Week In India: Exicom And Hero Electric Seal Partnership For Advanced BMS Solutions; Saera Electric Launches Electric Golf Cart In India; And More

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Exicom And Hero Electric Seal Partnership For Advanced BMS Solutions

Exicom, a leading EV charger, and lithium-ion battery player, today said it has entered into an agreement with Hero Electric to supply Battery Management Systems (BMS) for the latter’s electric two-wheelers in India. BMS often referred to as the ‘brain’ of an EV, is responsible for monitoring the battery pack performance and safety parameters. Exicom said its BMS would allow Hero Electric to comply with the AIS-156 safety norms applicable from December 2022 and Mar 2023. Hero Electric intends to purchase 5 Lakh units of Exicom BMS per annum, given the rapid increase in demand for EVs in the country.

Saera Electric Launches Electric Golf Cart In India

Saera Electric, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, has increased its product range with the unveiling of its new electric Golf Cart in India. The new Saera Golf Cart features a monocoque frame, a maintenance-free AC drive system, cabin lights, and bucket seats. The LED headlamps, tail lamps, and indicators are integrated into the vehicle’s DRL. This new electric golf cart also features MacPherson suspension, 10-inch all-terrain tires, and a MacPherson suspension. It also features hydraulic brakes, an automatic lifter brake pedal, and a digital speedometer that displays a service alert.

Arvind Kejriwal Flags Off 50 New Electric Buses Under FAME-II Scheme

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Heavy Industries said that under the FAME II Scheme of the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI), Cities/STUs/State Governments placed supply orders for 3,538 Electric Buses. Out of those 3,538 Electric Buses, a total of 1,716 electric Buses have been deployed as on 2nd January 2023. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal flagged off 50 New Electric Buses under DTC. He further stated that for the Union Territory of Delhi, 400 Electric Buses; 300 Electric Buses to Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) for intra-city operations and 100 Electric Buses to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for last Mile connectivity were sanctioned in the Month of August 2019.

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3eco Systems And Log9 Materials Collaborate To Deploy 2000+ InstaChargeable S8Ci EVs

3W EV fleet operator, 3eco Systems and advanced battery-tech and deep-tech startup, Log9 Materials have announced a strategic collaboration to deploy 2,000+ InstaCharged heavy-duty Shakti 8 Cargo (S8Ci) EVs across India over the next 18 months. The vehicles’ deployments will be initiated from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai, and then extended to other metro cities. Notably, these Commercial Electric Vehicles (CEV) will be catering to e-commerce and hyperlocal logistics players such as Amazon, Flipkart, Big Basket, etc.

CESL Discovers Prices for the Largest E-bus Tender under Phase-I of National Electric Bus Programme

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), announced prices discovered for the biggest non-subsidized demand for 6465 electric buses. This unified tender constitutes demand for electric buses from six Indian states & UTs – Delhi, Telangana, Haryana, Surat (Gujarat), Kerala & Arunachal Pradesh. This is the first tender under the National Electric Bus Programme (NEBP). The lowest price discovered for a 12-meter bus (intra-city) is Rs. 54.3/km, & 12-meter bus (inter-city) is Rs. 39.8/km. For a 9-meter bus, price discovered is Rs. 54.46/km and a 7-meter bus is Rs. 61.92/km. The prices do not include a subsidy and are 29% lower than what it costs to operate diesel buses.

Statiq Receives Order From REIL To Set Up 253 Fast EV Chargers For 4 Major Highways

Statiq, a provider of electric vehicle charging services, has just received an order from REIL, Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd. to supply 253 fast electric vehicle chargers for 4 major highway projects linking Meerut-Gangotri, Agra-Lucknow, Chennai-Bellary, and Mangaldai–Wakro. The company operates several EV chargers in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Beawar, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Statiq has won this deal, which will make it possible to provide a reliable, affordable, and accessible four-wheeler charging system on these corridors. Statiq stated that although this sale is final, it will continue to maintain the quality and maintenance of the equipment for three years.

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EKA Mobility Partners With Shuzlon Energy To Provide EV Charging Infrastructure In India

EKA Mobility and Shuzlan Energy have entered into a partnership to provide EV charging infrastructure for their customers in India. Shuzlan Energy has been named as an official provider of electric charging solutions for EKA’s 9-metre buses. A release said that the charging infrastructure provider will install stations certified by OCPP and ARAI of 30 kW, 60 kW, and 120 kW capacity for institutional customers throughout the country.

CESL Floats Tender for 4,675 eBuses Under National Electric Bus Program

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), today announced the second tender of electric buses under the National Electric Bus Programme. This is the third tender for electric buses, following the Grand Challenge tender of 5,450 ebuses that catalyzed this business and a recently concluded tender for 6465 electric buses. Aiming to accelerate EV adoption and cut down fuel imports, carbon emissions, and air pollution, STUs in Delhi, Kerala and Telangana will deploy 4675 electric buses on the basis of a “dry lease”. In a dry lease, the operator provides the buses to the state transport corporations (STC) without the drivers or conductors, they are deployed by the STCs. A dry lease model has been enabled in the NEBP to maintain employment in STCs that have such need.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Receives Prototype Electric Bus Under FAME-II Scheme

Saturday saw the arrival of a prototype electric bus from Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. It was part of the FAME-II program.  Officials said that the KSRTC will operate 50 inter-city electric buses equipped with air conditioning in the coming days. They also added that the remainder of the buses should arrive in Bengaluru by February. Olectra Greentech Limited will provide the buses. KSRTC chose the name of its Electric Bus as EV- Power Plus with the tagline e-Xperience e-levated. All remaining electric buses will be operated on the following routes: Bengaluru to Mysuru; Madikeri, Virajpet, Davangere, Shivamogga, and Chikkamagaluru. 

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Tamil Nadu’s Electric Vehicle Policy Comes To An End; EVs To Cost 15% More

Tamil Nadu, home to major electric vehicle manufacturers saw an end to its state Electric Vehicle Policy on December 30, 2022. The two-year period for the state EV policy, which was implemented on November 2, 2020, was set. This policy allowed for 100% exemption from road taxes and registration of electric two-wheelers. The subsidy exemption for electric cars was 50-100%. It also included provisions for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. With the end of the state policy, it is expected that the price of an electric bike will rise by at least 15%.

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