-based electric vehicles (EV) fleet operator Lithium Urban Technologies today announced their partnership has clocked 100 million electric kilometers (e-kms) with over 500 Mahindra EVs running more than 100,000 e-kms. Mahindra has so far sold around 30,000 electric vehicles. “Our partnership is aimed at increasing the large scale adoption of EVs and expanding portfolio in 3 Wheelers and 4 wheelers category. We want to focus much more on the shared mobility within 150 km range and not on personal mobility,” Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra said. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 01/15/2020

Electric Vehicles: ABB, Ashok Leyland join hands to develop flash-charging bus

Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland and ABBPower Products today signed a pact to develop a pilot electric bus based on flash-charge technology which allows charging of the battery within seconds. The technology helps avoid the need to pull the e-vehicle out of service for recharging every few hours thereby minimizing the size of the fleet while increasing passenger carrying capacity. Read More…

Shared by: Amit; Dated- 01/10/2020

Hyundai and Uber Announce Plans for Electric Air Taxis at CES

Uber and Hyundai Motor Company have announced a new partnership to develop electric Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Hyundai is the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative, bringing automotive-scale manufacturing capability and a track record of mass-producing electric vehicles. The air vehicle concept Hyundai released was created in part through Uber’s open design process, a NASA-inspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies. Read More…

Shared by: Paul; Dated- 01/08/2020

Telangana: Roadmap on 138 EV charging stations in a week

With the Central government approving 138 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for the State, the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TSREDCO) has begun formulating procedures for the selection and execution of setting up these stations. The TSREDCO, the nodal agency for executing the programme in the State, which had proposed over 200 such EV charging stations in the -HMDA-ORR area besides Karimnagar and Warangal cities, said it has to get the final order from the government. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 01/08/2020

We’ll likely see a few electric vehicles on every street by the end of this decade

Compared with more than a century of gas-powered cars, we’re still in our electric youth. Electric-vehicle (EV) sales won’t likely surge ahead of their gas counterparts any time soon, but in the 2020s, expect to see a lot more EVs in your neighbourhood. As of the third quarter of 2019, which ended Oct. 31, EVs – including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and a handful of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles – counted for 3.5 per cent of total passenger vehicle sales in Canada. Read More…

Shared by: David; Dated- 01/02/2020

Tesla Says Shanghai Gigafactory Already Producing 1,000 Model 3s Per Week

Tesla has previously said it plans to begin volume deliveries of the Shanghai-made Model 3 in earnest before the 2020 Spring Festival starting from 24th January. If the 1,000 units per week is already a sustained rate of production, and gradually climbing, Q1 2020 should see at least 12,000 Shanghai-made Model 3s delivered to customers. My guess is that 20,000+ deliveries may be possible in Q1 if adequate supply of cells and motors can be lined up. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 12/31/2019

Can Hybrid Vehicles Make A Difference As India Awaits EVs?

With climate change and environmental consciousness at its peak, electric mobility or green mobility has become the need of the hour to make a difference in the fight against climate change and air pollution. When it comes to emobility, it is not just about electric vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are being seen as a temporary way to bridge the gap between traditional vehicles and EVs. And for a country like India where EV charging infrastructure is still not created, hybrid vehicles can make a difference in the short to medium term. Read More..

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 12/30/2019

The next wave of electric vehicles will appear in 2020

Electric vehicles have been helping Americans get around for more than a hundred years. At the start of the 20th century, a third of the vehicles on the road were battery powered. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the sports car company that still bears his name, was among the first to develop an electric vehicle, debuting the P1 in 1898. Even Henry Ford dabbled with the technology in the early 1900s. Then again, it was also his mass-produced Model T that decimated demand for EVs in the first place. Read More…

Shared by: Adam; Dated- 12/30/2019

Nagpur Municipal Corporation Tenders for 40 Electric Buses

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for the selection of bus operators for the procurement of fully built pure electric buses and allied electrical and civil infrastructure on the gross contract (GCC) basis for 40 MIDI electric buses. The scope of work for the selected bidders will include the procurement and further the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the electric buses. Read More…

