September 25, 2020

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Top 36 collaborations to boost electric vehicles industry

Top 36 collaborations to boost electric vehicles

Top 36 collaborations to boost electric vehicles industry

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular every day. We are also witnessing their growth as its sales have improved even more during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People have now gained more trust in electric vehicles than before. However, there are some challenges for electric vehicles growth due to lack of charging infrastructure, cost of electric vehicles, range anxieties and many such issues that are hindering the rapid growth of electric vehicles.

But we must appreciate the efforts of the Government, manufacturers, dealers, startups, etc who are constantly making efforts and keep looking for new ways to provide the consumers with best results of their products. There are many manufacturers and companies making efforts to boost the electric vehicles industry by collaborating with other companies to provide better solutions to the EV industry. In this article, you will be able to know Top 36 collaborations to boost electric vehicles industry

Top 36 collaborations to boost electric vehicles industry

Hitachi ABB partners Ashok Leyland launches Fleet EV charging system

Hitachi ABB Power Grids launched its Grid-eMotion Fleet EV charging system for large scale public transports and commercial fleets. It is planning to bring technology to India with the partnership of Ashok Leyland. Ashok Leyland earlier this year has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB to develop a pilot electric bus based on the latter’s flash-charge technology, Grid-eMotion Flash solution, commonly known as TOSA.

The Grid eMotion fleet is a grid to plug the EV charging system. It is particularly designed for large scale public transport and commercial fleets like electric buses.

Volvo Cars & Waymo partners for self-driving EVs

Waymo an American autonomous driving technology development company and the Volvo cars Group have announced their partnership to develop a self-driving electric vehicle designed for the ride-hailing purpose as part of a global partnership. It will be an exclusive global partner for Volvo Cars for developing self-driving vehicles which can be driven safely without routine driver intervention.

Hero Electric partners with Autovert Tech for EV subscription-based financing plans

Hero Electric, a leading electric two-wheelers manufacturer has announced its partnership with a fintech company, Autovert Technologies for subscription-based financing plans for its electric two-wheelers.

As per the agreement, the Hero Electric customers can avail of all-inclusive subscription plans starting at ₹2,999 per month along with bundled services such as comprehensive insurance, service and maintenance, loyalty bonuses and attractive upgrade options, the company said in a statement.

The Autovert will use the internet of things (IoT)-based technology platform called ‘Autovert Plug’ to manage the vehicle. The Autovert Plug Subscription plan has been launched with some of the selected dealers in Bengaluru on a pilot basis before it launches all over India.

Ampere Vehicles partners OTO Capital & Autovert Tech, offers lease & subscription plans

The Ampere Vehicles has recently partnered with India’s first start-up OTO Capital to offer vehicles on leasing plans to the customers. The customers can take its benefits of leasing option from August 1, 2020, exclusively in Bangalore. By the end of this year, the company is also planning to extend the lease services to Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai and Cochin.

It has also partnered with Autovert Technologies, a Fintech company to launch a battery subscription plan through an IoT-backed platform. With this partnership subscription plan, the customers can buy a high-speed e-scooter Magnus Pro by paying as less as Rs. 49,990 (ex-showroom price Rs 73,990), whilst opting for a monthly battery subscription of Rs 1,990.

Tata AutoComp partners US firm to set up EV charging stations

Tata AutoComp Systems tied up with the US-based Tellus Power Green to set up electric vehicle charging stations in the country. Both the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply AC and DC fast chargers for two-wheelers, three-wheelers, passenger and commercial vehicles.

TataComp Systems has partnered with Prestolite Electric Beijing Ltd to design, engineer, manufacture and supply powertrain solutions for the Indian electric vehicles market. The joint venture will be able to access to technologies for various powertrain products such as motors, controllers and as well as integrated drivetrain (integrated motor, inverter and transmission).

Amara Raja and Gridtential Energy partners for Bipolar Battery Technology

An Indian multinational conglomerate company, Amara Raja Batteries has partnered with Gridtential Energy for bipolar battery technology.

The Gridtential Energy is the inventor of the silicon joule bipolar battery technology which has dual benefits such as traditional lead-acid batteries performance and the life cycle of lithium-ion batteries.

