electric vehicles news this month-January
electric vehicles news this month
Launch of a new manufacturing plant with 400 MWh capacity
India’s leading lithium-ion battery technology provider Grinntech has announced the launch of its larger manufacturing plant. The facility is built on a one-acre plot located in Chennai’s Ambattur Industrial Estate and will have the capacity to produce 400 MWh per year which is used for electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers, farm tractors and light vehicles.
Grinntech had signed an MoU with the Government of Tamil Nadu involving an investment of Rs. 100 Crores.
Ola partners Siemens to set up India’s most advanced EV manufacturing plant
Ola and Siemens have made an announcement that both the companies are collaborating to set up India’s most advanced electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu. Ola signed an agreement to invest Rs 2,400 crore with the Tamil Nadu government.
The completion of the factory will create almost 10,000 employment opportunities. It will be the world’s largest scooter manufacturing facility that will have an annual capacity of 2 million units at the initial stages. There will be around 5,000 robots will be deployed across various functions.
Budget 2021 to be announced on February 1, 2021
The budget will be for the new financial year which starts from 1 April 2021 will be presented on 1 February 2021 by India’s Honorable Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Through the Union Budget, many sectors have high hopes for government support to recover the losses caused by the pandemic.
The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has asked Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to either rejig the FAME II scheme or reintroduce FAME I. Seeks reduction of GST on EVs sold without battery.
Electric tractor launched-Sonalika Electric Tiger
A Hoshiarpur, Punjab based leading tractor manufacturer and supplier in India Sonalika tractors have launched their first electric tractor ‘Sonalika Tiger Electric’ in the Indian market.
It is a powerful electric tractor with an 11 kW induction motor. This tractor can run continuously run for 8 hours with 210 trolley load and comes under 35 horsepower. It is equipped with a 25.5 kW lithium-ion battery and is powered with an 11 kW induction motor. It provides a top speed of 24.93 kmph, as it is a low-speed vehicle it doesn’t require any license or registrations.
The price of this electric tractor is 5.99 lakh (Ex-showroom) rupees and it is available for pre-booking.
Sondors Metacycle electric motorcycle debuts
Sondors an electric bikes manufacturer has unveiled its first foray into the world of electric motorcycles. The electric motorcycle is called ‘Metacycle’ which provides a range of 130 km (80 miles). Sondors Metacycle electric motorcycle is specially built for urban use and heavy traffics.
While looking for its technical terms, it has a single hub motor capable of 20 hp and 8 kW. It provides a top speed of 80 mph. It is equipped with a 4000-watt hour 72-volt battery that can be charged using a 110-volt wall outlet in 4 hours.
The Metacycle is supposed to be released in the third quarter of 2021. It is said to be the most affordable electric motorcycle which is priced at $5,000 USD that is Rs.3.66 lakhs.
India’s first long-distance touring electric bike
Its specifications include, its rated power is 18kW, max power 24kW and max torque is 64 Nm and its top speed is 110 kmph and provides a range of 180 km. It comes with a 10 kWh battery with 72V voltage with a peak power of 400A. It has an axial flux brushed DC motor and has a passive air cooling system.
Indian Oil Corporation issued tender for 15 fuel cell electric buses
The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has issued a tender for 15 hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell electric buses to be supplied at its research and development centre in Faridabad, Haryana.
The electric buses must be delivered in 144 weeks. IOC did not specify an earnest money deposit (EMD) requirement for the tender. The deadline for bid submission was January 25, 2020.
The successful bidders have to supply 15 homologated buses. The electric buses must be nine-meter-long buses, and five must be 12 meters long. The buses must be designed as per the climatic conditions as per the Delhi-National Capital Region.
The bidders must have supplied at least two electric buses as a direct sale order or ten buses in the last 5 years. The bidders must have the facility to develop, manufacture, assemble, or fabricate PEM fuel cell stacks and systems in the country.
Hyundai in talks with Apple to develop an electric car
The dream brand of almost everyone ‘Apple’ and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co is in talks to build a “breakthrough” electric car that rivals with Tesla. Hyundai said it is having early discussions with the iPhone maker to discuss the plans about developing self-driving electric vehicles.
Hyundai will also develop the vehicle’s custom battery solution and battery operations will be handed off to Hyundai or Kia factories in the U.S.
Apple in last month claimed that it is developing next level battery technology to cut costs and increase potential driving range. This electric car may have a “monocell” design and new lithium iron phosphate chemical mixture as it is rumoured. The electric car and battery tie-up, sending Hyundai shares surging 25%.
Odysse Electric Vehicles launched a low-speed electric scooter E2Go
Odysse Electric Vehicles a homegrown electric two-wheeler manufacturing company has announced a launch of its new low-speed scooter, E2Go for the Indian market. The company is offering two variants E2Go and E2Go Lite that comes with a lead-acid battery and the lithium-ion battery. It is priced in India at 52,999 and ₹ 63,999 (ex-Showroom Ahmedabad) respectively.
Talking about its features and specifications, the Odysse E2Go comes with a 250 Watt, 60V BLDC motor (Waterproof) electric motor. The company is offering two types of battery options such as 1.26 kWh Lithium-ion battery and 28AH lead-acid battery.
It comes with an anti-theft mechanism and with a top speed of 25 kmph and ranges 60 km on a full charge. The battery can be fully charged in 3.5 to 4 hours. It has a telescopic front fork and dual spring hydraulic rear shock absorbers.
