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India EV News: Government proposes to increase tariffs on imported electric vehicles in budget 2020 to promote local manufacturing; Kinetic Green, BPCL in an electric mobility partnership to plan an India-wide battery exchange network; Launch of electric vehicles in various segments in India around AutoExpo 2020
The NRDC India EV News is a selection of news on electric mobility in India.
Budget 2020: government proposes to increase customs duties on imported electric vehicles
Imported electric vehicles are expected to become more expensive as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an increase in tariffs on various types of these vehicles as the government lobbies to promote local production.
“As part of the” Make in India “initiative, well-defined tariff rates have been announced in advance for items such as mobile phones, electric vehicles and their components. This has resulted in a gradual increase in the domestic value added capacity in India, “said Sitharaman. during the presentation of the 2020-21 budget. (…) (Yourstory, February 1, 2020)
Government to abolish registration fees for the purchase of electric vehicles
Minister of Heavy Industries and State-Owned Enterprises, Prakash Javadekar, said that the government proposed to abolish registration fees for electric vehicles. It will also use the Union budget to grant an additional tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest paid on loans taken out to buy electric vehicles. (…) (Electronics B2B, February 13, 2020)
Reserves of lithium, necessary for the production of EV batteries, found near Bangalore
Good news for the electric vehicle (EV) sector because lithium reserves have been discovered in Mandya, 100 km from Bengaluru in Karnataka. The quantity is estimated at 30.00 tonnes of Li2O. Although this is good news, the reserve is low compared to the main producers such as Chile with 8.6 million tonnes, Australia with 2.8 million tonnes, Argentina with 1.7 million tonnes and Portugal with 60,000 tonnes. (…) (The Economic Times, February 18, 2020)
Startups Seek To Outrun OEMs In India’s Electric Vehicle Industry
The opportunities around the electric mobility ecosystem are classified into three main categories: product manufacturing, infrastructure and electric vehicle charging services. Electric mobility start-ups respond to three areas of opportunity as new business models begin to emerge. Startups are betting on their advantages of agility and adaptability to get ahead of conventional manufacturers. Ather Energy and Tork Motors are among a handful of startups that benefit from solid financial support from high-level investors. (…) (Livemint, February 5, 2020)
Tata Motors to supply Tigor electric vehicles to Gujarat Vij as part of an EESL tender
Tata Motors announced a partnership with Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. (UGVCL), and as part of this partnership, the automaker will deploy its Tigor EVs. The electric sedans will be supplied to Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in Gujarat and are part of the company’s tender with EESL. The first batch of cars was reported by the Minister of Energy, Saurabhbhai Patel and Mahesh Singh, Director General of the UGVCL, as well as by a crowd of other dignitaries at the ceremony. (…) (NDTV, February 16, 2020)
Industry seeks to clarify roadmap for electric vehicles, Telangana
The Telangana state government has stated that although it has no policy, it has guidelines in place and is receptive to companies willing to invest in Telangana.
Kinetic Green founder and CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani said, “We were very optimistic in Hyderabad because it is a very large two and three wheeler market, but nothing happened during last year because there is no clear political framework. ” Michael Liu, president of Dao EVTech, said the Telangana government should also abolish the road tax on electric vehicles like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Senior Secretary of Industry and IT Jayesh Ranjan noted that the state government had put in place guidelines and successfully attracted four battery manufacturers to the state and also hoped to land two mega-equipment manufacturers next days. (…) (Time of India, January 29, 2020)
IOC to install charging stations for electric vehicles in Kerala
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is also developing an integrated fuel complex in Thiruvananthapuram with storage, production and distribution of LNG LNG and a retail outlet for the distribution of gasoline, diesel, lubricants and CNG. As part of its green initiative, Indian Oil is setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Kerala, said VC Asokan, general manager and office manager of Kerala, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Ltd. Asokan also said that two EV charging stations in Kerala and 14 additional stations will soon be installed. (…) (Economic Times, February 25, 2020)
Tata Power plans to have 700 EV charging stations by 2021
Tata Power has signed memoranda of understanding for the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles at HPCL, IOCL and IGL points of sale. The company has already installed 100 fast charging stations in different cities. In Mumbai, the company has already installed 30 stations, which it plans to increase to 200 by next year. (…) (Livemint, February 17, 2020)