Both the companies under this partnership will assemble and test reference batteries using Amara Raja’s active material and work on the improvements in their life cycle, energy density, efficiency, charging rates, and manufacturability.

The Gridtential will provide non-exclusive licenses for its silicon joule technology to the manufacturing partners to adopt the facilities to provide high-performance batteries such as 24V and 48V batteries for hybrid automotive, energy storage systems, home backup markets and low-speed electric vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover India partners Tata Power for EV charging solutions

Jaguar Land Rover India has announced its partnership with Tata Power to offer electric vehicles charging solutions. Tata Power will offer charging solutions for Jaguar Land Rover in India across its 27 retail networks in 24 cities at customer’s office or homes. Jaguar Land Rover India partners Tata Power to provide EV charging solutions in India.

Tata Power will provide AC and DC chargers with the capacity from 7 kW to 50 kW. With this partnership, we can clearly say that Jaguar is all set to launch the I-Pace in India. Earlier in March 2019, the company confirmed the I-Pace arrival to India. It will be the company’s first electric step in India which will pave the way for more such cars as also plug-in hybrids.

BSES Yamuna partners EV Motors for EV charging infrastructure

To promote the green mobility in the country, an electric vehicles startup, EV Motors India announced that it has signed an MoU with BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) to set up and operate charging stations for electric vehicles at selected locations under the jurisdiction of BYPL.

The joint venture said that this partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the city. EVM and BYPL together will create, operate and maintain the EV charging stations using PlugNgo’s innovative cloud-based integrated software platform. BYPL will cater power needs of 1.7 Mn customers in East and Central Delhi the company said in a release.

Avis India partners with quikk for EVs fleet

Avis India made an announcement that it has partnered with quikk India to provide corporate electric mobility services.

As per the partnership, both the companies have developed an innovative, integrated AI-based model that combines transportation services with affordable charging infrastructure solutions.
The partnership wants to transform the EV space even more like in developing battery performance and reducing the cost of EVs in the next 12-18 months said Avis India.

Toyota partners Panasonic to develop Prismatic Batteries for EVs

Toyota and Panasonic have joined their hands to form a joint venture specialising in automotive prismatic batteries for electric vehicles.

This joint venture is named as Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, Inc. The decision was announced by the companies as they concluded a business integration contract and formed a joint venture to establish a new company.

In both the companies, Toyota holds 51% of the stake and Panasonic 49%.
These Prismatic batteries offer alternative energy for automobiles and other forms of e-mobility which can solve the environmental concerns and becomes an important role in driving the e-mobility ecosystem.

IndianOil partners Phinergy to develop ultra-lightweight metal-air batteries

The State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Israeli battery developer Phinergy Ltd for developing ultra-lightweight metal-air batteries which can be used in electric vehicles (EVs). Let us read further about the IndianOil partners Phinergy.

The IOC and Phinergy will form a joint venture in India to collaborate in developing aluminium air battery system which includes research & development, customisation, manufacturing, assembly, sale and service of aluminium-air energy systems technology.

The joint venture intends to set up a factory in India to manufacture aluminium-air batteries for electric vehicles and stationary applications and facilitate the development of eco-system for Al-Air technology. 

BPCL partners Kinetic Green & IIT Madras launched ‘e-drive initiative’

The oil marketing giant, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has launched an ‘e-drive initiative’ an electric three-wheeler mobility model.

It has partnered with electric vehicles manufacturer Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Ltd and IIT Madras for technology support. BPCL has brought an on-stream supply of swappable lithium-ion batteries at its retail outlets in Kochi and Lucknow in the first phase for electric three-wheelers.

Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Limited have signed an MoU with the MahaMetro to provide last mile connectivity with their e-rickshaws to the commuters. Kinetic Energy will provide its electric three-wheelers ‘Kinetic Safar.’

MG Motors Partners Umicore for recycling used Li-ion batteries

MG Motors India Pvt Ltd announced its partnership with Umicore, a lithium battery recycling solutions provider for effective life cycle management of the lithium-ion batteries to be used in the e-ZS electric vehicle.

