Week in Brief: Green plates for Electric Vehicle in Delhi, Ola Electric & BSES to set up EV Battery Swapping Stations and more


EESL, REIL Gets Enormous Number Of Orders For EV Charging Stations

Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd. (REIL) and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) have bagged a significant chunk of orders orders for setting up more than 2,500 e-vehicle charging stations in about 90 cities across the country. No private sector company has qualified. About 50 bids were received from private companies for tenders floated under the Centre’s second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME II) scheme, but the companies did not qualify as they had to bid through nominated agencies for the states, sources said. Of the Rs 10,000 crore Fame II scheme, Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked as subsidy for setting up the charging stations. The Department of Heavy Industry received a total of 100 bids from public and private companies in response to tenders for setting up public charging stations for electric vehicles.

EESL To Partner With SDMC To Increase EV Infrastructure In Delhi

Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture under Ministry of Power, Government of India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) a civic body under Municipal Corporation of Delhi, to establish charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in SDMC area over a 10-year period. They will install around 75 charging stations in the SDMC area. Under the terms outlined in the MoU, EESL and SDMC will work together in order to fast track the adoption of e-Mobility in Delhi.  Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL and Shri Gyanesh Bharti, Municipal Commissioner, SDMC signed the MoU in presence of R.K Singh, Minister of Power and Anil Baijal, Lt.Governor, Government of NCT of Delhi.

Kinetic Green & Autoline Ind Partner To Develop E-Cycles

Kinetic green, a Pune based electric vehicle maker declared that it has partner with an auto component maker Autoline Industries for joint development and marketing of e-cycles. According to the agreement, Autoline will undertake the development of the electric cycle critical assemblies with almost 100 per cent localisation. Both the companies have successfully developed first two models, called the ‘E-Speed’ which will be available to the customers from the next month in the price range of Rs. 24,999. Arun Firodia the Chairman of Kinetic Group also urged the government to extend the subsidy incemtives under the FAME-II scheme to e-cycle segment as well which are currently only for electric two-wheeler and three-wheeler besides cars.E-Speed will be assembled at Autoline Industries in Pune plant. It has the capacity to build 1,000 such cycles per month and it can be further expanded up to 10,000 units per month, stated the release. These Lithium-ion batteries-equipped e-cycles comes with a top speed of 25 kmph and can run 30 km on a single charge. The battery gets fully charged in three hours, it can also be detached which could be carried to home to charge it on a simple domestic socket. These cycles will be marketed through Kinetic green. Initially the company plans to introduce two variants and will later introduce more models as per market demand.

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EESL In Plans To Float Tender For E-Luxury Cars In January

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), state run, is in plans to float a tender for the utilization of electric luxury cars, probably in the range of Rs. 25 Lakh each, which it plans to lease out to cab aggregators like Ola and Uber said the people who are aware about the development. “EESL may go for a small procurement of 200 cars, to be used in the shared-mobility segment,” quoted a source aware about the development. However, both Ola and Uber declined to comment about the development. The tender has been planned to be floated around January 2020 when companies like BMW might launch their electric cars in India. Blu Smart promoter Anmol Singh Jaggi said that it has a requirement of around 100 luxury SUVs, which it wants to deploy in its existing fleet of over 500 electric sedans it procured from EESL. “EESL is also expected to generate demand for these cars from central ministries and PSUs,” said a second source.

Bajaj Auto Invests Rs 57 Crore In E-Mobility Provider Yulu

On 26th November, Bajaj Auto Ltd (BAL) said that it is investing about Rs. 57 Crore in shared e-mobility service provider Yulu 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 consider facilitating the vehicle finance needs of Yulu for a large-scale deployment of its micro-mobility electric vehicles. Consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has been limited due to practical factors like range anxiety and availability. On the other hand, improving asset utilisation of the existing class of vehicles with shared mobility platforms has not been able to reduce the dual problem of traffic congestion and pollution in a significant way. With its Internet of Things (IoT) enabled EV fleet and machine learning-driven network intelligence, Yulu is solving the demand-supply problem and growing its footprint in a sustainable manner.

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MG Motor India & Exicom Partner For Second-Life Use Of ZS EV Batteries

On 26th November, MG Motor India partnered with Exicom Tele-System for second-life use of ZS EV Batteries. Under the partnership plans to re-deploy MG ZS EV batteries at the end of their useful 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, the company said in a statement. The President & MD, MG Motor India, Rajeev Chaba, said “Our latest partnership focuses on second-life applications for used EV battery packs, to ensure environment-friendly battery disposal will only serve to bolster the country’s progress towards this critical objective.” The ZS EV battery packs will be recycled and will not be sent to landfill sites. This step will also ensure the re-use of used EV battery packs which will also reduce the dependence on the limited resources which are available around the globe.  

Ola Electric & BSES Partner To Set Up EV Battery Swapping Stations in Delhi

Ola Electric and BSES Discoms will set up battery swapping and charging stations in the national capital. An organization proclamation said that while BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) will set-up the station in South and West Delhi, BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) will do so in East and Central Delhi. The agreement, substantial for a period of three years, is a first of its kind in Delhi. These EV Battery Swapping Stations will be set-up at mutually recognized areas. Electric vehicles (two and three wheelers and E Rickshaws) will be able to utilise these stations. Some of these stations will likewise have an arrangement for charging electric vehicles, the BSES statement said. Acoording to the agreement, Ola Electric will manage and operate these stations through a cloud based software system. On its part, BSES will facilitate in identification of key locations for battery swapping (and charging) stations, depending upon the optimum utilization and capability of electric vehicles in the area, the statement included.

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AI, Data & India’s Electric Vehicle Policy

The worldwide energy depletion crisis and the ongoing climate change calls for an immediate global transition to renewable energy alternatives such as the EV technology. The Indian government has recently declared that it plans on building an EV charging station after every three km in its bid by the year 2030. These are constructive steps undertaken by the government policymakers and the automobile sector in order to steer a nationwide shift to the EV technology. Presently the latest technological developments such as Data sciences, AI and the internet of things (IoT) are delivering disruptive breakthroughs in the EV sector by building the foundation stone for an all-electric future.

Green Registration Plates For Electric Vehicles In Delhi

In Delhi the Electric vehicles have started using green-coloured registration plates, this was made mandatory by the transport department in order to distinguish them from fuel-run vehicles. “The Centre had recently issued an order to make it compulsory for all electric vehicles to have green registration plates. So, the new electric vehicles are coming with green plates.” Said a senior transport department official. The number plates consist of a green background with white font for private vehicles and yellow font for commercial vehicles. He also added that, currently the old electric vehicles don’t have these registration plates, they can get these new plates from their vehicle dealers.

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