Aluminum-ion batteries promise significant improvements over today’s lithium-ion technology. The ability to exchange three electrons per ion, compared to lithium’s one, brings the potential for higher storage capacity. Al-ion batteries could also rely on more cheap/abundant materials, avoiding many of the issues that continue to plague Li-ion supply chains.
Various challenges, in particular relating to the shelf-life of the batteries, have kept Al-ion confined to the laboratory for now. New research published in early 2021, however, represents a significant leap in performance for the technology. A battery capable of both high storage capacity and ultrafast charging could open new applications for energy storage, bridging the gap between a battery and a supercapacitor.
Scientists at China’s Dalian University of Technology and the University of Nebraska in the United States collaborated to fabricate a battery consisting of a pure aluminum anode, a graphene cathode, and an organic electrolyte. The batteries are described in the paper Ultra-fast charging in aluminum-ion batteries: electric double layers on active anode, published in Nature Communications.
Key to achieving this performance was an improved understanding of a mechanism known as ‘electric double layers’ – layers just a few nanometers thick which form at the interface between the metal electrode and electrolyte. By dipping the aluminum into Galinstan – a metal alloy that is liquid at room temperature – the group increased the surface energy of the anode allowing more aluminum ions to tunnel through the electric double layers.
With this approach, the group could demonstrate a battery with a 200 milliamp hours per gram (mAh/g-1) capacity, which they claim is a jump forward from the previous record of 120 mAh/g-1 for an Al-ion battery. The battery could also charge at a rate of 104 C – meaning a duration of 0.35 seconds to reach the full capacity at 1000 A g−1.
The group notes that these performance figures denote a device that “eliminates the gap between a supercapacitor and a battery.” And they plan to continue working on understanding more of the specifics of how their anode works, as well as exploring combinations with different cathode materials. Ultimately, they envisage applications in emergency backup power, for example, “energy backup for electric buses that are running between stations, restart a suddenly stopped elevator, or even to minimize the power-off-induced loss in manufacturing or production lines.”
The Maharashtra government has planned an outlay of Rs 9,453 crore for setting up mega electric vehicle charging centres on key expressways connecting the state capital Mumbai.
Presenting the Maharashtra Budget 2021-22 in the Maharashtra Assembly on March 8, Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar said: “Mega electric vehicle charging centres will be started on Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg, Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Nashik Expressway. For the year 2021-22, an outlay of Rs 9,453 crore is proposed to the energy department for scheme expenditure”.
A few charging stations operated by private companies are already in operation on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The Mumbai-Nashik Expressway is yet to have its first charging station while the Samruddhi Expressway itself is under construction.
The state government has also planned an outlay of Rs 1,400 crore for 2021-22 replacing old diesel-powered buses of the State Transport Corporation with environmental-friendly CNG and electric buses. “Bus stands will also be modernized”, Pawar added.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has an estimated 17,773 buses. Many of the buses in Mumbai run by the city municipal corporation have already switched to zero-emission, battery-operated electric technology.
Pawar further proposed separate bicycle tracks to be constructed on the busy western and eastern express highways in Mumbai. “The battery-operated bicycles on cycle tracks are getting a good response in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Therefore, it is planned by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to construct separate cycle tracks on the east and west express highways in Mumbai”, Pawar added.
The state government had declared its electric vehicle policy in 2018 to reduce the greenhouse gases effect and for pollution control.
Under the scheme the first 100,000 electric vehicles registered in the state were to get a subsidy of up to Rs 100,000 on E-cars, Rs 5,000 on e-two-wheelers and Rs 12,000 on e-three-wheelers. These vehicles would be exempted from road tax and registration fees also.
This EV policy, however, is now being revised, said Pawar without giving further details.
India-headquartered Ola – one of the leading mobility companies in the world has reportedly commenced the construction of the world’s largest two-wheeler mega-factory on its 500-acre site in Tamil Nadu.
The ride-hailing company entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government for INR 2,400 crore factory in December 2020. Since then, the company has completed the acquisition of the land in January and is likely to begin production at the facility within the next few months.
“Ola’s mega-factory will have an initial capacity of two million units a year in phase 1 and will serve as the company’s global manufacturing hub for its range of electric-powered scooters and two-wheelers across India and international markets including Europe, UK, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand,” Ola said in an official statement.
