Week In India: Ather Energy Partners With BPCL To Expand India’s Largest EV Two-Wheeler Fast Charging Network; Tata Power Unveils ‘EZ CHARGE’ Card: A Game-Changer In EV Charging With RFID Technology; And More


Ather Energy Partners With BPCL To Expand India’s Largest EV Two-Wheeler Fast Charging Network

Ather Energy, a leading manufacturer of electric scooters, has joined forces with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to strengthen and expand India’s largest EV two-wheeler fast charging network, the Ather Grid. As a result of this strategic collaboration, Ather Energy obtains entry to BPCL’s wide-ranging network of more than 21,000 fuel stations throughout India, allowing for the establishment of Ather’s public fast-charging Grid. Already boasting the country’s largest EV two-wheeler charging network with over 1,400 chargers in 100 cities, Ather Energy aims to accelerate the expansion of the Ather Grid and serve the growing customer base of Ather electric scooters nationwide. With the Ather App, users can easily find these rapid chargers and access real-time data on charger availability, ensuring smooth and well-planned charging sessions.

Tata Power Unveils ‘EZ CHARGE’ Card: A Game-Changer in EV Charging with RFID Technology

Tata Power, a leading EV charging solutions provider in India, has introduced the groundbreaking EZ CHARGE card today—a cutting-edge RFID (Radio-frequency identification) card set to transform the EV charging experience for countless electric vehicle (EV) owners nationwide. Unveiled at the prestigious Bombay House, the launch event was graced by Dr Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD of Tata Power, and Mr Shailesh Chandra, MD of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility. The EZ CHARGE card revolutionizes convenience through its innovative Tap, Charge, and Go feature. Equipped with an integrated chip, the RFID card ensures a streamlined, secure, and seamless initiation of charging sessions and effortless payment processing.

MG Motor India And IONAGE Forge Alliance To Boost EV Charging Infrastructure

MG Motor India, a renowned British automobile brand with a rich history of 99 years, has teamed up with IONAGE, a prominent eMobility Service Provider, to bolster destination charging infrastructure in India, promoting intercity travel using electric vehicles (EVs). The partnership was officially announced during the inauguration of 10 destination charging stations across Lucknow, Trivandrum, and Cochin, marking the beginning of a transformative collaboration towards sustainable mobility. Through this joint effort, MG Motor will leverage IONAGE’s advanced e-mobility platform to provide EV owners with seamless access to MG Charge points. Electric vehicle owners will benefit from the convenience of the IONAGE App, enabling effortless access to charging stations, efficient planning of EV journeys, and easy vehicle charging at MG Charge facilities.

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BMTC Set to Introduce Cutting-Edge Electric Buses, Elevating Bengaluru’s Public Transportation

Bengaluru’s public transportation system is taking a significant leap towards being smarter, safer, and more eco-friendly. Today, a momentous occasion was marked with the inauguration of Tata Motors’ smart electric bus prototype, graced by Shri Ramalinga Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Government of Karnataka, Dr N. V. Prasad, IAS, Secretary to Government, Transport Department, and Ms G Sathyavathi, IAS, Managing Director of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), along with esteemed delegates from the Government of Karnataka, BMTC, and Tata Motors. This milestone event is part of a larger order signed between TML Smart City Mobility Solutions Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, and BMTC. Under this agreement, Tata Motors will provide, operate, and maintain 921 units of state-of-the-art 12-meter low-floor electric buses over a period of 12 years.

Mufin Green Finance Secures $1 Million Investment from Shell Foundation

Mufin Green Finance, India’s pioneering listed NBFC dedicated to Electric Vehicle (EV) financing, recently achieved a significant milestone by securing INR 80,000,000 (equivalent to USD 1 million) in funding from Shell Foundation, a UK-registered charity. The infusion of capital aims to establish a USD 2 million joint de-risking pool in the form of FLDG (First Loan Default Guarantee). This innovative initiative is designed to unlock commercial capital for financing electric 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers, specifically targeting low-income transporters in India. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the widespread adoption of EVs by bridging the gap and fostering collaboration with prominent financial institutions such as IREDA (Indian Renewable Development Agency), SBI (State Bank of India), and others.

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Udaan Unveils Electric Rickshaw Expansion Plan For Northeast India

Udaan, an electric rickshaw manufacturer, has unveiled an ambitious growth plan for the Northeastern region. Having already established its dominance in northern states, the company is now set to expand its operations in the Northeast. Alongside electric rickshaws, Udaan has a strong presence in various segments like electric auto rickshaws, electric rickshaw loaders, electric bikes, scooters, and cars. To bolster its presence, Udaan has appointed Zonal Sales heads for the East and Northeast regions and is actively creating a network of distributors and dealers. Collaborations with local partners ensure a hassle-free purchasing, maintenance, and after-sales service experience for customers.

Lord’s Mark Industries Partners with KAL (Government of Kerala) for Electric Vehicle Joint Venture

Lord’s Mark Industries Limited, a renowned sustainable business group based in Mumbai, has entered into an exciting joint venture agreement with Kerala state-owned Kerala Automobiles Ltd (KAL) to lead the manufacturing of electric scooters and bikes (2-wheelers) as well as passenger and loader vehicles (3-wheelers). The significant milestone was marked during a momentous event held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in the presence of esteemed dignitaries including P. Rajeev, Hon. Minister for Industries, Law, and Coir, Government of Kerala; Stanley Pulluvilas, Chairman, Kerala Automobiles Ltd (KAL); Saseendran, Managing Director, Kerala Automobiles Ltd (KAL); Dr. Sunil Waman Korgaonkar, Director – Commercial, KAL – Lords Mark Technology Pvt. Ltd.; and Mr Vidit Tiwari, Director – Technical, KAL – Lords Mark Technology Pvt. Ltd. This collaboration aims to drive the advancement of electric mobility in the region, contributing to a greener and more sustainable transportation landscape.

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Electricmile Collaborates With Vaan Electric Moto And June Ventures To Accelerate Fleet Electrification And Expand Into International Markets

Electricmile Pvt. Ltd., a prominent player in the electric vehicle (EV) sector, has joined forces with Vaan Electric Moto Pvt Ltd and June Ventures LLC, Dubai, with the shared goal of accelerating fleet electrification and expanding into international markets. The economic growth of India is closely linked to the need for sustainable transportation solutions. Promoting electric vehicles (EVs) is crucial in combating air pollution, addressing climate change, and bolstering energy security. In pursuit of this goal, Electricmile, Vaan Electric Moto, and June Ventures have joined forces to innovate and transform fleet electrification.

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