Shared by: Adam; Dated- 12/27/2019

Delhi rolls out electric vehicle policy; targets 5 lakh EV registrations by 2024

Delhi government aims to register at least 5 lakh electric vehicles by 2024 in order to reduce air pollution in the national capital region, announced Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. In its bid to promote the electric vehicles, the Delhi Government has passed the EV policy. These electric vehicles will mostly include two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, said Delhi CM. According to the report, Kejriwal also said that the Delhi government’s aim is to register at least 25 per cent electric vehicles by 2024. Read More…

Shared by: David; Dated- 12/26/2019

Ahmedabad: Electric scooter ready for roll-out

Soon you will be able to whisk your way at tourist spots, college campuses and townships with the wind blowing on your face, facing the morning sun as you commute 25-30km on a single charge using an electric kick-start scooter. The scooter is developed by a start-up incubated by Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC), was launched on Tuesday. The vehicles are meant for rental-based electric transportation and Gujarat University shall be the first campus in South Asia to implement such technology, mentions a press statement by GUSEC. Read More…

Shared by: Amit; Dated- 12/26/2019

Delhi Cabinet approves Electric Vehicle Policy

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the Electric Vehicle Policy with an aim to check vehicular pollution in the national capital. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi government estimates that 5 lakh electric vehicles will be registered in the next five years. “It will result in saving Rs 6,000 crore on fuel expenditure,” he said. Read More…

Shared by: Paul; Dated- 12/24/2019

Tata Motors Announces the Launch of Electric SUV – Nexon EV

Tata Motors has announced Nexon EV, its first long-range electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the country, and has scheduled it to be launched in January 2020. The electric vehicle, priced between ₹1.5-₹1.7 million (~$21,102-23,916) for different variants, is powered by a 129 PS (Pferdestärke)or 127.2 brake horsepower (BHP) permanent-magnet AC motor with a high capacity 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and is expected to provide a driving range of over 300 kilometer on a single charge. Read More…

Shared by: Manan; Dated- 24/12/2019

Google Maps now leads you to the right EV charging station for your car

For over a year now, Google Maps has had the functionality to search for electric vehicle (EV) charging points, which not only allows EV owners to locate stations for juicing up their rides, but also provides them information related to the type and capacity of the charger available. Furthering the convenience, the California-based tech giant has now introduced a feature that enables users to specifically narrow down the search for the type of chargers compatible with their EV. Searching for related terms (such as “electric vehicle charging stations”) in the Google Maps app now prompts users to choose the type of plug compatible with their vehicles and shows results accordingly. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 21/12/2019

Hyundai Begins Feasibility Study for Fuel Cell EVs in India

Hyundai Motor India has announced that the firm has initiated a feasibility study to bring in fuel cell electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. “Progress for humanity with zero-emission mobility is our responsibility and vision to make a long term positive transformation for our future generations,” Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) Managing Director and CEO SS Kim said in a statement. The company has initiated a feasibility study for fuel cell electric vehicles in the country and promises to be a solution with zero emissions, he added. Read More…

Shared by: Vikram; Dated- 12/10/2019

Delta Electronics India’s new EV charging solutions to make public charging efficient: Here’s how

Delta Electronics India today inaugurated its state-of-the-art E-Mobility Tech Experience Centre. The centre is said to be a concept that can provide a standardised platform for the industry that will have the ability to support all kinds of configurations and ratings for electric vehicle charging in India. The concept aims to strengthen EV charging infrastructure in India moving forward and accelerate electric vehicle adoption in India. Read More…

Shared by: Samantha; Dated- 12/04/2019

Hyundai Motor eyes thrust on electric vehicles in $52 bn investment plan

Hyundai Motor plans to invest about 61.1 trillion won ($51.81 billion) between 2020 and 2025, the company said on Wednesday, with a third of the expenditure focused on electric and autonomous vehicles, but analysts want to see it deliver. The South Korean car maker unveiled a “Strategy 2025” roadmap that envisages annual average spending of 10 trillion won, exceeding that of previous years, and up from a 2018 figure of 6.1 trillion won. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 12/04/2019