MG Motors had also made a partnership with Exicom to effectively make use of used lithium-ion batteries that can be used in its electric vehicles. The company says that these battery packs can be used in applications such as home inverters, commercial and industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage.
MG’s partnership with eChargeBays is the latest among the series of alliances with EV charging players who are aimed in creating a dynamic charging infrastructure across the country.

The MG Motor India has already partnered with Fortum and Delta Electronics India for the fast charging and slow charging segments, respectively.

Volvo partners Plugsurfing to provide charging points in Europe

it has partnered charging firm Plugsurfing to provide charging infrastructure. The Swedish brand plans to implement access to public charging points in 38 countries on the Plugsurfing platform. The partnership eliminates the charging issues and provides sufficient charging points. The Plugsurfing account includes every fully electric Volvo Recharge model in Europe. It gives access to numerous local charging networks around Europe.

The electric vehicles users will be able to charge using with a contactless charge card or smartphone app at any of Plugsurfing’s 200,000+ supported charging points in 38 European countries.

Indian Oil partners overseas startup to build 1 GW EV battery plant

The State-run oil refiner Indian Oil Corporation Ltd will set up a 1 Giga Watt (GW) plant to make batteries for the electric vehicles in partnership with an overseas start-up using a non-lithium raw material which is available locally.
The agreement had been signed and they are waiting for the government clearance. It will be a manufacturing facility of battery to the scale. This facility will be built in phases starting with 25 MW or 50 MW and ramped up.

As per the Indian Oil’s director for Research and Development Dr. SS V Ram Kumar, this battery plant will focus on manufacturing India-centric, raw materials easily available in India and its recycling industry is well established in this country. He said that they will use “transition group of elements”.

IISc & Wipro partnership will make an electric autonomous car for India

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and IT major Wipro Ltd have joined their hands to make a driverless, autonomous car for Indian road conditions which is said to be rollout in March 2020. This effort is meant to take both to the frontiers of new technology such as automation, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and neuromorphic systems.

Lithium partners with Wipro offering employee transportation services

One of the leading and largest electric vehicles fleet operators, Lithium Urban Technologies has announced a partnership with Wipro to provide employee transportation service to the tech giants offices in India.

Toyota partnered with Suzuki to bring two-seater BEV

The Toyota Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) is a two-seater mobility solution specially designed for maneuverability and also targeted older people. It is the first Electric Vehicle under the Toyota-Suzuki partnership. Toyota is bringing the BEV in partnership with Suzuki, which means this could be the first EV in the Toyota-Suzuki partnership

Kinetic Green developing e-cycles partners with Autoline Ind

Kinetic Green, a Pune based electric vehicles manufacturer partnered with auto component maker Autoline Industries to develop and also do marketing of e-cycles. The Autoline will undertake the development of the electric cycle component assemblies that will be 100 per cent local.

The partnership succeeds in developing their first two models such as E-Speed which will be available in the market from next month onwards at a price of Rs 24,999. The Kinetic Group Chairman Arun Firodia said that Kinetics aim is to bring a wide range of innovative and affordable electric vehicles to the Indian mass market.

Napino partners US Co to make lithium-ion battery packs for 2W and 3W in India

Gurgaon based Napino Auto & Electronics Ltd signed an agreement with the US-based Farasis Energy Inc to manufacture Lithium-ion battery packs for 2W and 3W in India.

The agreement between both companies will combine work and develop their business in India. The Napino will use its automative experience in the production of components and will bring its strong supply chain to offer an optimal solution for the Indian market.

EV Infrastructure establishment in AMC partners EESL

EV Infrastructure establishment in AMC partners EESL. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) entered into a partnership under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
The MoU of understanding is signed yesterday to work together to adopt e-mobility in Ahmedabad by setting up around 100 public charging stations and promote EVs on rental and purchase bases in AMC area.

Automobili Pininfarina partnered with Naim for audio system in e-supercar Battista

The luxury electric vehicles company Automobili Pininfarina part of Mahindra Group has made an announcement that it has partnered with Naim Audio, an in-car sound system provider for its all-electric supercar Battista. The partnership has been made as the company is preparing a small fleet of prototypes of the hypercar for the final stage of a rigorous test programme which is starting in August.

