Week In India: Hero MotoCorp Launches Vida V1 Plus And Vida V1 Pro Electric Scooters In India; BYD India Launches All New ‘Atto 3’ Electric SUV; And More

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Hero MotoCorp Launches Vida V1 Plus And Vida V1 Pro Electric Scooters In India

India’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp has launched electric scooters under Vida, its new EV subsidiary. The first ever electric scooter by the company, Vida V1 has been launched in India. Its price is Rs 1.45 lakh ex-showroom. The scooter claims to have a range of up to 165 km on a single charge. Hero MotoCorp offers the Vida V1 scooter in two versions, Vida V1 Plus as well as Vida V1 Pro. Ex-showroom, they are priced at Rs 1.45 Lakh and Rs 1.59 Lakh, respectively. It will initially be available in Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur.

Indian Army To Procure Electric Vehicles For Selected Units

Officials announced that the Indian Army had decided to purchase electric vehicles (EVs) for selected units and formations as part of the overall government’s policy to reduce carbon emissions. The plan calls for around 25% of light vehicles, 38% of buses, and 48% of motorcycles to be replaced by EVs within a specified time frame. The officials stated that the roadmap for induction was based on a variety of factors, including the Indian Army’s ability to employ, remote employment locations, and operational commitments. An official stated that the Indian Army had created a plan to induct electric vehicles wherever possible. This was in light of operational commitments that will reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

Indian Railways To Replace Its Vehicles With Electric Vehicles By 2025

Railways have announced a policy that will see them replace all of their vehicles that use diesel, biofuels, or natural gas by December 2025. This is a major boost to the Centre’s ambitious goal to make India 100% electric by 2030. The policy would create a large charging infrastructure at major railway stations, office buildings, as well as parking lots. To match the global standard, India must have 46,000 EV charging stations in place by 2030. According to railways, the targets for installing EV charging stations and phasing out 20% of its fleet are December 2023, 60% by 2024, and 100% by 2025.

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BYD India Launches All New ‘Atto 3’ Electric SUV

BYD India launches the long-awaited Atto 3 electric SUV. The same can be booked for as low as Rs 50,000, and deliveries will start in January 2023. The ARAI has certified that the electric SUV can travel 521 kilometres per charge. This makes it one of the longest-range electric vehicles on the market. India-spec BYD Atto 3 comes with a 60.48 kWh BYD blade battery pack. It is certified by ARAI as offering a range of 521km per charge. The company claims that the Atto 3 can charge from 0 to 80% in 50 minutes with a DC fast charger. The regular AC home charger takes around 10 hours to charge the Atto 3.

Nitin Gadkari Launches First Of Its Kind Pilot Project On Flexi-Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles In India

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari Launched Toyota’s first-of-its-kind pilot project on Flexi-Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FFV-SHEV) in India which would run on 100% petrol as well as 20 to 100% blended ethanol and electric power. Union Ministers Shri Mahendranath Pandey, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Union MoS Shri Rameswar Teli, Karnataka Minister Dr Shri Murugesh Nirani, Vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motors Pvt. Ltd. Shri Vikram Kirloskar and MD & CEO of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Mr Masakazu Yoshimura were also present on the occasion.

Mahindra & Mahindra and Jio-bp Strengthen Their EV Partnership

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), India’s leading SUV manufacturer, and Jio-bp (a fuels and mobility joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and bp) are strengthening their existing partnership by setting up a robust charging network for the upcoming Mahindra e-SUV launches. Starting with 16 cities, Jio-bp will install DC fast chargers at the M&M dealership network and workshops across the country. With these chargers being open to the public, the partnership will benefit all stakeholders in the EV value chain. M&M launched its first all-electric C segment SUV – the XUV400 at Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai last month.

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Toshiba India and EVage Sign Strategic Agreement to Super Charge India’s Electric Commercial Vehicles

Toshiba India Private Limited (Toshiba India) announced the signing of an agreement with EVage Automotive Private Limited (EVage) to supply its SCiB™ rechargeable lithium-ion cells to power the next 10,000 EVage electric commercial vehicles. This partnership follows two years of development and joint validation to incorporate these cells into EVage’s proprietary ultra-stable and rapid-charging battery packs. The agreement guarantees the availability of enough cells in 2023 to meet EVage’s aggressive production ramp-up and fulfilment of the thousands of existing reservations for its delivery vans in India. The partnership with Toshiba India also ensures EVage will meet its cost and margin targets.

Delhi Government Installs 1,000 EV Charging Stations In Less Than 1 Year

According to an official statement, the Delhi government has installed 1,000 EV charging stations for electric vehicles in less than 1 year under the single-window facility. In the next three years, 18,000 of these points will be established by the government. It established a single-window facility in November 2021 for the installation of EV charging stations in Delhi’s private and semi-public areas. This includes residential spaces such as apartments, group housing societies, and hospitals and commercial spaces such as shops, Kirana shops, and malls.

India Needs More Than 20 Lakh EV Charging Stations To Support Electric Vehicles By 2030 – Report

India is at the cusp of witnessing the most prominent transition in the automotive space – that of the traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) driven market to a new era of EVs. The pace of EV adoption, though slow, is steady. Post witnessing a small dip in sales in FY2021, EV sales surged more than 200% in FY2022. In fact, FY2022 was the first year that witnessed EV sales accounting for 3% of the overall vehicle sales in India. Taking into account the current growth trend, it is estimated that there will be 5 crores of EVs on Indian roads by 2030. E-two wheelers alone will account for 70% of total EV sales by then on the back of the availability of suitable charging options – both home and battery swap; prices of EVs achieving parity with that of ICEs; and their promising use in delivery services as well.

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More Than 3,000 Electric Buses To Be Deployed Across India In The Next 2 Years Under FAME-II Scheme

Mahendra Nath Pandey, Heavy Industries Minister stated that more than 3,000 electric buses will be operating in various cities in India over the next 2-years under the FAME-II scheme. He also stated that 3,049 electric buses were already in operation in the country. Under the scheme, 175 electric buses were flagged by the minister including 75 buses for Gujarat and 100 buses for Karnataka. Pandey stated that more than 3,000 buses would be available in the next 2 years. The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II to promote electric mobility in India was approved in 2019. It is expected to support 10 lakh electric two-wheelers, 5 lakh electric three-wheelers, 55,000 four-Wheelers, as well as 7,000 electric buses.

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