India records new monthly high in EV sales with over 118k units sold in November

With 76,445 units sold in October, electric two-wheeler sales reached an all-time record. In November, sales reached a similar level with 76,148 units sold.

Sales of all EVs, including three- and four-wheelers, surpassed the previous record in November. 1,15,886 electric vehicle units were sold in October, setting a monthly record, and 1,18,877 were sold in November, setting a new high.

Tesla makes delivery of its first electric Semi trucks to PepsiCo

The production of the electric long-hauler, scheduled to begin in 2019, was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic and worldwide components scarcity.

PepsiCo accepted the first shipment of trucks. The Semi can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds, has a battery range of up to 500 miles, and is powered by four separate motors on the rear axles.

Lithium-Sulfur Battery, the Soaring Next-Gen Battery

Lithium-sulfur batteries use sulfur as cathode and lithium metal as anode. Sulfur used as cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries is less expensive than cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries.

Since the sulfur cathode and lithium anode have low density and high capacity per weight than lithium-ion batteries, the battery’s energy density can become two-fold (>500Wh/kg).

Hero Vida V1 Electric Scooter Launched; Prices Start At Rs. 1.45 Lakh

The Hero Vida V1 electric scooter has been launched in Plus and Pro variants, priced at Rs 1.45 lakh and Rs 1.59 lakh, respectively.

The Vida V1 Plus gets a 3.44kWh battery that delivers a claimed range of 143km, while the V1 Pro gets a larger 3.94kWh battery, translating to a higher claimed range of 165km.

Indian Government is encouraging EVs but will not stop registration of ICE vehicles

  • The government is encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles and the use of alternative fuels like ethanol, bio-LNG, green hydrogen, but it will not stop the registration of internal combustion engine vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.
  • Addressing virtually an event organized by industry body Indian Chamber of Commerce(ICC), Gadkari further said he is also trying to encourage the use of 50 percent ethanol in aviation fuel.
  • The road transport and highways minister noted that the sale of EVs has increased as people are giving good responses.

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Under the FAME scheme all government vehicles may become electrified in 3 years

  • All central government ministries and their field offices may switch to electric vehicles in the next three years according to a plan being explored by the government, said two people aware of the development.
  • The government is planning to leverage the ₹10,000 crores Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles scheme, which is designed to support the electrification of public and shared transport and help build charging infrastructure for this transition.
  • Money allocated under Fame-2 is to be spent to subsidize 500,000 electric three-wheelers, 1 million electric two-wheelers, 55,000 electric passenger vehicles and 7,090 electric buses.

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Ola Electric scooters delivery again delayed due to global chip shortage

  • Ola Electric has yet again delayed the delivery of its electric scooters, citing a global shortage of chipsets and electronic parts.
  • Varun Dubey, Chief Marketing Officer of Ola Electric Mobility, said that, unlike regular scooters, the Ola S1 and the Ola S1 Pro will only get better with timely over-the-air updates to fine-tune and optimize the software.
  • Bhavish Agarwal-led Ola Electric has written to its customers about unavoidable delays in delivery of S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters, reports suggested on Saturday. The delay is on account of a shortage of parts amid a global chip shortage.
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Toyota chases hydrogen dream as autos get electric

  • As U.N. climate conference delegates considered how to save the planet over the weekend in Glasgow, Toyota Motor’s chief executive was in Japan racing an experimental hydrogen car – a vehicle he says could preserve millions of auto jobs.
  • The colorful Toyota Corolla Sport that Akio Toyoda steered around the Okayama International Circuit in western Japan was powered by a converted GR Yaris engine running on hydrogen.
  • Although Toyota and other carmakers are putting resources into building hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, none have shown the appetite Toyota has for hydrogen engine technology.