Expected to create 10,000 jobs, Ola added, the factory will incorporate Industry 4.0 principles and will be powered by Ola’s own proprietary AI Engine and tech stack that will be deeply integrated into all its systems. The mega-factory is expected to be one of the most automated factories in India with about 5,000 robots and automated guided vehicles in use once it begins operations in full capacity.
"The company has already brought on board global partners and suppliers as it works towards getting its factory, billed to be the world’s largest scooter factory, operational in the coming months," the company stated.
In May 2020, Ola announced the acquisition of Netherland-based Etergo which marked its entry into the premium electric two-wheeler market both in India and globally.
The company confirmed it is close to launching the first in its range of electric scooters in the coming months in India. The electric scooter is expected to have a removable battery, high performance, and range as well as a host of industry-first technology features. The scooter has already won several prestigious design and innovation awards including the IHS Markit Innovation award at CES and the German Design Award.
Govt to come out with policy on advanced battery tech to power EVs, India eyes No 1 slot: Nitin Gadkari
The government will adopt an integrated approach and come out with a policy to make India self-reliant in the area of advanced battery technologies to power electric vehicles and other applications, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on February 11.
Pitching for an integrated approach for developing indigenous fuel cells in the field of electric vehicles, he said India today stands at the cusp of becoming the world leader in this field as well as automobile manufacturing.
He made the remarks after chairing a high-powered meeting focussed on research and development in the area of alternative fuel. The meeting was held last night.
Central government’s Principal Scientific Advisor K. Vijay Raghavan, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Highways Secretary Giridhar Aramane and senior representatives from DRDO, ISRO, CSIR and IITs besides Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways V.K. Singh participated in the meeting.
“So far work is happening in silos in the area of alternative fuel. We will now work in an integrated and concerted manner bringing together the best technologies. We will also focus on economic viability...We need a policy in this regard and for it we have decided to take an integrated approach,” Mr. Gadkari told PTI.
He said scientists, academia and industry can together harness green hydrogen-based energy through water, for it being a cost effective and easily available mode in the country. He indicated towards the lowering costs of solar power in India, which can help energise other modes of fuels.
“Vast scope is there in the area of Lithium-ion battery too despite countries like China dominating in the sector. About 81 per cent of Lithium-ion battery components are available locally and India stands a very good chance for value addition at lower costs.
“Our mining entities could look for acquiring component assets globally and grab the opportunity as China has occupied 51 per cent but still 49 per cent scope is there,” Mr. Gadkari said.
Stressing the need for advanced and concerted planning the minister said this is one area where there is good scope for becoming the world leader as the automobile sector which has a turnover of ₹4.5 lakh crore is set to take it to ₹10 lakh crore in future.
The resultant employment generation will be huge and vehicle scrapping policy under which initially one crore vehicles will go for scrapping will result in availability of cheaper aluminium, copper, rubber, steel and other products which will reduce the price of the components.
After going through the presentations from different organisations on different technologies including Lithium-ion, metal-ion, Sodium Sulphur, Hydrogen, Iron Sulphur, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Cell System, ZincGel, etc, Gadkari said, economic viability is the basis of any successful technology.
The Minister suggested taking ahead the suggestions put forth in the meeting by integrating industry experience in the field.
He assured the participants of his complete commitment in adopting best technologies.
He also urged various stakeholders including NITI Aayog, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), CSIR, Ministries of Science and Technology, Heavy Industries, Commerce, Road Transport and Highways, IITs and private institutions to join hands in this regard.
Private sector has also worked in this regard.
DRDO in its presentation showed how technology transfer has resulted in manufacturing of 400 batteries of 120 MW by some institutes and added that mass production could reduce its prices.
NITI Ayog said it has collaborated with four IITs including Guwahati and Delhi for research in aluminium-ion battery.
Its CEO Amitabh Kant stressed that India should concentrate on lithium-ion alternative batteries and mining sector companies should explore opportunities aborad for acquiring assets in this regard.
Mr. Gadkari said next generation batteries will not only minimise vehicular pollution in India but make India a global supplier of EVs and added that two-wheeler makers like Bajaj, Hero Honda and TVS are already exporting 50 per cent of their production.
He said he would be launching a tractor on alternative fuel on Friday.
Alternative fuel promotion will result in economic growth and would bolster India’s development, Mr. Gadkari said.