Bids invited for EV supply equipment for Kochi water metro
The Kerala government has invited bids for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for its water metro project in Kochi, Kerala. In that regard, the bids have been invited by the Kerala government. The Kochi Metro Rail Limited has formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) between the central government and the Kerala government.
The bidders are also responsible for the design, engineering, testing of manufacturer’s works, procurement, quality assurance, packing, erection in which it includes performance testing, and commissioning of fast charging DC electric vehicle charging stations with the capacity of 150 kW with CCS2 gun.
German funding agency KFW and the Kerala government will fund this project. The bidders can submit their bids till February 22, 2021, the last date of submission of the bids is February 22, 2021. The pre-bid meeting will be held on January 20 and the bids will be opened on February 24. Interested bidders will have to submit an amount of ₹1.75 million as the earnest money deposit.
Australia & AP to collaborate for lithium battery units in Andhra Pradesh
Industries and Commerce Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy has invited investors from Australia to open lithium battery units in Andhra Pradesh. The collaboration between Australia and Ap will bring great results in the fields of mining, electric vehicle and battery technology, infrastructure and financing, textiles and apparel.
All the buses of APSRTC will transform into electric 2029 and all government vehicles by 2024. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation will soon introduce electric buses to transport visiting pilgrims to Tirumala Hills where the famous temple of Lord Venkateswara is located, from Tirupati.
Electric 2W sales drop by 5.4% in India; raised triples in Germany
When the world is suffering from the huge economic losses due to global Covid19 pandemic, the sales of the electric two-wheelers have also affected. It declined by 5.4% year-on-year to 25,735 units in 2020 in India. According to the Society of Manufacturers of electric vehicle (SMEV), the supply of vehicles was also impacted due to disruptions in importing components from China.
The sales of electric vehicle in Germany, it has increased to three-fold to more than 194,000 units in 2020, the country’s road-traffic regulator said.
The sale of electric cars in Norway has jumped to 54.3% of all new cars sold in the Nordic country in 2020, a global record, up from 42.4% in 2019 and from a mere 1% of the overall market a decade ago, the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) said.
Relux electric inaugurates its 23rd charging point in India
A Tamil Nadu based EV charging facility provider and chargers manufacturer Relux Groups has inaugurated its 23rd charging point in India, and 10th DC fast charging outlet in Tamil Nadu at Rameshwaram, a very famous spiritual point and southern part of India.
Relux electric aims to open 500 DC fast charging Points within Dec 2022. Relux opens up another 5 DC charging outlets on NH44 in Tamil Nadu by January 2022.
Haryana inaugurates first electric charging station
Haryana has got its first electric charging station in the state was inaugurated at Panchkula on Monday by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary Tarun Kapoor. With this electric charging station, the free charging facility is available and is provided to all types of electric vehicles.
The department during the year 2021 will hire only electric vehicles. The department has been decided to install electric charging stations at 500 places in the state so that there is a charging station every three kilometres and national highways will also be included.
Singapore issued tender to set up 600 EV charging stations
Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Land Transport Authority have announced a pilot tender to set up electric charging stations for electric vehicles at public car parks in the city-state. The bids can be submitted till March 12, 2021, and the successful bidders will have to EV charging stations at their allocated car parks by the third quarter of 2022.
The tender includes the kind of work in the installation and operation of over 600 electric charging stations at more than 200 public car parks located at public housing estates, community centres, industrial estate, and public parks across the country.
Blacksmith Electric unveils new electric model started pre-orders
Blacksmith Electric has unveiled a new electric scooter model called B4 to its existing line up of electric motorcycles and scooters. The B4 model is specially designed for logistics, courier & food delivery.
The Chennai based automaker has now commenced its pre-bookings of its scooters. Its electric scooters line up includes B2, B3, B4 and B4+ and the vehicle can be pre-booked by just paying 1,000 and is refundable. B4 and B4+ are the new electric vehicles in the company’s line up. It had unveiled its B2 electric cruiser motorcycle in 2019.
The scooter is equipped with 5 KW AC motor which is powered with an NMC battery pack with Intelligent Bluetooth BMS which provides a range of 120 km. The peak torque is rated at 96Nm/14.5 KW. It is offering a top speed of 120 kmph and can be customizable to 60, 80, 100, 120 kmph. Its battery can be charged in 4 hours.
Pure EV develops AI system that detects battery issues
IIT Hyderabad-incubated startup Pure EV has made an announcement that it has developed Artificial Intelligence-driven hardware that can address the defects issues in the lithium-ion battery pack of electric vehicles. The company claims its a next-generation technology that the customers don’t need to visit a service centre to address the battery defects. It can be done at the customer’s home.
The system is known as ‘BaTRics Faraday,’ which does identify various defects in the battery and improves the electro-chemistry potential of the cells. There is no manual intervention required as the process is fully automated by the hardware.
Meet Maruti Omni digitally imagined as EV
The Maruti Omni has been digitally imagined into an electric on with the minimalistic design of the original. Rendering it is giving a futuristic look with more vibrant design and colour.
The electric Omni has been rendered by a student of Automobile Design, Shashank Shekhar. The next-generation Omni EV is just like the old ICE powered model and it comes with a boxy silhouette.
The EV Omni has some key features such as rectangular LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs in front. It is not having front grille and in front bumper has fog lamps. It has an air dam and its body is coloured with ORVMs with LED blinkers.
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