Week in Brief: Electric Chetak launched, Chandigarh EVs plans and more


Rajiv Bajaj launches electric Chetak

EV Two wheeler new businesses are back in centre after Bajaj launched their product Chetak in the electric vehicle segment. While Hero MotoCorp, has invested in Bengaluru – based electric bike start up Ather Energy. While Micromax prime supporter Rahul Sharma launched electric motorcycles branded Revolt. As per Rajiv Bajaj, the vehicle would not be costing higher than Rs. 1.5 lakh. He likewise cleared that the expectation of launching this bike isn’t to earn profit however to be prepared for future. Nonetheless, the organization won’t get into making batteries or creating charging infrastructure to promote the venture.

Chandigarh plans to register only EVs after 2030

With the enthusiasm around electric mobility developing in India, numerous states are planning to adopt mass-scale electric mobility, with some needing to take a lead. One such area is the Union Territory, Chandigarh. The administration has arranged a draft of EV Policy. Chandigrah has become the recent entrant in the list of states in India which have a draft of EV Policy, the other states being Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. The city is proposed to become a Smart city and has already taken some steps to adopt electric mobility. The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has applied for a tender of 40 electric buses and charging stations. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has fixed Rs 4 for each unit and Rs 100 as a fixed month to month charge on power bill for the charging stations.

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32 charging stations to be availed by Thiruvananthapuram for e-Vehicles

With a target to promote e-mobility in the district, 32 charging stations will be installed for electric vehicles in Thiruvananthapuram.  The government has accorded administrative sanction for the project taken up as part of its electric vehicle policy. According to the policy, the state has targeted to introduce one million electric vehicles on the road by 2022. Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) was appointed as the nodal agency for setting up electronic-vehicle charging stations. KSEB has submitted a proposal to install charging stations at 185 locations in six cities in the state. The government has currently considered the proposal by KSEB as a pilot project and decided to install 32 charging stations with six charging points each in Thiruvananthapuram.

Hyundai Gets The Order From EESL For The Electric Vehicle Kona

Recently it was revealed that the Union Government had placed initial orders with Hyundai for its first electric SUV- the Kona. Kona was launched in July of this year by the company and it managed to garner 152 bookings for this vehicle hence showing the interest of the people for electric cars. The reduction of GST rate on electric vehicles from 12% to 5%, hence the price of the Kona has been estimated as Rs. 23.71 lakhs (ex-showroom). Kona electric is already being used by Power and new and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh, and NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh. The reports suggest that the government officials were not happy with the range and the performance on offer.

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Hero Electric To Partner With CSC E-Governance To Promote E-Mobility In Rural India

Hero electric partnered with CSC e-governance Serviced India Limited in order to promote electric mobility in rural areas and in areas which are relatively under developed. Being a part of this partnership Hero electric will provide its eco-friendly products to the CSC E-Governance to further reach rural areas and promote electric mobility adoption. The CSC e-governance will further provide these electric vehicles to the rural areas through their own channels for them to access and adapt to smarter and green mobility solutions. Currently CSCE has 250,000 centers in collaboration with gram panchayat and 150,000 centers in urban cities.

Electric Vehicle Charging Software EV Connect Raises $12 Million

EV Connect, the company which is based out in Los Angeles sells a software which manages electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity fund. The company has raised about $25 million till now. EV Connect is a cloud based platform and has open standard architecture which is designed to be a hardware agnostic. EV connect focuses to provide a variety of hardware vendors a way to monitor, manage and maintain charging stations.

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Maruti: Will Not Be Commercially Launching EV For Personal Use Next Year

Maruti Suzuki India, the car market leader announced on Thursday that it will not be launching electric cars commercially, for personal use next year, because of the lack of infrastructure and government support. The company had earlier announced its plan to launch an electric car basis WagonR by 2020, said by next year the vehicle will be at a stage which can go to the next stage of trials and testing, however it is not going to be launched for public use as of now.

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