EESL to install 75 EV charging stations for South Delhi Municipal Corporation

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under India’s Ministry of Power, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), a civic body under Municipal Corporation of Delhi, to establish electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in SDMC area over a 10-year period. The charging stations will be installed in around 75 locations, which shall be selected through joint survey by both parties. The total number of locations may increase or decrease, and include multi-level parking locations as well. Read More…

Shared by: Sachin; Dated- 11/27/2019

BSES discoms and Ola Electric Mobility to set up battery swapping stations in the city

BSESpower discoms – BYPL and BRPL – will set up battery swapping stations in the city for two and three wheelers in collaboration with Ola Electric Mobility, officials said on Monday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed recently between the BSES discoms and Ola Electric Mobility for setting up battery swapping stations at identified locations in south, west, central and east Delhi areas, a BSES spokesperson said. Co-founder of Ola Electric Mobility, Ankit Jain said the agreement will augment company’s efforts for laying a strong foundation to enable smooth functioning of Electric Vehicles (EVs) across the country by creating a widespread network of charging solutions that vehicle owners and operators can rely on. Read More…

Shared by: Chandan; Dated- 11/25/2019

Creating Demand For Electric Vehicles Is Industry’s Responsibility: Bajaj Chief

According to a recent report published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Ola Electric institute, India has the potential to become the largest electric vehicle (EV) market in the world. Moreover, the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) is heavily dependent on the availability of charging infrastructure of the country which is often considered as the responsibility of the government. However, two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto’s top executive believes that the creation of demand for EVs and its adoption is squarely the job of the vehicle manufacturers. Read More…

Shared by: Damusandy; Dated- 11/25/2019

BMW Group Considering To Bring An Electric Mini To India

Electric cars are an integral part of the long term plans of almost all prominent automakers and many are considering bringing it to India as well. After vehicles like the Audi e-Tron, Mercedes EQC, Jaguar I-Pace and now the Ford Mustang Mach-E have created a buzz, BMW is planning to catch up as well but this time with its Mini brand. According to an ET Auto report, BMW Group is now looking into the possibility of launching an electric car under the Mini brand in India. Read More…

Shared by: Adam; Dated- 11/24/2019

Urban India will soon have at least one EV charging station every 3 km

The government is going full throttle in its efforts to realise the ambition of making India an electric vehicle hub by 2030. In the first phase of Electric Vehicles (EV) rollout plan, the power ministry is targetting 4 billion-plus population cities under the EV policy initiative. It plans to cover all the state capitals, union territories, major highways and key cities under the second phase. “In a grid of 3-by-3 kilometere (km), atleast one public charging station will be set up in urban areas. For the highways, atleast one fast charging station is planned for every 100 kms,” ministry’s joint secretary Vivek Kumar Dewangan said at an industry event here. Read More…

MG Motor and Fortum to Install First Public 50 kW DC Fast Charging Station in Gurugram

MG (Morris Garages) Motor India and Fortum Charge & Drive India today unveiled the first 50 kW DC charging station at MG’s flagship showroom at Gurugram. The charging station has been installed by Finland-based clean energy major Fortum and was today operationalised for public use, ahead of the launch of MG Motor’s first pure electric car – the MG ZS EV, in December 2019. Under the partnership, starting with the national capital, Fortum has installed four public 50 kW fast-charging stations in South Delhi, West Delhi, Noida & Gurugram. Besides, six more public 50 KW DC fast chargers have been installed at MG’s Dealer locations in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Read More…

Delhi pollution: Supreme Court proposes hydrogen fuel vehicles; industry disposes

The Supreme Court’s suggestion to look at hydrogen fuel vehicles as panacea to the problem of air pollution in India has met with a sceptical response from industry as well as civil society. Globally, unlike electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel vehicles are still being tested on quality and efficiency parameters and not used on a commercial basis on a large scale. Even in markets like China, Japan and South Korea that are taking a lead in the development of the technology, sales have been negligible. China, a market of 28 million units annually, has less than 1500 units of hydrogen vehicles on the road today. Japan and Korea have about 3400 and 900 respectively. Read More…

EESL slashes EV order by 70% to just 3k on Andhra Pradesh’s cancellation of order

The Central government’s electric programme initiative EESL has scaled down its electric car order by a whopping 70 percent to 3,000 units and blamed its largest customer Andhra for the crisis as the present Jaganmohan Reddy government has cancelled the orders placed by the previous Chandrababu Naidu administration. Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) had in 2017 placed orders for 10,000 electric sedans from Tata Motors (Tigor) and Mahindra (Verito) after a lengthy bidding process by March 2019. However, due to subdued demand and certain issues pertaining to their range, the timeline for supply was later extended to March 2020. Read More…

Will Hero Electric’s #CodeGreen Campaign Encourage EV Adoption in India?