The report on ‘Indian Tech Startups Ecosystem’ (NASSCOM, November 2019) echoes that the Indian startup scenario aims to develop with a healthy mix of sectors. The report emphasized that Ed-tech, Fintech, Mobility, Automotive, and Healthcare were the top five sectors growing at an exceptionally fast pace in India.
Recognizing the need to encourage innovation in the e-mobility, energy storage, and emerging technologies space and to further boost India’s drive towards a greener future, VJTI Technology Business Incubator (VJTI-TBI) after a successful conclusion of the Cohort-1 program, has called for fresh applications for its Cohort-2 program in the Energy, Clean-tech, AI/ML, IoT, Electric Vehicles and Cyber Security space.
In regards to learn more about this latest incubation program, Emerging Technology News spoke to Dr. Roshan Yedery, Chief Executive Officer, VJTI- Technology Business Incubator to understand the dynamics behind the incubation program and the kind of technology innovation they are looking to commercialize.
Please tell us more about VJTI-TBI Incubation Program Cohort-2?
VJTI Technology Business Incubator is the DST-supported incubator established at the prestigious Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai under NIDHI-TBI Scheme. In FY 2019-20, under Cohort-1, we onboarded 17 start-ups working in the thematic areas of energy, clean-tech, AI/ML, IoT, EV, and cybersecurity. Some of these start-ups have made great progress with their product development/service offerings and are already generating sufficient revenues to attract investors for their next round of expansion. Now, VJTI-TBI has announced a call for applications from eligible start-ups for Cohort-2 in FY2020-21 and is hoping to identify 10-15 start-ups working in the above thematic areas.
What kind of support can startup participants expect in the course of Cohort-2?
Start-ups selected under Cohort-2 will receive a host of benefits including access to industry-level lab infrastructure for developing, testing, and validating their tech-based product/service. Besides, they will get access to high-quality mentoring, industry connections, fundraising opportunities through CSR and investors. Start-ups will also receive free access to technology platforms including Mathworks, Solidworks, ZOHO, AWS, MyOperator, and many more such tools. VJTI-TBI also provides access to highly-skilled student interns who have greatly helped start-ups in Cohort-1 with their product development, testing, and validation. The main advantage being that start-ups can also be a part of this program virtually, with physical presence mandated only during review meetings and discussions with industry and investor connections.
Please tell us about the key areas/domains that the incubation program aims to explore. What are the key initiatives within the same?
VJTI-TBI is currently supporting start-ups working in the thematic areas of energy, clean-tech, AI/ML, IoT, EV, and cybersecurity. Our incubator has already developed strong industry partnerships in these sectors. For instance, VJTI-TBI has access to the sophisticated lab, testing, and simulation infrastructure donated by industry partners to the Center of Excellence in Complex & Non-Linear Dynamical Systems (CoE-CNDS) established at VJTI. For instance, Siemens has donated SIGUARD and PSSE platforms which are used globally to assess transmission systems stability and security and to analyze and simulate high-performance power transmission systems respectively. Similarly, Emerson has supported the incubator with the DeltaV DCS platform which is being widely used to automate industrial operations. L&T has set up the iVisionmax platform, the latest SCADA solution designed to monitor and control the processes, equipment, and resources of an enterprise in real-time. Recently, NVIDIA has also collaborated with VJTI-TBI to setup an AI-enabled NVIDIA GPU-accelerated DGX-1 AI Supercomputer powered by eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators, NVIDIA NVLink and new Tensor Core architecture, and a complete Deep Learning Stack with optimized versions of today’s most popular frameworks. These tools and infrastructure are being made available to the start-ups incubated under Cohort-1 and the same will be accessible to future cohorts as well.
How beneficial has been the support of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, and Startup India in recognizing the VJTI-TBI innovative initiative. Please tell us more about the partnership?
In India, the Department of Science and Technology has played a phenomenal role in promoting the start-up ecosystem in academic settings through the activities and efforts of the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board and its flagship program – establishing Technology Business Incubators in academic settings. VJTI-TBI has been the beneficiary of the newly established NIDHI (National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations) program. Under the NIDHI-TBI program, VJTI-TBI has received around Rs 8 Lakh towards the establishment of co-working space and lab infrastructure to support start-ups working in the thematic areas of energy, clean-tech, AI/ML, IoT, EV, and cybersecurity. Through these funds, DST will support VJTI-TBI towards designing start-up relevant training programs, workshops, seminars, and acceleration programs. Once VJTI-TBI completes 3 years of operations it shall become eligible to receive separate funding to support start-ups through individual funding of up to Rs 10 Lakhs through the NIDHI-PRAYAS Program and can also receive funding of Rs 3-5 crore under the NIDHI-Seed Support System. Through DST, VJTI-TBI can readily enable access to other incubator infrastructure to its start-ups in the relevant thematic areas creating a win-win for both the incubators and their start-ups in the ecosystem.