RevFin & EVI Technologies partnered to give finance to e-rickshaws & e-two-wheelers

Electric vehicles charging infrastructure company EVI Technologies have partnered with RevFin, digital lending startup and electric three-wheeler makers Saarthi and Mayuri. The RevFin will finance e-rickshaws and e-two wheelers along with swappable battery solutions provided by EVI Technologies. The partnership will majorly cover states like Delhi-NCR, UP, Chhattisgarh, Haryana.

The companies aim to provide easy, cost-effective and eco-friendly last-mile transportation services. The EVI’s battery swapping solution and the only digital lending start-up in India to provide finance in the EV sector. This partnership will provide a sustainable mobility ecosystem, its easy low-cost finance will help in creating clean energy in especially in tier 2 and 3 cities.

EESL signed an agreement with Noida Authority for EV charging stations

To promote electric vehicles (EVs) and install public EV charging stations and related infrastructure the EESL has signed an agreement with Noida Authority.

This partnership will also deal with the creation of an infrastructural ecosystem to increase the e-mobility in India. As per the agreement the EESL will make an investment on services to the agreement along with the operation and maintenance of public charging infrastructure by qualified manpower.

Noida Authority will be responsible for providing space for installing charging infrastructure. The initiative is said to save over 3.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions per e-car per year, the statement said. Noida Authority has been sanctioned 162 public EV charging stations under the FAME India Scheme phase-II of Department of Heavy Industry (DHI).

India & Australia collaborated to produce cheaper lithium batteries

To promote the adoption of electric vehicles and to make it less expensive the Monash University, the India Institute of Technology Bombay-Monash Research Academy, and Deakin University collaborated and showed how inexpensive materials can be used in making high-performance batteries for the future.

This research aims to develop affordable high-performance batteries and it is a part of a longer-term collaboration between the Monash, Deakin and the ITTB funded through an Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) project.

Tata Power & MG Motor partnered to install 50kW DC superfast chargers

The Tata Power and MG Motor India partnered to install 50 kW DC superfast chargers. Both the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As per the MoU, the Tata Power will deploy 50kW DC superfast chargers at selected dealerships of MG Motors India all over India which will cater the end-to-end electric vehicle charging solutions.

Faradion partnered with IPLTech to develop sodium-ion batteries for India

A British based company, a sodium-ion battery technology leader has announced a new partnership with Infraprime Logistics Technologies (IPLTech) for its high energy sodium-ion batteries to use in commercial vehicles in the Indian market.

Okaya Power collaborated with CharIN E.V

Okaya Power has made an announcement that it has become a core member of the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN E.V.) which is an open coalition of world-class firms within the electric vehicle (EV) industry. This moved is taken to support the Combined Charging System (CCS) as a global standard for EV charging which focuses on charging and promoting eco-friendly mobility in the country.

The Okaya has joined CharIN to contribute to the global electric mobility revolution as it is expert in developing EV chargers which use the latest technology and communication standards. It includes the Combined Charging solution (CCS)- CharIN and CHAdeMO, a quick charging standard for electric vehicles.

Sahara India EVOLS partnered with Hero Electric

The Sahara India Pariwar’s Sahara EVOLS partnered with the Hero Electric to launch a high-speed electric scooter AE-75. The scooter was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 by Hero Electric. This year Auto Expo has noted unveiling of many green vehicles and large numbers of manufacturers and many more automotive industry concerned people. The electric scooter, AE-75 is manufactured as a joint venture of Sahara India and Hero Electric.

Tata AutoComp Systems partnered with Prestolite Electric Beijing for EV powertrain solutions

India’s leading auto-component conglomerate, TataComp Systems has partnered with Prestolite Electric Beijing Ltd to design, engineer, manufacture and supply powertrain solutions for Indian electric vehicles market.

The joint venture will be able to access to technologies for various powertrain products such as motors, controllers and as well as integrated drivetrain ( integrated motor, inverter and transmission).

