Week in Brief: Mahindra Funster EV Concept To Unveil At Auto Expo 2020, Tata Group in Plans to Set up charging stations, Standardising charging infrastructure critical for EV adoption in India and More

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Kubota’s Electric Tractor to be Driverless

Agricultural machinery manufacturer, Kubota has developed a driverless tractor that is fully electric. Known as X tractor, it has been designed as part of the company’s Agrirobo automated technology program. The company has not disclosed the details about it however, it looks like it has been inspired by Mars Rover. It gets power from lithium-ion battery packs and solar panels installed onboard. For autonomous driving, the tractor gets a host of sensors, cameras, GPS technology and an artificial intelligence-based guidance system, claims the company. It also says the tractor can monitor weather and growth rate of crops. Apart from that, it can perform tasks like seeding, harvesting and tilling.

Tata Motor Bets on EVs to Drive Growth in Passenger Vehicle Business

Tata Motors aims for its electric vehicle business to contribute around 10-15 per cent to the company’s overall passenger vehicle business in the next 4-5 years’ time. Bullish on the potential of the nascent EV market in the country, it also plans to more than double its business by next year, and grow much faster than the industry, says Shailesh Chandra, President – Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors. Tata Motors launched the Nexon EV at an introductory price starting at Rs 13,99,000 (ex-showroom) on Tuesday. The company’s first electric car for personal buyers uses Ziptron, its new electric vehicle technology platform. While China is home to the biggest EV market in the world, its EV penetration stands at around 3-4 per cent, Chandra pointed out. A high penetration level in EVs in India can happen much faster, even as the country lags behind China when it comes to the ecosystem preparedness for EVs, he added.

Mahindra Funster EV Concept To Unveil At Auto Expo 2020

Mahindra & Mahindra recently confirmed its EV product lineup for the Auto Expo 2020. According to a latest report, the carmaker will also unveil the all-new Mahindra Funster EV concept at the biennial event. The all-new Mahindra Funster EV will deliver a maximum power of around 313bhp (230kW) and accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in less than 5 seconds. More details on the Mahindra Funster EV concept will be revealed at the Auto Expo to be held next week. 

Tata Group in Plans to Set Up Charging Stations, Battery Recycling Plant in India

India’s Tata Group, is making its biggest push yet towards clean energy vehicles with plans to manufacture electric cars and batteries, set up charging stations and build a battery recycling plant, according to top company executives. More than half a dozen companies including Tata Motors, Tata Chemicals, Tata Power and Tata Croma, a chain of stores selling consumer electronics, are pooling in resources and expertise to build an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem. The plans were announced ahead of the launch of Tata Motors’ electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV), Nexon EV.

Standardising Charging Infrastructure Critical for EV Adoption in India

India’s EV charging infrastructure is still at a very nascent stage and is yet to catch up to meet the country’s growing requirements. A robust policy framework and right implementation will define the success of EVs adoption in the country. The Union Cabinet notified the FAME II scheme which aims to further accelerate the government of India’s commitment to a clean mobility future. FAME II intends to catalyse the market for faster adoption of EVs to ensure durable economic growth and global competitiveness for India’s automotive industry. Meanwhile, several states such as Delhi, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra among many others, have also introduced suitable policy frameworks to promote electric vehicles.

Tata Nexon EV launched in India, price starts at Rs 13.99 lakh

Tata Motors launched the new Nexon EV in India for an introductory price of Rs 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This is the second electric vehicle launched by automobile manufacturers after Tata Tigor EV.  The new Tata Nexon EV will rival the likes of Hyundai Kona EV and the recently-launched MG ZS EV. The launch of Tata Nexon EV comes less than a week after MG ZS EV was introduced in the country.

Bengaluru-Based EV Startup Numocity Raises Funding

Numocity Technologies has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Ideaspring Capital, Rebright Partners, and ABB Technology Ventures (ATV). The startup is centered around giving start to finish solutions for the electric mobility infrastructure in the nation. The organization has a middleware staging that can give different use cases like fixed charging infrastructure, battery swap management, and actionable intelligence for fleet management for the electric mobility infrastructure. The primary focus of the organization is to build a platform that offers advanced intelligence to bring efficiency and optimal utilization of the key assets for developing and facilitating the adoption of e-mobility in the nation.

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