A flagship company of the Hero Eco Group, Hero Electric this week announced a new initiative called #CodeGreen, a campaign that encourages consumers to buy electric vehicles, educates them and also raises awareness about the pressing problem of air pollution in India. With the recent odd-even rule in Delhi, Hero Electric believes that this initiative will encourage citizens to play a vital role in tackling the air pollution menace in the country. Read More…

Taking careful approach towards EVs in India: Mercedes-Benz

German luxury car-maker Mercedes-Benz India was taking a careful approach on the launch of electric vehicles in the country as the EV industry was still in its nascent stage, a top official of the company said on Thursday. “I think with electric vehicles, we will see some development. We are seeing some market announcements. Already, we have seen slow entries (in launch of electric vehicles),” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Martin Schwenk said here. Read More…

Centre to increase EV charging points with German fund

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday pledging to invest 1 billion euros over next five years on environmentally friendly urban mobility in India, the Central government is planning to use a major part of the fund to increase the number of charging points for electric vehicles across the country and to replace diesel buses with electric buses.“Many auto companies have shown enthusiasm over the electric mobility plan of the government. However, electric charging points are a challenge. We will use the fund to set up EV charging stations and to replace diesel buses with electric ones,” said senior official from the Ministry of Heavy Industries. Read More…

How This Mumbai-Based Startup Is Using AI/ML To Improve Lithium-Ion Battery Life

The global power battery management system (BMS) market is predicted to touch $6,564.6 million at a 10% CAGR over the forecast period (2017-2023). In India, government policies, advancements in renewable energy and various other relevant factors are playing a major role in accelerating the transition to the all-electric future. With such a vision, Mumbai-based startup ION Energy is utilising artificial intelligence and machine learning to build technologies that improve the life and performance of lithium-ion batteries which power electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Read More…

Hybrids gaining ground in China amidst slumping EV sales

Chinese new-vehicle market is undergoing a major shift as the demand for hybrid vehicles is rising steadily, compared to EVs whose sales have dampened after the government is set to phase out subsidies for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid models by the end of 2020, reveals a media report. Petrol hybrids are aiming to grab more market share as the Chinese government has slashed more than 60 per cent subsidies for the EVs and halved the incentives for plug-in hybrids between April – June. The decision has clearly reflected in EV sales which have taken a plunge in the last three months. Read More…

How India can enable e-mobility solutions

The last few months have been most critical in terms of our plan to transition to an electrified future for mobility. The introduction of Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle II (FAME) and proposed deadlines mandating faster adoption has created a sense of urgency. The conversations and interest in electric vehicles are not new. For more than a decade, several companies have been conducting intensive R&D in this space. However, recent government policies and increased public awareness have created an enabling atmosphere for innovation. Read More…

Bhopal: 100 acre EV Park on the anvil

MP authorities will allocate 100 acres of land for creating Electrical Automobile Parks with plug and play infrastructure, widespread amenities and 24X7 energy provide. Builders of Auto Clusters and Automotive Suppliers Manufacturing Centres particular to EVs (electrical autos) shall be offered monetary help of 50% of mounted capital investments in constructing and customary infrastructure, as much as a most of Rs 20 crore. Read More…

Racing towards a future of electric cars

The 20-year-old, who is pursuing a diploma in energy systems and management at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), said his love for cars started at 14, when he helped his father restore two cars. He told The New Paper: “We assembled the bodywork and serviced the engine of a 1985 Toyota Land cruiser LJ and a 1990s Suzuki Vitara.” Thus, when the opportunity to design and build a working electric race car arose, Mr Wee, who is also passionate about climate change, jumped at the chance. Together with six SP friends, Mr Wee took part in the Greenpower International Race held in the United Kingdom on Oct 17. Read More…

