Week In India: Kia Installs India’s Fastest Electric Vehicle Charger At Gurgaon; Chhattisgarh Government Approves ‘EV Policy 2022’; And More

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Kia Installs India’s Fastest Electric Vehicle Charger At Dhingra Kia, Gurgaon

India’s fastest electric vehicle charger has been installed by Kia in Gurgaon (Haryana). It was installed at Dhingra Kia in Gurgaon, Kia’s official dealer. According to the company, it will install 15 superfast electric vehicle chargers in 12 Indian cities by August 2022. This DC EV charger has a 150 kW capacity and can charge the Kia EV6 in just 42 minutes from 10% to 80%. The all-new electric EV6 crossover was recently introduced by Kia India. India-spec Kia EV6 comes with a 77.4 kWh lithium battery pack. It is said to have a range of over 500 kilometers on a single charge. There are two options available: a single motor with an RWD of 225 bhp and a dual motor with an AWD of 320 bhp. Ex-showroom, the Kia EV6 costs between Rs 59.95 lakh and Rs 64.95 lakh.

Chhattisgarh Government Approves ‘Electric Vehicle Policy 2022’

The Chhattisgarh government approves the electric vehicle policy for the state. It aims to make Chhattisgarh a manufacturing hub, preserve the environment, and create jobs. Officials stated that the provision of road tax and registration fee exemptions will encourage the use of EVs. This will provide relief for people who are struggling to pay rising fuel prices. He said that the Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at his residence in here granted permission for ‘Chhattisgarh EV Policy 2022’. “Under the policy, the government has set a target of five years and aims to have 15 per cent of new registrations of vehicles, either under individual use or commercial use as EVs till 2027,” it said.

Three Wheels United Deploys 200 Electric Three-Wheelers In Delhi

Three Wheels United, a global fintech company that provides electric vehicle financing has deployed 200 electric three-wheelers in its vehicle fleet in Delhi. Three Wheels United also plans to expand its operation in Africa, the Middle East, and other markets to improve air quality globally and driver quality. Three Wheels United is driving India’s transition to climate-friendly alternatives by empowering drivers, through technology-enabled finance, to own electric auto-rickshaws. The company aims to finance up to 350,000 electric auto-rickshaws by 2030, which would mitigate up to 14 million tonnes of CO2.  

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CESL To Install 1000 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations By March 2023

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) plans to install 1000 electric vehicle charging stations by March 2023. Currently, it has around 400 installed EV charging points. N Mohan, head-EV charging infrastructure, CESL said, “We’re working on two business models – invest in public charging infrastructure on our own as well as collaborate with charge point operators on a build-operate-own model.” This partnership models mainly cover major expressways, highways and 8 priority cities including Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Surat.

Tata Motors Plans To Sell Approximately 50,000 Electric Vehicles In The Current Fiscal Year

Chairman N Chandrasekaran of Tata Motors stated that Tata Motors plans to sell approximately 50,000 electric vehicles in the financial year ending March 31. He also said that the company will double the number in the 2023-24 period. Tata Motors sold 19,105 EVs in 2021-22 which is a 353% increase over the previous financial year. Chandrasekaran stated that the company’s performance will improve in this fiscal, as the overall supply situation (including semiconductors) is steadily improving and commodity prices have stabilized. “We will continue to work closely together with our ecosystem partners and customers to manage risks and uncertainties. We expect that performance will continue to improve. He said that the second half of FY23 was notably better than its predecessor.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation To Establish 230 EV Charging Stations Across The City

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), in line with the State government’s policies to reduce carbon emissions and use electric vehicles, proposes to establish 230 EV charging stations. A recent release stated that the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority would also be setting up 100 additional EV charging stations within its boundaries. The Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd. (TSREDCO), the State’s nodal agency, entered into an agreement to establish EV charging stations at various locations within the city with GHMC.

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e-Ashwa Automotive Launches An Electric Auto

e-Ashwa Automotive, a maker of electric vehicles, has launched an electric auto at INR 1.65 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi. To drive sales of its first electric auto, the company is focusing on last-mile mobility. Vikas Gupta is the founder and CEO of e-Ashwa Automotive. He stated, “We operate within the affordable electric mobility segment, and autos are key enablers to bridge the last-mile mobility gap.” The electric auto can be charged with either Lithium-Ion (approximately 3-4 hour charging time) or Lead Acid batteries (around 7-8 hour charging time). The vehicle has a range of 100km and will be available in Sky Blue and Green as well as Orange, Black, and White colors. These electric autos are capable of reaching speeds up to 25 kmph.

Hindustan Motors To Manufacture Electric Two-Wheelers Next Year With A European Company

Hindustan Motors, the former maker of the iconic “Ambassador” cars, plans to establish a joint venture with a European company in order to produce electric two-wheelers next year, according to a senior official. He said that it might consider making electric four-wheelers also in the future. Uttam Bose (Director of Hindustan Motors) said that financial due diligence will begin in July. This will take two months. Then, technical aspects will be examined and this will take another month. He stated that only then the structuring of investments and the formation of the new company will be finalized. This is expected to finish by February 15.

Noida Authorities Mandate EV Charging Station To Get Building Plan Approval

The authorities have ruled that no building plan will be approved in Noida unless it includes a charging station for electric vehicles. According to sources at the Noida Authority, a decision was made regarding this matter and the Building Manual 2010 was modified on May 13. According to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, (BEE), there are 1,742 Public Charging Stations in the country. Surat, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Ahmedabad are home to 940 stations. As of March 25, 2022, there are around 10,76,420 electric vehicles.

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Chargeup Collaborates With Paisalo Digital Ltd And Goenka Electric Motors To Transform The Lives Of 10,000 E-Rickshaw Drivers

For the first time ever, an affordable E-Rickshaw Sale across Delhi/NCR has been launched wherein EVs will be sold at a 40% lower price. Chargeup, the company building Bharat’s largest battery-swapping network for electric two and three-wheelers, has collaborated with Paisalo Digital Ltd and Goenka Electric Motors (GEM), to help E-rickshaw drivers own their dream vehicle at only INR 90,000! The first-of-its-kind alliance will potentially become a game-changer for more than 10,000 e-rickshaw drivers as they will benefit from rate reduction, financing and battery swapping support.

Delhi Makes Draft Aggregator Policy For Cab, Food Delivery, And E-commerce Companies To Have Electric Fleet By April 1, 2030

The draft aggregator policy of the Delhi government mandates that cab companies, food delivery businesses and e-commerce companies transition to an all-electric fleet by April 1, 2030. If a company does not make this transition, an Rs.50,000 fine per vehicle will be imposed. The Transport Department has uploaded the draft policy entitled “Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator Scheme”. The government is inviting feedback within the next three weeks. The draft policy also provides guidelines for cab aggregators on how to handle errant drivers.

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