Week in Brief: Piaggio Launches Ape E-City In Vijayawada; Opens Its first Ape Electric Experience Centre, MG Motor plans second India unit, may launch affordable EV shortly,Capital recharge: Electric cars popular in capital and More


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Auto Expo 2020: New Eco-Friendly Electric Vehicles to Hit Indian Roads Soon

The 15th edition of the biennial automotive show, Auto Expo 2020 showcased different types of top futuristic cars in Greater Noida. The car maker giants from across the globe showcased their road marvels at the week-long exhibition. A wide variety of concept cars were unveiled at the Auto Expo including electric vehicles, CNG vehicles and hybrid cars.The government rolled out the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles Scheme (FAME) in 2015 with an objective to manufacture electric vehicles in India in order to achieve sustainable development goals.

MG Motor plans second India unit, may launch affordable EV shortly

MG Motor is planning to ramp its capacity and set up a second facility in India. The future launches including a possible affordable electric car for the Indian market.The brand is planning to make its full-size SUV MG Gloster available in the market by Diwali 2020. The vehicle is likely to be in the Rs 40-50 lakh price bracket. The company will have four products in the market in one-and-a-half years of its operations in India. It is planning another SUV as the fifth product in 2021 and would require a new plant to cater to the market after that.

EV Startup launches India’s largest EV charging station network

Bengaluru based EV Startup, FAE Bikes launched ‘Kirana Charzer’, a low-cost, smart EV charging station costing just ₹10,000 focused on enabling small shops and individuals to install their own charging stations and earn additional income.The startup launched the charging station at MOVE 2020 which happened at Excel International Convention Center, London on February 11-12, where the founder of the startup, Sameer Ranjan Jaiswal, was invited as a speaker. Sameer presented the Kirana Charzer when he took the stage on February 12 in front of executives of mobility companies from around the world.

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Mahindra open to co-owning Mahindra Electric

Going by the scale of investments made, and when the first lot of investment was made (2010), Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) would qualify as the strongest proponent of electric mobility. However, things haven’t gone as projected, as the electric vehicle (EV) market’s evolution didn’t quite match expectations. Market and economic conditions have changed much too. This is making manufacturers look at collaborations to share investments and get the much needed scale to achieve their respective goals. It’s required that we collaborate in the back end and compete on the front end, Dr. Pawan Goenka said. And he is offering that collaboration opportunity in Mahindra Electric to any carmaker that has an interest in electric mobility. Mahindra Electric is a Mahindra Group company that supplies electric powertrain; currently, it only supplies to M&M.

Potential lithium reserve find in Karnataka could accelerate India’s EV ambition

Researchers at the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, have found potential lithium reserves in the Mandya district, Karnataka, about 100km from Bengaluru. The discovery is significant since the reserve is being touted as the country’s single largest source of lithium, an element that is increasingly finding applications in battery technology used in electric vehicles. The element has been found in the form of a lithium aluminium silicate mineral called spodumene present in an igneous rock occurring over a 0.5km x 5km area in Mandya.

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Capital recharge: Electric cars popular in capital

While Tesla may still be some time away from its India debut, other carmakers are zooming ahead with their plans to promote electric vehicles in the country. And it’s not a moment too soon.The market for electric cars is growing rapidly, with them being increasingly used for holiday and business trips.To provide a solution to the growing need of car charging points for electric cars and to propagate and encourage a sustainable and healthy lifestyle for their guests, the Hyatt has become one of the few hotels in the Capital, if not the country, to introduce e-charging stations for electric cars. With an aim to reduce their carbon footprint and enable Electric vehicle owners to use their electric cars, the hotel has adopted this green transport technology measure as a part of their sustainability initiative. 10 e-charging stations are currently available at the hotel and each one of them takes about 8-10 hours to fully charge any car.

Piaggio Launches Ape E-City In Vijayawada; Opens Its first Ape Electric Experience Centre

Piaggio India has announced the launch of its Ape E-City electric rickshaw in the city of Vijayawada, priced at ₹ 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Vijayawada). The electric three-wheeler was launched during the inauguration of the company’s first Ape Electric Experience Centre showroom, to give customers a first-hand experience of the new product. Piaggio launched the Ape Electrik range (goods) and Ape E-City (passenger) electric three-wheelers in December 2019, but as of now, only the former has been launched in Vijayawada. The e-Auto is powered by a 4.7 kWh lithium-ion battery and it can offer around 70-80 km range on a full charge.

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Supreme Court asks Nitin Gadkari About Electric Vehicle Policy

In a first, the Supreme Court asked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to come and share his ideas on ‘electric vehicle policy’. Specifically saying that it was not a ‘summon’, the top court said that it would like to hear directly from the minister about his plans to combat pollution. The apex court made the unusual ‘request’ while it was hearing a plea by an NGO on the implementation of government policy on electric vehicles. In its plea, NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation said that the Centre was not doing enough to promote electric vehicles for public transport.

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