Electric Vehicle Chargers Evolving and Future Proofing

The nice part of owning an electric vehicle is that you never have to stop at gas stations (unless it’s a plug-in which means you rarely have to stop). The challenging part is finding a charging station when on the road or retrofitting your residence with a charger that enables you to “fill up” overnight or faster. I bought a Tesla Model 3 last December and, for several months, was only able to charge at 4 miles of range per hour of charging through my regular 120 volt house current. A few months ago, I finally found a Silicon Valley electrician who had time to install 240 at my house and – $6,000 later ($2K for the wiring plus $4K for a new panel) I had a NEMA 6-50 240 volt plug installed in my garage on a 50 amp circuit. Read More…

After Meeting E-rickshaw Drivers on India Visit, Merkel Order 1 Mn Car Charging Points in Germany by 2030

Germany should have one million charging stations for electric cars by 2030, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video message on Sunday, ahead of meetings on Monday with the car industry on how to speed the move to low-emission battery-driven vehicles. “For this purpose, we want to create a million charging points by the year 2030 and the industry will have to participate in this effort, that is what we will be talking about,” Merkel said. Germany now has just 20,000 public charging points. Read More…

Putting Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Where People Will Actually Use Them

There’s a lot of science — or should be, at least — behind where, exactly, to put a rapidly growing number of electric-vehicle charging stations. Automakers, electric utility companies, local and state governments and other parties are embarked on a charging-station building binge, ahead of a hoped-for increase in EV adoption. But historically, they don’t always end up in the best places, according to San Francisco-based StreetLight Data, a company that tracks and analyzes traffic patterns, road use and much more, employing data from people’s mobile devices — primarily phones, as well as data from Internet-connected cars. Read More…

Hindustan Aeronautics Seeking Partners for EV Charging Business

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued a Request for Information (RFI), seeking interest from eligible Indian firms for partnering with in the electric vehicle (EV) charging business. As per the RFI document, the applicant should have the technical know-how and should be in the business of EV charging. The successful business entity should also be willing to transfer the intellectual property rights of the developed product to HAL. The ulterior motive of the RFI is to seek out the right partner to explore the emerging EV charging business area in the upcoming EV market. Read More…

BYD and AMPLY Partner fo EV Charging Infra and Energy Services

With the high costs and operational complexities surrounding electric vehicle (EV) deployments within commercial fleets, EV manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) has announced a preferred partnership with EV charging infrastructure provider, AMPLY Power. The partnership allows fleet operators such as transit agencies, shuttle bus operators, universities, school districts, and municipalities to more rapidly migrating to electric vehicles through joint products and services encompassing vehicles and infrastructure. Read More…

Honda yet to finalise e-car plan, may roll out ‘Honda e’

Honda Motor Company said its compact electric vehicle is one of the potential candidates for launch in the Indian market even as it banks on hybrid technology to make headway in the country. The ‘Honda e’ could be the likely model to be introduced in India while the Japanese company assesses which kind of eco-friendly vehicle to launch in the country, Kohei Hitomi, a chief engineer at Honda R&D Company, told ET. He declined to specify a timeframe for the launch. Read More…

This battery can solve most of India’s electric car problems

Ten minutes charging time to add 200 miles of driving range: scientists in the US have claimed a technological breakthrough that could resolve one of the key concerns surrounding all-electric vehicles. Writing in the journal Joule on Wednesday, researchers at The Pennsylvania State University said that such a speedy charge rate required a battery to rapidly take in 400 kilowatts of energy. Current generation vehicles are not capable of this feat as it risks the lithium plating, the formation of metallic lithium around the anode, which would severely deteriorate battery life. Read More…

Wheels of fortune? A new age for electric motors

But what about the motor that actually drives the car? Car enthusiasts have long-obsessed about what is under the bonnet of a traditional car, but in the electric world the motor gets little attention. That might be about to change, according to Dave OudeNijeweme, head of technology trends at the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), a joint venture between the UK government and the automotive industry. He says improvements in motor technology are set to have a profound effect on the performance of electric vehicles in the coming years. Read More..

