Ashok Leyland acquires Switch Mobility, GM to supply electric batteries
Ashok Leyland acquires Switch Mobility Automotive
Ashok Leyland has announced that its subsidiary Switch Mobility has acquired EV manufacturer Switch Mobility Automotive Ltd, India.
“Switch Mobility Ltd, UK, a subsidiary of the company, acquired the entire shareholding in Switch Mobility Automotive Ltd, India on June 14, 2021,” Ashok Leyland said in a regulatory filing.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ashok Leyland and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) for an e-mobility pilot project. The partnership will run an electric bus pilot project to support eco-friendly in-campus commuting by IITM’s students and staff.
GM to supply electric batteries & hydrogen fuel cell systems
General Motors Co will supply electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cell systems for rail supplier Wabtec Corp’s locomotives. Wabtec is developing locomotives powered by electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cells to reduce carbon emissions. It has a test electric locomotive model and intends to build a second-generation version, with deliveries starting in 2023.
“The rail industry is on the cusp of a sustainable transformation with the introduction of batteries and hydrogen to power locomotive fleets,” Wabtec Chief Executive Rafael Santana said in a statement.
Under the nonbinding memorandum of understanding, GM will supply Ultium electric batteries and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell power cubes. The company intends to build a second-generation electric locomotive with a battery capacity of more than 6 MWh.
Volkswagen looking for raw materials for electric vehicle batteries
The world’s second-biggest carmaker Volkswagen is in talks with suppliers to get the raw materials for electric vehicle batteries through making partnerships. It is trying to exert more control over key components in its supply chains such as semiconductors and lithium.
Recently, Volkswagen has announced its ID 3 electric car which is a compact c segment is a great example of zero-emission four-wheelers. With sustainable drive, Volkswagen ID 3 provides a smooth, responsive and fun driving experience. ID.3 with around 28,000 units of sale had become the second most registered car in Europe in December.
While we look for its technical specifications it is equipped with a 58 kWh battery 107 kW/145 PS. It can accelerate 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 9.6 seconds and can charge 5%-80% in just 35 minutes with a DC3 100 kW charger. With an AC 1 phase 7.2 kW, it takes 9 hours 30 minutes to charge 100%. It provides a top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h).
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