What will be the criteria for selecting start-ups under Cohort-2? What kind of financial support will be given to selected start-ups once selected for the incubation program?
VJTI-TBI has a defined process for selecting the start-ups for the incubation program. We look for start-ups working on an innovative idea/ technology/ product/ service in one of the thematic areas including Clean-tech, Energy, IoT, Cloud Computing, and Cyber Security. We support start-ups that are in an early stage of growth and revenue and must be willing to pursue the incubation program full time with no other concurrent commitments during the incubation period. We look at start-ups who will preferably have a market-ready prototype or Proof-of-Concept (PoC) and a clear IP strategy and a technology commercialization plan that will create jobs. Finally, the start-ups must have a strong business proposal, must be able to confidently pitch to investors and raise funds, must be able to scale-up and become self-sustainable in 18-24 months.
What kind-of industry partnership has been established for the incubation program. How do you plan to leverage these partnerships to ensure the success of the program?
VJTI-TBI has developed strategic partnerships to help incubated start-ups develop, validate, and scale-up technologies relevant to the thematic areas. VJTI-TBI has collaborated with corporates including LTI, Emerson, NVIDIA, Siemens, and CISCO for establishing state-of-the-art lab infrastructure including SCADA & Automation Lab, Power Electronics Lab, and AI/ML and Embedded Systems Lab. Our incubator has also fostered partnerships with industry partners including LTI, ITD Cementation, and SIDBI Ventures for supporting the start-ups through CSR funds that will provide co-working space and seed support for developing technology-based products that will create impact. VJTI-TBI has also partnered with technology partners and is currently providing start-ups with free access to technology platforms including MathWorks, Solidworks, MyOperator, ZOHO, AWS, and Zendesk. Lastly, our incubator has also signed MoU with industry associations including the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA), India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), Institution of Engineering Technology (IET), India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), and Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF). These partnerships shall ensure that both VJTI-TBI and the incubated start-ups get access to high quality mentoring and fund-raising opportunities through industry experts and relevant markets.
Are there any plans to undertake more such innovative incubation programs in the upcoming time?
There is a strong potential to develop more innovation-based programs in collaboration with industry partnerships already established by VJTI-TBI with various industry partners mentioned earlier. Our incubator shall explore designing acceleration programs for the currently incubated start-ups in the thematic areas in collaboration with industry associations including IEEMA, IESA, IET, ISGF, and CPF. VJTI-TBI also plans to hold innovation challenges and hackathons in collaboration with the industry partners including LTI, Siemens, Emerson, CISCO, and NVIDIA that will focus on the thematic areas mentioned above.
Last date to apply: 31 January 2020
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Bengaluru-based EV start-up Simple Energy, which is gearing up to roll out its initial product (electric scooter) in the first half of 2021, is planning to capitalize around Rs 45 crore in setting up a production facility, its founder Suhas Rajkumar said.
The plant, which will primarily have a capacity to produce 50,000 vehicles in the initial year of the commissioning, will come up near Hosur in Tamil Nadu.
Besides launching the flagship Mark 2, the company may add another product in its portfolio during the current year but has not yet decided whether it will be a bike or a better-version of the scooter, Rajkumar said.
In November 2020, the EV maker announced that its prototype Mark 1 e-scooter accomplished an ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India)-certified range of more than 230 km with a developed-in-house 4 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack.
"We are looking to set up our factory around Hosur (an industrial city in the Krishanigiri district of Tamil Nadu) at a capacity of 50,000 units for the first year.
"The plant set-up will begin from June-July, post the launch. We are keeping a minimum time gap between the launch and the delivery of the product," Rajkumar expressed.
He said Simple Energy will raise $8 million (around Rs 58.50 crore) in Series-A funding by March-April for setting up the plant and product launch. "We are capitalizing Rs 45 crore in setting up the manufacturing facility," Rajkumar added.
He also said the company has closed the angel round with four investors on-board.
Rajkumar said the capital requirement initially is around $15 million for swiftly expanding the business to four-five cities.