Electrifying market: India poised to rival China in e-motorbikes

Jeetender Sharma likes to gamble. Or at least one would think so, judging from his decision to build a new electric motorcycle factory capable of cranking out 1 million units annually — roughly eight times more than the number of e-motorbikes sold across all of India last year.Sharma, founder and managing director of Gurugram-based startup Okinawa Autotech, decided in May to invest 2 billion rupees ($28 million) in the plant and new product development. The factory’s opening, scheduled for next spring, will add to his company’s existing production capacity of up to 180,000 units. Read More…

Tesla = 75–85% of US Electric Vehicle Sales

We no longer publish monthly US electric vehicle sales reports, because few automakers publish their monthly electric vehicle sales, and several don’t even publish quarterly sales of their EVs. Nonetheless, I continue to track the numbers that are published and estimate sales for the other fully electric models.The unfortunate thing about the US electric vehicle market (compared to the European or Chinese market) is there are not make widely available electric vehicles. The EVs that are for sale in the US are often limited to California and perhaps a few other markets, and compelling models are so production limited compared to consumer demand that it can be difficult to get one even in California — you may need to wait a year or so, for example. All together, the result is that one car accounts for the majority of sales. That car, of course, is the Volkswagen e-Golf. Read More…

The Billionaire Battle For EV Dominance

The neck-to-neck race to dominate the electric vehicle space continues between Elon Musk’s Tesla and Warren Buffet’s BYD. But it’s a much larger story than just EV sales — with both companies being leaders in global sales of battery packs used in EVs and energy storage, and Tesla ready to enter BYD’s home market of China. Two other elements of the story include a decline in EV sales in both the U.S. and in China, and the next trend in electric buses and commercial vehicle global sales. Last year, BYD narrowly beat Tesla in deliveries to be No. 1 in the world — BYD sold about 250,000 EVs compared to Tesla’s 245,240. Read More…

Lexus teases its first electric vehicles with a wild drone-deploying concept car

Lexus is preparing to unveil its first electric car next month. And with that in mind, Toyota’s luxury marque is showing off a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show this week that teases all sorts of far-out ideas that may or may not make it into its future electric vehicles, like gesture control, augmented reality, self-driving technology, in-wheel motors, and even drones. The LF-30 Electrified, as it’s called, is a wedge-shaped coupe packed with crystalline angles and protrusions both inside and out. It seats four, with the driver and front passenger essentially getting their own first class-style cockpits and nearly-matching futuristic displays, while the rear passengers are treated to bucket seats with “artificial muscle technology” that can “mold to their occupant.” Read More…

Leasing Electric Cars Is Becoming Popular In UK: Tesla Model 3 Leads

In September in the UK, personal leasing inquiries for electrified cars (all-electric, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and mild hybrids) increased by 209% year-over-year. We must note that sales overall went through the roof to a new all-time record. Compared to the 54.5% increase of new registrations of BEVs/PHEVs/HEVs past month (40,917), it seems that leasing is quickly gaining share compared to purchase (exact proportions were not provided). It might be caused by two major factors – first, the higher upfront cost of an electrified vehicle, and second, uncertainty about electrified tech (relatively new, especially plug-ins) like batteries, residual value, etc. Read More…

Solar inverter company SolarEdge shifts to electric vehicle charging

Leading global solar inverter company SolarEdge has announced a shift towards electric vehicles, with a new product that will combine solar monitoring and EV charge scheduling to help homeowners maximise energy usage, and charge EVs up to four times faster. The shift by SolarEdge into the EV space is a sign of the times, and a recognition that many of those choosing EVs over petrol and diesel vehicles also own a rooftop solar system and want to maximise the amount of solar used to charge their vehicle batteries. Read More…

Ford partnership likely to fire up Mahindra’s sputtering EV business

The recent partnership with Ford Motor Co. is likely to be a big shot in the arm for Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) in turning around its electric vehicle (EV) business, where M&M was one of the first movers in India and where it has pumped in several hundred crores.The partnership with Ford is likely to boost Mumbai-based M&M’s chances of succeeding in the EV space, because of the Detroit-based automaker’s scale and access to critical EV supply chain, said industry experts and people aware of the plans. Read More…