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Six companies make the cut for CESL’s EV deal

 

  •  Mahindra Electric Mobility, TVS Motor Co., Kinetic Green Energy, and Power Solutions, Etrio, Mali, and Keto Motors Pvt. Ltd has emerged as the lowest bidders for an estimated ₹3,000 crore state-run Convergence Energy Services Ltd’s tender to procure 100,000 electric three-wheeled vehicles.
  • CESL, a unit of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, aims to have 200,000 two-wheeled EVs and 300,000 three-wheeled EVs across India.
  • With the bid comprising a three-year annual maintenance contract, the overall price reduction is estimated at up to 23%.

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At COP26, India debuts the e-Amrit webpage for electric vehicles.

  • The Central government launched ‘E-Amrit’, a web portal on electric vehicles, at the ongoing COP26 Summit in United Kingdom’s Glasgow.
  • E-Amrit intends to complement initiatives of the government on raising awareness on EVs and sensitizing consumers on the benefits of switching to electric vehicles.
  • NITI Aayog intends to add more features and introduce innovative tools to make the portal more interactive and user-friendly.

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By 2030, Green fuel to power the entire Kolkata public transportation fleet.

  • Kolkata’s entire public transport will run on clean fuel – electricity, liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas – by 2030, said state’s transport minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday.
  • By public transport, he meant the bus fleet – both private and state transport undertakings, taxis, and autos.
  • The state has set an ambitious target to be among the top three best states in India in terms of electric mobility penetration by 2030.

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Installation of 22,000 EV charging stations to be done by Oil PSUs

  • Indian Oil Corporation and two other public sector oil firms will install 22,000 electric vehicle charging stations over the next 3-5 years to support the nation’s target to reduce its carbon intensity and reach net zero emissions by 2070.
  • IOC, the country’s largest state-controlled refiner by capacity, will set up EV charging facilities at 10,000 fuel outlets over the next three years, chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said.
  • IOC plans to set up 50 KW EV charging stations at every 25-km and 100 KW heavy-duty chargers at every 100-km to weave a network that will provide customers easy access for charging their electric vehicles, he said adding the charging stations would be set up at existing and new petrol pumps across the country.

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Installation of private EV charging in Delhi to cost just ₹2500

  • Charging electric vehicles is set to become easier with the Delhi government launching a single-window facility that aims to make the process of installing private EV charging points at commercial, institutional or residential locations a hassle-free experience.
  • Delhi government will charge only ₹2500 to install private chargers for light electric vehicles, including two and three-wheelers at malls, apartments, hospitals, and other places in the city.
  • They are also providing a subsidy of Rs 6,000 to the first 30,000 applicants for the installation of EV chargers in Delhi.

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Odisha announces 100% exemption on motor vehicle (MV) tax and registration fees for electric vehicles

  • The Odisha government has made 100 per cent exemption on motor vehicle taxes and registration fees on electric vehicles in accordance with the Odisha Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021.
  • On the advice of NITI Aayog, the Odisha government has come up with the Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021 in September this year in order to encourage faster adoption of electric vehicles in the State.
  • Under the policy, the government has proposed to extend financial incentives for manufacturing industries, buyers, scrapping along with interest subvention in loans, waiving of road tax & registration fees during the policy period.

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Ford, Tesla Cofounder’s Redwood Materials Form EV Battery Recycling Alliance

Ford and Carson City, Nevada-based Redwood say they’ll work together to expand battery recycling to create a U.S. source of raw materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel that are mined abroad. The Dearborn, Michigan-based carmaker is also investing $50 million in closely held Redwood, which has now raised about $820 million to expand its recycling activities.

“The partnership between Ford and Redwood Materials is indicative of a broader trend, in which automakers are taking a more active role in development and production of battery cells, and have announced partnerships and joint ventures with battery-makers, such as Tesla/Panasonic, GM/LG Chem and VW/Northvolt,” said Asad Hussain, mobility analyst for PitchBook.

The alliance with Ford is a significant validation of Straubel’s vision for Redwood to become a virtual mining powerhouse, recovering highly valuable and reusable materials from battery scraps and used lithium-ion cells.

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