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Week In Brief: BYD Plans Electric Cargo Vehicles For India, MG Motors & Suzuki Get Ready For EV Launches, EESL Slashes Tender And More

BYD Is Willing To Sell Electric Cargo Vehicles In India, After Electric Buses

BYD Auto, world’s largest makers of electric vehicles, is planning to enter the electric cargo vehicle segment in India and has already signed an agreement with a domestic company ETO Motors to assemble its vehicle there. The company is already selling electric buses in India in partnership with Hyderabad-based Olectra Greentech. During September, it was reported that the company was in search of local partners in the country for its electric cargo vans to stretch its rams beyond electric buses.The agreement with ETO Motors is exclusive and the partnership will focus on developing electric cargo three- and four-wheelers for the Indian market.

Tata Power And Zoomcar For EV Fleet

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), power discom has revealed a pilot project to switch to an electric vehicle fleet for its operations and maintenance work by teaming up with Zoomcar. The project is planned out in phased manner, at first 12 electric vehicles of Zoomcars will be utilized for Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) operation and maintenance actvities, including installation of smart meters in North Delhi, TPDDL. Sanjay Banga, CEO of TPDDL, said the initiative is intended to support and complement the government’s procedure and strive to reduce the reliance on petrol and diesel vehicles and move to electric vehicles.

MG MOTOR In Plans To Launch An Affordable EV In 3-4 Yrs, To Set Up Battery Unit Here

MG Motor India, is in plans to roll out an affordable electric vehicle in three to four years as it looks forward to gain leadership in the EV segment a top official said. The company is set to launch MG ZS EV electric SUV early next year, will also set up a battery assembly unit for electric vehicles sold in the local market within two years. Rajeev Chaba also quoted that they want to be the leading player in the EV sector. As a first step towards this, the company owned by Chinese firm SAIC Motor, will start assembling ZS EV in the country.

EESL Slashes Electric Vehicles Order By 70% To Just 3,000 On Andhra Cancellation

EESL a Central government’s electric programme initiative has scaled down its electric car order by 70% to 3,000 units blaming its largest customer Andhra for the crisis as the present Jaganmohan Reddy government has cancelled the orders placed by the previous Chandrababu Naidu administration. EESL had placed an order of 10,000 electric sedans in 2017 from Tata Motors (Tigor) and Mahindra (Verito) after a lenthy bidding process by March 2019. Of the total order, the companies have completed delivery of 2,000 units so far (most by Tata Motors), EESL managing director Saurabh Kumar said.

Suzuki To Start Testing E-Scooter In India Next Year

With the growing push towards EMobility, Suzuki Motor’s two-wheeler unit may start testing the e-scooter on the streets of India by next year. However, they will wait till the infrastructure develops before they start marketing the product. When the company eventually launches its electric two-wheelers in India, it stands to benefit from the EV infrastructure of Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker and Suzuki Motor’s cash cow.

Honda’s CEO, Electric Vehicles Won’t Be Mainstream

A media report claims that Honda’s CEO, Takahiro Hachigo quoted that Electric vehiles won’t be mainstream despite the push by the government and the auto manufacturers across the globe. According to the reports, Hachigo said that “The hurdles to battery electric vehicles and complete autonomous driving are still quite high.” He further commented about Honda’s electrification strategy, he quoted that the brand will have its focus on the petrol-electric hybrids, not BEVs, through 2030. Also, he said Honda will prioritize incremental advances that offer real-world safety at affordable prices, instead of fancy functions and pricy lidar systems, claims the report.

Kartarpur Corridor To Get Electric Vehicles

Republic Motors, Jalandhar based electric three-wheeler manufacturer was selected by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Land Ports Authority of India to provide electric vehicles for the Kartarpur Corridor to enable 5K Indian passengers to commute daily. The corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, on November 9th 2019. This corridor allows Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. The company will be providing with six campus electric carts as a pilot and will provide more vehicles if required. The campus vehicles are nine-seater electric carts that can go up to 110 kms on a single charge.  These electric carts will start from the terminal or Integrated Check Post which starts from the India side to point O, which is at the India-Pakistan border.

Bus maker From Haryana Plans To Invest INR 500 Cr In Electric Manufacturing Unit

Foton PMI, Haryana based bus manufacturer unveils that the company will be investing INR 500 Cr to manufacture electric buses in India. This manufacturing will remain a joint venture between Foton PMI and Chinese automaker Beiqi Foton Motor. According to this, the joint venture will set up its new electric bus manufacturing unit in Pune in the next two to three years.

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