Tata AutoComp will contribute its offerings in EV industry with its products such as motors, controllers, integrated drivetrain (integrated motor, inverter and reducer), battery pack, BMS, battery thermal management system, batter cooling plates, inverter cooling modules, chillers, e-compressors, radiators and electric vehicles chargers.

ABB Power & Ashok Leyland signed MoU to develop e-buses for India

Ashok Leyland has made an announcement that it has signed an MoU with ABB Power to develop e-buses for India. This MoU will develop a pilot electric bus based on the flash-charge technology which allows charging of the battery within seconds.

The joint venture will develop pilot electric bus which is based on ABB’s innovative flash charge technology, TOSA which will charge up the battery in just a few seconds while passengers get on and off the bus. This means electric bus drivers need not worry about charging time as it charges in seconds. It helps to avoid the need to pull the e-bus out of the service for recharging every few hours.

EVI signed MoU with BSNL to set up EV charging/swap stations

A New Delhi based electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure startup EVI Technologies made an announcement that it has signed an MoU for ten years with the telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to install battery swapping and EV charging stations in five thousand locations of BSNL which will cover the major cities, state and national highways in India.

BSNL will provide space and power connections for the installation of battery swapping infrastructure. Whereas EVIT will look after the entire operation and maintenance of the battery swapping and EV charging infrastructure.
The partnership will install over 100 battery swapping and public chargers at each location.

MG Motor India join hands with Exicom for Re-Use of EV Batteries

MG Motor India join hands with Exicom for the Re-Use of Electric Vehicle Batteries. Under the partnership, Exicom plans to re-deploy MG ZS EV batteries at the end of their life with the car and put them through a controlled process of evaluation, disassembly, and repackaging to design custom battery packs for non-automotive applications.

As a result, the ZS EV’s battery packs, at the end of their useful life, will be recycled instead of being sent to landfill sites and would be used in automotive applications. The re-use of used EV battery packs will also reduce the dependence on the limited resources available on the earth. These recycled battery packs will be used in a host of non-automotive applications such as home inverters, commercial & industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage.

Bajaj Auto & Yulu join hands to bring a micro-mobility revolution

Bajaj Auto & Yulu join hands to bring a micro-mobility revolution. Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL), the leading automaker of India, has joined hands with Yulu, the largest shared e-mobility service provider, to transform urban commute in India.

Yulu will source from Bajaj electric two-wheelers which have been co-designed and manufactured exclusively for shared micro-mobility. Bajaj will also facilitate the vehicle finance needs of YULU for a large scale deployment of its micro-mobility electric vehicles.

With this partnership, Yulu will consolidate its leadership position in the shared electric micro-mobility space and help accelerate the adoption of Electric Vehicles in India. Yulu is driving this change in India by building an ecosystem of EV led micro-mobility and aims to expand it’s services to 8 Mega Cities and select smart cities under Smart Cities Mission.

Magenta Power Join hands with Lodha Group on Zero Emission Mission

Magenta Power, a pioneer in establishing the EV Ecosystem in India ties up with Lodha Group, listed amongst the coveted real estate developer, encouraging Green building Solutions, with complete end to end electric mobility charging solutions in their upcoming projects at Dombivli and Thane, Mumbai.

Under the partnership, ChargeGrid will install it’s Electric Vehicle Charging Solution-ChargeGrid Pro Chargers delivering installation to charging support, round the clock service, maintenance support and remote vehicle charging monitoring & e-payments through the ChargeGrid Mobile application based on iOS & Android platforms. The Chargers shall be designed and installed for all kinds of two-wheelers & three-wheeler, that comply with the Global Charging Standard.

IIT Hyderabad collaborated with ItsEV Inc to develop Li-ion batteries

IIT Hyderabad, The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad collaborated with ItsEV Inc to develop lithium-ion batteries for various applications which also includes electric vehicles. Both the companies IITH and ItsEV are expecting to make a superior lithium-ion battery comparing to the existing ones in India.

A research group led by Surendra K. Martha, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Hyderabad showed that high-energy lithium-ion batteries have double energy than the batteries produced in 2018. The researchers also demonstrated the 100-200 mAh sodium-ion cells at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory in Hyderabad.

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