Week in Brief: Startups look to outpace OEMs in India’s electric vehicle space, Rajasthan Electronics Seeks to Empanel Agencies for Setting Up EV Charging Stations, Maruti showcases electric vehicle concept Futuro-E and More

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Delta Electronics India displays state-of-the-art EV Charging Solutions to strengthen the EV Ecosystem in India

Delta Electronics India, a leading Power and Energy management company, displayed diversified cutting-edge technology with a portfolio of energy-efficient EV Charging Solutions at Auto Expo 2020, one of the world’s premier auto shows. Delta will be part of Auto Expo 2020 as well as Auto Expo Components 2020 partnering with Hyundai India, JBM Auto, and BeVolt Smart Charging Solutions to showcase its comprehensive portfolio of EV Charging Infrastructure Solutions. These solutions offer a complete range of energy-efficient AC & DC EV chargers with all industry prevalent charging standards i.e,  GB/T, CCS, ChadeMO & AC Type 2. The chargers can be conveniently installed in multiple applications such as parking spaces, highway service, as well as residential and commercial buildings.

Tata Motors To Set Up Separate Division For EVs With INR 500 Cr Investment

After Mahindra and Mahindra, original equipment manufacturer and Indian automobile giant Tata AutoCorp is also planning to localise the production of electric vehicles (EV) components and set up a new plant. For this, Tata AutoCorp plans to invest INR 500 Cr. Moreover, Tata Group is also currently working on setting up a separate division for EVs to divert its focus towards the electrification drive it has been planning. The division will be headed by AJ Jindal, who has previously headed the research and development (R&D) at Tata Motors. The company will be investing INR 1000 Cr, out of which 50% will be separately allocated for the EV segment.

Maruti’s Ayukawa says customers are still not ready for electric cars

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said that its customers are not yet ready to drive electric cars as the country’s top carmaker appeared unfazed amid a slew of electric vehicle launches by its competitors. Maruti’s managing director, Kenichi Ayukawa, said in an interview that the high cost of electric vehicles and inadequate charging infrastructure pose major challenges to selling such vehicles in India. He said Maruti’s customer base mostly comprises people looking to buy affordable small and mid-segment vehicles, and buyers of such products are not so eager to purchase an electric vehicle, which is costlier than petrol or diesel vehicle.

Startups Bet on Nimbleness and Adaptability to Revv Up into the EV Space

A clutch of startup firms have revved up into the segment as they see a huge pay-off, if they get the technology and product right. Unlike other vehicles, they are betting on the advantages of nimbleness and adaptability, just like US-based Tesla, to edge past conventional players. Mehta said although Ather’s current production capacity is 30,000 units per year, it is able to utilize only a fraction of that due to supply chain issues. However, the startup has launched a new product 450X, with which it plans to ramp up volumes quickly. It is also setting up a manufacturing plant at Hosur with an estimated annual capacity of nearly 100,000 units.

Rajasthan Electronics Floats EoI to Empanel Agencies for Setting Up EV Charging Stations in the State

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a public-sector enterprise operating in the electronics, information technology, and renewable energy segment, has floated an expression of interest (EoI) to empanel agencies to help setting up of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state. REIL is currently in the process of installing 270 EV charging stations in six cities and four national highways under the FAME I program. It also plans to set up 1,000 more EV charging stations in over 70 cities across the country. The scope of the work includes identifying the locations, development, installation, operation, and maintenance of the EV charging stations and the associated infrastructure for all segments of electric vehicles as per requirements.

Budget 2020 Fails to Meet Expectations of EV Segment in India

Budget 2020 has failed to meet the expectations of the electric vehicle (EV) segment of the country. The segment’s stakeholders were expecting more measures from the government to promote electric mobility in cities. Despite the government’s constant stress on a cleaner and greener environment, the Union Budget had very little to put smiles on the faces of EV enthusiasts, and not many incentives were announced to drive the demand of EVs. As per the Union Budget announcement, imported EVs are going to get costlier with the government increasing the customs duty on various kinds of such vehicles as the government pushes for local production. The government has allocated ₹6.93 billion ($96.8 million) for the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) program for the financial year 2020-21.

Maruti Unveils Futuro-E Electric Vehicle at Auto Expo 2020

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s largest carmaker, unveiled its Futuro-E electric vehicle concept at the Auto Expo 2020. This is the second consecutive edition of Auto Expo wherein the vehicle manufacturer has unveiled a concept electric vehicle. The Japanese car maker is yet to launch a battery-run electric vehicle in India. According to Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director of Maruti Suzuki, concept Futuro-e will introduce a fresh global design perspective for the Indian automobile landscape. The car is an electric SUV-coupe defined by its “bold and sporty characteristics.”

Kerala Breaks New Ground with Electric Food Vans

Recently, Kariyanappally’s firm also launched another innovative product — electric auto rickshaws armed with a kitchen unit. Introduced in the southern state of Kerala at the Kalamassery Municipality, the initiative is called Kudumbashree’s Amma Ruchi Project. The main aim is to have carbon-free vehicles plying on the road, be it public transport or for the movement of goods, added Kariyanapally. While the concept of mobile food kiosks is new to India, it is an advantage in large cities since roadside vendors use up a lot of space and footpaths end up being clogged with their presence. These electric autos, he believes, are a solution to this problem as it will enable vendors of groceries, vegetables and fish, to use them and sell their products during peak hours.

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