States compete for big slice of E-Vehicle pie

With electric vehicles (EV) considered a huge investment potential, several states are competing to bring out attractive schemes for companies to invest in. According to an analysis released by the World Economic Forum, the International Organisation for Public-Private Cooperation and Ola Mobility Institute, 10 states, including Karnataka, and Union Territories are trying to build momentum for EV usage across three sectors — manufacturing, infrastructure and services. Read More…

Electric Vehicle Adoption Overshadowed By SUV Boom

There are now 200 million SUVs on the roads globally, up from 35 million in 2010, according to data the International Energy Agency (IEA). In fact, 60 percent of the increase of the global vehicle fleet since 2010 came from SUVs.Because SUVs are significantly less fuel efficient than smaller more compact cars, the impact on oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions is substantial. SUVs accounted for “all of the 3.3 million barrels a day growth in oil demand from passenger cars between 2010 and 2018,” the IEA said. EVs have been making significant headway in vehicle sales, raising hopes that the energy transition may accelerate and lead to peak oil demand. Read More…

Volvo unveils the XC40 EV, its first full-electric vehicle

Not to be outdone by its electrified-performance sibling Polestar, Volvo today unveiled its all-wheel-drive (AWD) XC40 Recharge pure EV at an event in Los Angeles. The car looks exactly like its gas-powered counterpart and will house a 78kWh battery pack underneath the passenger area. This isn’t the first time this vehicle has been used by the automaker to introduce a new technology or service. Care by Volvo was initially available only for the XC40. Read More…

Dialing Up Nostalgia, Bajaj Auto Launches Chetak Electric In India

Bajaj Auto, one of India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturers is all set to launch its first electric scooter, the Chetak Electric by January 2019. The company had stopped manufacturing traditional scooters back in 2009 and had invested heavily in motorcycle brands KTM, Pulsar, Avenger, and others, which are some of the most popular in the country. Read More…

REVEALED: The UK councils that are using funds to bolster their electric-car charging infrastructures and those that aren’t investing in plug-in points

New figures have revealed which councils are expanding their electric-vehicle charging infrastructures – and which are failing to invest to provide more public plug-in points. A review of London boroughs and 40 major towns and cities across the UK found that Westminster has 375 public chargers that have been installed by the local authority – more than any other area.  On the other hand, councils for Kingston Upon Hull, Mansfield, Northampton and Swansea have fitted none using their own funds – nor has the borough of Bexley. Read More…

Commentary: Is there enough electricity for electric vehicles?

In the world of transportation, no story has prevailed more in the past five years or so than the breathless wait for the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Just about every car manufacturer now has at least one model that is fully electric.  In March 2019, it was announced that 58.4% of all cars sold in Norway were battery-powered EVs. The next month that total hit over 60% of all cars sold in the country. That average has held steady, which will mean that nearly 60% of all cars sold in Norway for the entire year are EVs. Politicians frequently like to point to the lightly populated Scandinavian nations and lament that the U.S. can’t be more like them. But the real question is, even if Americans are willing to purchase electric vehicles at the rate of the Norwegians, is the North American electric power grid ready for the mass adoption of EVs? Read More…

China Charges Ahead of U.S. in Building Pumps for Electric Cars

There are almost as many places to charge your electric vehicle in Beijing as there are in the entire United States. China, the world’s biggest market for EVs, has about eight public chargers for each one in the U.S., according to the latest counts. That imbalance likely will become more pronounced as China champions the technology spurring automakers to pivot away from gas guzzlers and accelerates its rollout of electric pumps, enlisting energy giants Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc along the way. Read More…

Climate explained: the environmental footprint of electric versus fossil cars

Electric vehicles (EVs) seem very attractive at first sight. But when we look more closely, it becomes clear that they have a substantial carbon footprint and some downsides in terms of the extraction of lithium, cobalt and other metals. And they don’t relieve congestion in crowded cities. In this response to the question, we touch briefly on the lithium issue, but focus mainly on the carbon footprint of electric cars. The increasing use of lithium-ion batteries as a major power source in electronic devices, including mobile phones, laptops and electric cars has contributed to a 58% increase in lithium mining in the past decade worldwide. Read More…

Electric mobility in India: Progress so far and the challenges that lie ahead

With all major automotive players, industry bodies as well as consumers shifting their attention from traditional fossil-fuel driven vehicles to alternative energy, the automotive industry is experiencing a major disruption in the existing powertrain technology making way for a more viable contender, e-mobility. There has been a rapid rise in the number of electric vehicles on-road with EVs contributing 5 million units across the globe in 2018, of which China, Europe, and the United States accounting for the major shares. Read More...