The company will launch Mark 2 by the first half of this year in three major locations - Bengaluru, Chennai, and Delhi - to begin with, and then progressively expand to other cities such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
Mark 2 will have a range of 230 km and come with a removable battery, and a top speed of 100 kilometre per hour (kph).
After the launch, the deliveries will start to the customers with pre-launch bookings from October-November onwards, he said adding that in the first year of the launch, the company expects a sales volume of 10,000 units from three cities together.
"We are looking to launch two products this year, including Mark 2, for sure. Tentatively, there will be one more product that would be coming in and it could be a bike or a better version of the scooter," he said.
Rajkumar said the company hopes to launch as many products as possible and will begin with Mark 2. "We will see the market response after the delivery of the first product, gauge its success and then roll out more offerings."
He said Mark 2 will be priced between Rs 1.10 lakh and Rs 1.20 lakh, and in terms of pricing, it will be almost equal to a BS-VI Activa scooter. "We aim to reduce the price gap between a vehicle with an IC Engine and an electric one."
Simple Energy is aiming at 15 dealerships with three experience centre, one each in Bengaluru, Chennai, and Delhi by March next year and the sales distribution will work through a hub-and-spoke model with experience centres serving as the hub in each city, he said.
Rajkumar said even as the Simple Energy e-scooter has a removable battery and the vehicle can be charged at any charging station.
The company would also set up its own fast-charging stations, Matrix, at places like metro stations, petrol pumps, and cafes and is scouting partners for such charging infrastructure, he added.
"We are looking at charging stations every 3-4 km but it remains in the initial stages, as our vehicles come with removable batteries. We plan to install 20-25 supercharging facilities in Bengaluru in partnerships which will be universal charging stations for any type," he said.
*Image Courtesy: Simple Energy
With the view to bolster the manufacturing capabilities of the country and enhance exports, the Union Cabinet today approved production-linked incentives (PLI) in 10 key sectors including Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) battery, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) vision.
The 10 key sectors have received a total financial outlay of INR 1,45,980 crore over a period of five years, of which, ACC battery has been approved a financial outlay of INR 18,100 crores. Automobiles and auto components have been approved INR 57,042 crores.
“The PLI scheme will be implemented by the concerned ministries/departments and will be within the overall financial limits prescribed. The final proposals of PLI for individual sectors will be appraised by the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and approved by the Cabinet,” the official statement said.
The objective of the PLI scheme across these 10 key specific sectors is to make Indian manufacturers globally competitive, attract investment in the areas of core competency and cutting-edge technology; ensure efficiencies; create economies of scale; enhance exports and make India an integral part of the global supply chain.
ACC battery manufacturing represents one of the largest economic opportunities for several global growth sectors, such as consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy. The PLI scheme for the ACC battery sector is expected to incentivize large domestic and international players in establishing a competitive ACC battery set-up in the country. In the auto sector, the PLI scheme aims to make the Indian automotive industry more competitive and enhance the globalization of the automotive sector through the latest incentives.
India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), the leading industry alliance focused on the advancement of advanced energy storage and e-mobility technologies in India welcomed the PLI scheme announced by the Government of India.
Commenting on the government's move, Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), said, "This is an extraordinary move by the government and is a result of 4+ years of industry push led by IESA and other stakeholders. This national program holds immense importance as it is going to accelerate the Aatamnirbhar Abhiyan in domestic manufacturing, helping India to enter the global value chain for advanced energy storage technologies.”
“We are thankful to Shri. Amitabh Kant and NITI Aayog team for their leadership along with contributions from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in shaping this program,” Dr. Walawalkar added.
IESA has been actively working in this space for the past three years, collating information from industry players (IESA member companies) and submitting inputs on the discussion for Advanced Battery Manufacturing in India.
"Since May 2019, IESA has been in constant communication with the NITI Aayog and other ministries/departments on the launch of the Mission," IESA said in its official statement.
In July this year, IESA wrote a letter to the PMO requesting to expedite the launch of the Advanced Chemistry Cell - Gigafactory Manufacturing Plan. In September this year, with the view to further accelerate their efforts, IESA banded with industry associations like Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers' Association (IEEMA), India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), ELCINA, and Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (MAIT) and submitted inputs urging the ministry to take the necessary steps for promoting Advanced Battery Manufacturing in India.
IESA wrote multiple letters to the ministry explaining the urgency of the Mission and the need to avoid delays which could lead to India missing out on investment opportunities to other countries.