EV Motors India signs agreement with BSES Yamuna Power in charge in Delhi
EV Motors India (EVM) electric vehicle start-up has signed an agreement with BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. (BYPL) to install and operate charging stations for electric vehicles in selected locations under the jurisdiction of BYPL. EVM launched its public charging socket for electric vehicles under the brand name “ PlugNgo ” at DLF Cybercity, Gurugram and is looking to install more than 6,500 charging sockets, each with several charging stations, distributed in cities, businesses and residential complexes in India over the next five years. (…) (Economic Times, February 24, 2020)
EESL partners with BSNL to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations in India
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), for the installation of 1,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles. As part of this partnership, EESL will gradually set up public charging stations in BSNL sites across the country. (…) (Economic Times, February 18, 2020)
Kinetic Green, BPCL in an electric mobility partnership; plan an India-wide battery exchange network with IIT Madras IoT technology
Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions, which manufactures electric vehicles, and the large public sector oil and gas company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) signed an agreement to launch “ e-Drive ”, a mobility solution for electric vehicles based on exchangeable battery technology. Kinetic and BPCL developed the solution in association with IIT Chennai for a complete system based on IOT. The system monitors the battery and the station, which are compatible with the IoT and linked to an application. (…) (Autocar Pro News Desk, February 3, 2020)
The best electric cars presented at Auto Expo 2020
Electric mobility is the future. And we got a glimpse of it at Auto Expo 2020. Among the best electric cars that caught the eye of India’s biggest biennial milestone were Volkswagen ID Crozz, Mahindra eKUV100, Mahindra eXUV300, Renault Zoe EV , Renault K-ZE, Tata Sierra, Tata Nexon and Altroz EV, MG Marvel X, Kia Soul EV, Mercedes-Benz EQC 1886, Haima E1 etc. (…) (Carwale.com, February 11, 2020)
Launch of new electric vehicles
JBM launches the ECO-LIFE e9 electric bus
JBM Auto launched the ECO-LIFE e9 electric bus, powered by fast-charging lithium batteries, during the 2020 motor show. It can travel 125 to 150 km on a single charge, depending on traffic conditions. city, the company said. (…) (Business Standard, February 5, 2020)
Cellestial E-Mobility unveils a new electric tractor with battery exchange and regenerative shutdown
The start-up Cellestial E-Mobility, headquartered in Hyderabad, launched a new and its first electric tractor with performance measures corresponding to 4X of the equivalent diesel tractor. The company plans to build 8,000 tractors over the next 36 months. (…) (Indiaweb2, February 12, 2020)
Auto Expo 2020: launch of Mahindra eKUV100 in India; the price starts at Rs 8.25 lakh
Mahindra & Mahindra launched the eKUV100 in India at Auto Expo 2020 for a starting price of Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price includes FAME benefits. The eKUV100 electric vehicle is delivered with a 15.9 lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from 0 to 80% in 60 minutes. The claimed range of the EV is 147 km. (…) (Indiatoday, February 5, 2020)
Toyota unveils 79.5 lakh EV Vellfire hybrid vehicle
The Toyota Kirloskar (TKM) engine unveiled the Vellfire, the new luxury hybrid electric auto-recharging hybrid vehicle in India. It is a luxury 7-seater minivan with two electric motors and a hybrid battery to control emissions.
The company has already sold more than 6,000,000 units worldwide and has introduced Vellfire as a CBU, at a price of 79.5 lakh ex-showroom. (…) (The Hindu Business Line, February 26, 2020)
Pure EV launches the EPluto 7G electric scooter, priced at Rs 79,999
Pure EV, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad, launched its high-speed electric scooter “EPluto 7G”, at the price of Rs 79,999 (ex-showroom). As the electric vehicle manufacturer claims, this scooter will offer a long range, a top speed of 60 km / h and a battery warranty of 40,000 km. (…) (Economic Times, February 10, 2020)
Ather 450X launched at Rs 99,000: India’s fastest electric scooter cheaper than Chetak, iQube
The new Ather 450X was launched in India at a price of Rs 99,000 (ex Showroom Bengaluru). The new model presented as a “super scooter” benefits from multiple improvements compared to the Ather 450. Starting with performance, the all-new Ather 450X can sprint from a stop to 40 km / h in just 3, 3 seconds versus 3.9 seconds. on the Ather 450. (…) (Financial Express, January 28, 2020)
Nexzu Mobility enters the e-bike segment and launches 3 variants
Electric scooter maker Nexzu Mobility, formerly Avan Motors, has announced a foray into the growing electric bike segment with the launch of three variants – Roadlark, Aello and Rompus. The three vehicles are sold for between ₹ 25,000 and ₹ 37,000, said a company official. Equipped with lithium-ion batteries that have an average life cycle of 750 charges, e-cycles can be fully charged in 3-4 hours, the company said. (…) (Hindustan Times, February 18, 2020)
Compiled by Charu Lata and Preeti Gulati.
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