Harley-Davidson stops electric motorcycle production due to charging problem

Harley-Davidson has temporarily stopped making and shipping its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, due to a problem with the bike’s charging equipment, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The company told the Journal that LiveWire bikes are still safe to ride, but it’s asking the first few customers to only charge the $30,000 electric motorcycle at dealerships, indicating that there may be a problem with plugging them into lower-voltage outlets, such as the ones found in their homes. LiveWire motorcycles only just started shipping in September. Read More…

This New Toyota Corolla Hybrid Could Be India-bound

Toyota is again in the spotlight right after the RAV4 plug-in hybrid’s global reveal. This time around, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid has been spied while on test in Malaysia. The 12th generation Corolla was first unveiled in November 2018, while we still get the older generation dubbed the Corolla Altis in India. The new Corolla is expected to be launched in India by early next year but the hybrid version’s debut remains a question. The Corolla Altis is currently priced from Rs 16.45 lakh to 20.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The upcoming Corolla is expected to carry a premium as it will be offered with BS6-compliant powertrains and, being based on a new TNGA platform, will have a bigger footprint. Read More…

Opinion | For lithium ion batteries to pave the way for a rechargeable India

It is hard to know how many members of the committees that decide various Nobel prizes have personal experience of the inventions they often indirectly honour. But I am sure every single member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which selected John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino as this year’s Chemistry laureates, uses lithium-ion batteries. While the Academy gave in to a little hyperbole when it declared “they created a rechargeable world”, it was nevertheless on the mark in saying that “lithium-ion batteries have revolutionised our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. Read More…

Electric vehicles are an idea whose time has come

Concerns have been raised over the declining health of the automobile industry. Interestingly, part of the blame has been put on the budget announcement regarding GST rate cuts on electric vehicles. It has been concluded — conveniently — that since the option of buying EVs is relatively more attractive, it has cannibalized the sales of traditional vehicles. But facts do not support this hypothesis. The move in the budget is neither new nor sudden. The government had formally rolled out the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 a good six years back. Read More…

Charging stations power up EVs in Far North Queensland

Electric vehicles are charging ahead in Far North Queensland with installation works well on the way for six AC charging stations at key tourism locations.The Tropical North Queensland Electric Vehicle Drive has been developed and implemented by the State Government and is being delivered with sponsorship from RACQ. Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford, said the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway charging site would be the first to be completed. Read More…

Tesla claim electric car battery powers car for 1 million miles

Last April, Elon Musk promised that Tesla would soon be able to power its electric cars for more than 1 million miles over the course of their lifespan. At the time, the claim seemed a bit much. That’s more than double the mileage Tesla owners can expect to get out of their car’s current battery packs, It just didn’t seem real—except now it appears that it is. Read More…

Lexus teases its EV concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show

By 2025, all Lexus cars will be electric or have an electric powertrain option, so the company claims. We’ve already seen one crossover concept, the LF-1 “Limitless,” which comes with gas, plug-in hybrid or all-electric powertrain options. Now, Lexus is preparing to reveal its battery electric concept at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. We don’t know much ahead of the event, other than that the EV will combine electric and autonomous vehicle tech. Read More…

Yamaha’s latest EV concepts include two city scooters

Yamaha clearly wants to make a name for itself in electric two-wheelers. It’s coming to the Tokyo Motorshow on October 24th with four brand new EV concepts, three of which are built for intercity jaunts. The centerpieces are the E01 (pictured at left) and E02 (right) urban scooters. The E01 is equivalent to a 125cc gas-powered machine and is meant to be larger and comfier than your typical scooter to help with longer trips. It accordingly touts “plenty of range,” although Yamaha hasn’t said what that would be. Read More…