Moving forward, Dr. Walawalkar suggests there is a need for the government to pick some measures for kick-starting deployments of energy storage technologies in a systematic manner that will help investors to commit billions of dollars required for building gigafactories and the rest of the supply chain. This does not necessarily require the government to subsidize the demand, but to identify applications where these technologies are economical and government agencies can save money by adopting the ACC technologies (similar to how the LED rollout was planned through EESL).
Making SECI a case in point, Dr. Walawalkar proposed as SECI has already identified series of projects and business models for deployment of large-scale renewable hybrid projects, the government can also focus on utilizing energy storage for reducing diesel consumption to help with air quality and pollution reduction.
"IESA is committed to supporting this initiative by bringing together various companies that are ready to invest and are also driving initiatives to accelerate the adoption of energy storage and EVs from the private sector through initiatives such as E$$Meet, MOVE and EV Adopters Club," Dr. Walawalkar added.
“With the launch of the ACC Battery Manufacturing Mission, we hope that the government will also monitor the progress of these projects and ensure timely completion to help build industry confidence."
MG Motor India and Tata Power Corporation Limited have inaugurated the first superfast charging EV station in the city. Further strengthening the electric vehicle ecosystem, the move is part of MG’s fresh partnership with Tata Power for positioning of 50 KW DC superfast charging stations across the country.
The public EV charging station is accessible to all vehicles attuned with CCS/ CHAdeMO fast-charging standards and is in line with MG’s commitment to providing a 5-way charging ecosystem. The MG ZS EV can be charged up to 80% in 50 minutes at the facility. Other charging options with the MG ZS, India’s first pure electric internet SUV – include - free-of-cost AC fast-charger installation at the customer’s home/office, extended charging network, a cable to charge anywhere, and charge-on-the-go with RSA (roadside assistance).
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India, said, “Further strengthening the EV charging ecosystem in Nagpur, the partnership aims to provide customers with a robust charging ecosystem to promote the adoption of cleaner and greener mobility solutions. We feel confident that it will pave the way for superior EV adoption in the region. With Tata Power as a partner, a renowned major in the field of renewable energy, we are confident that we will create a distinct synergy together.”
Noting on the inauguration, Rajesh Naik, Chief - New Business Services, Tata Power said, “Now, more than ever, businesses have to work with a purpose – one of which is to ensure we take responsibility for protecting our environment. At Tata Power, we are heavily committed to sustainable energy solutions. Our collaboration with MG Motor demonstrates our commitment to add impetus to the EV migration in India. Nagpur’s first-ever superfast charging EV station is just the beginning and we look forward to quickly adding more cities to this exciting transformation.”
MG Motor India has a total of 10 superfast 50 kW charging stations across its dealerships in five cities - New Delhi- NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad with alike expansions to more cities. Tata Power, on the other hand, has established an elaborate EV charging ecosystem with 200+ charging points in 24 different cities under the EZ Charge brand along with a digital platform to enable an easy & smooth customer experience. The MG-Tata Power partnership will comprise core values and operating models that are in line with their prevailing customer-centric approach.
Image Courtesy: Tata Power Corporation Limited
Pune-based two-and three-wheelers manufacturer Bajaj Auto Ltd is strategizing to set up a devoted production plant for Chetak, its electric scooter.
Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto believed that the company is planning to ramp up production capacity for Chetak and as a result is considering setting up a dedicated manufacturing unit with an annual capacity of half a million units for the same.
The electric scooter is presently produced at the company’s Chakan plant, a unit that characteristically operates at near-100 percent capacity utilization around the year. It also rolls out premium KTM and Husqvarna bikes for the domestic as well as export markets from the site.
Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad are among the key locations that are being assessed by the company to set up the supposed manufacturing unit, Bajaj said, adding that he finds the freshly released electric vehicle (EV) policies by Delhi, Telangana, and Karnataka promising.
Released earlier in August, the Delhi EV Policy 2020 targets to drive the adoption of battery electric vehicles or EVs so that they contribute to 25 percent of new vehicle registrations by 2024 in the national capital.
Bajaj Auto is already known to be working on a pipeline of new electric vehicles intended at expanding its EV portfolio. It presently has only one model on sale - Chetak. New EVs planned are directed at expanding the Chetak portfolio along with new models positioned under its premium KTM and Husqvarna brands.
Image Courtesy: Bajaj Auto