Niti Aayog Wants States To Have More Electric Buses

State Transport Offices Will Have A Certain Percentage Of Public Electric Vehicles: Niti Aayog
Government think-tank Niti Aayog is exploring ways to make legislatures reduce the carbon footprints of their respective states. It plans to provide instructions to states with a target to reduce the carbon emission through electric vehicles that can be used by masses such as Electric Buses.

Niti Aayog’s official spokesperson said that the move will ensure that new orders for public utility vehicles by state transport offices will have a certain percentage of electric vehicles as well.

The report cited the spokesperson, as stating, “…for the country to successfully change to electric vehicles a behavioural change from the consumer, not EV policy, is what is necessary.”Niti Aayog believes that the move will auger well to continue the momentum of implementing electric vehicles across the country. Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme has a corpus of $116 Mn (INR 800 Cr) allocated for a period of two years that ends in 2019.

States such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Goa have already started showing commitment to replacing diesel- and petrol-fuelled vehicles with electric vehicles. Meanwhile, Telangana has become the fourth state to have its own electric vehicles policy.

As part of the FAME scheme, state transport corporations –including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Manali, Kolkata and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Manali, Kolkata and Bangalore –have already introduced electric vehicles into their fleet.

At present, there are about 1.5 Lakh electric vehicles on Indian roads, with the segment projected to grow to 5% of all vehicles on the road by 2023, compared to 2017-18 where EVs accounted for less than 1% of all cars sold.

If India successfully shifts to shared, electric and connected mobility, it could potentially help India save up to $300 Bn (INR 20 Lakh Cr) in oil imports and nearly 1 gigatonne of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

India plans to roll-out 30% (earlier 100%) EVs in its effort to reduce carbon footprint by 33% to 35% from its 2005 levels by 2030. The move is in line with its commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted by 195 countries in Paris in 2015.

However, there are many other factors contributing to the increase in the carbon emission in the country. For instance, stubble burning practiced mainly in the states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab

The recently published study, ‘The Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres’ conducted before, during and after the crop residue burning (CRB) season, has revealed that the pollution caused by stubble burning has begun to show far-reaching impact, spreading black carbon via prevailing wind to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal.

Crop residue burning spews black carbon and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which results in higher temperatures in the areas and will have adverse health effects. The report highlights that there was 40-60% jump in black carbon concentration over parts of central and southern India.

Government’s own study has highlighted 17.5% increase in deaths and severe illnesses such as non-communicable diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and lower respiratory infections — caused by air pollution in 2017.

India is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change and is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China. In such a scenario, it certainly becomes imperative for a country with 1.3 Bn population to fast pace the EV adoption in the country.

Courtesy By :inc42

Jharkhand govt introduces electric cars for official use

In the first phase, the energy department got 20 cars procured by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the PSUs under the Ministry of Power

The state government introduced electric vehicles for official use when its energy department got 20 such cars, Within the next two weeks, 30 more cars would be provided to the department.

The Government also suggested that other departments and the common people start using such cars to make the state clean and green. As of 12 charging stations are already built in Ranchi and more are coming soon. The required infrastructure is getting ready slowly but steadily. We much also now switch towards green mode of transportation.
#EvUrjaa #TheGreenDream

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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2018

May your happiness be as large as Ganesh’s appetite.
May your life be as long as his trunk.
May your troubles become as small as his mouse,
and may all your moments be sweet as his laddus!
Sending you wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi!
Wishing the whole nation Happy Ganesh Chaturthi..!!!
Ganpati Bappa Moreya..!!!

Govt may rework FAME-II policy

PMO has suggested that the proposed subsidy should be given for batteries to make them more affordable.

NEW DELHI: Government may rework the policy on Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME-II) as PM Narendra Modi has indicated that the focus should be on reducing the cost of batteries and not on vehicles.

According to sources, PMO has suggested that the proposed subsidy should be given for batteries to make them more affordable. At present, the subsidy is meant for buying the electric vehicles.The move will come as a jolt for the auto industry that has been lobbying hard for concessions and upfront subsidies, arguing that the business is not sustainable otherwise.

Car makers were expecting the sops at the two-day Move Summit that begins on Friday but the package is unlikely to come through at present. Batteries account for 50% of the cost of electric vehicles, sources said.The Prime Minister will listen to views and then take a final decision on FAME-II,” Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Thursday.

Kant also indicated that the government will be more comfortable to offer incentives for two-wheelers, apart from three-wheelers and public transport. “We are not America. Two-wheelers account for 76% of vehicles in the country. Two-wheelers consume 64% of the fuel sold in the country.

Power secretary A K Bhalla said the government was also starting the process to set up charging stations along the highways, without which the electric vehicle policy will be a non-starter. Road transport secretary Y S Malik said wayside amenities coming up along national highways will have the provision of charging infrastructure.

An inter-ministerial panel had recently approved the second phase of FAME with proposed allocation of about Rs 5,500 crore for the next five years.

Courtesy : The Economic Times

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India proposes a goal of 15% electric vehicles in five years :

India aims to have at least 15 percent of the vehicles on its roads to be electric in five years, an official said, signaling the government’s wish to join a long list of countries around the world that are already seeking to cut fossil fuels aggressively.

“If at least 15 percent comes in the next five years, it will be useful for the country,” Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said Thursday at a conference organized by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers in New Delhi. “This i ..

India has been a laggard in the global race toward electrification of automobiles, with no clear guiding policy unlike China, which has offered hefty subsidies and incentives to promote battery-powered cars in its efforts to reduce dependence on oil imports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration had earlier expressed ambitions of achieving a target of 30 percent EVs by 2030.

While cumulative global sales of passenger electric vehicles likely surpassed 4 million last week, with China accounting for more than a third since 2011, India sold an estimated 2,000 EVs last year. EVs may account for about 7 percent of sales in India by 2030, according to Bloomberg NEF.

In contrast, China is targeting sales of 7 million new-energy vehicles by 2025, which may account for 15 percent of the vehicle market by then, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The Asian giant has offered as much as $7,000 in incentives for an EV with a range of 400 kilometers (249 miles) and above, making the automobile more affordable to customers.

A slew of carmakers including the local units of Hyundai Motor Co. and Suzuki Motor Corp. have announced plans to introduce electric vehicles to the South Asian country as early as next year. Suzuki, which is the market leader, has said it needs to make 1.5 million EVs in the country by 2030 to retain its share of 50 percent. Ford Motor Co. has signed a pact with local partner Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. to jointly develop EVs.
Courtesy : The Economic Times

Worrying consistent hike in Petrol/Diesel prices in India

Fuel prices are keep on increasing in our country at a very consistent rate. The rapid growth in the fuel prices are a normal sight in India these days. Today’s #BharatBand is an example of these hikes.
The working process in many states is being shut today which is affecting the overall growth and making an unexpected loss to the nation. Already the petrol/diesel vehicles are emitting harmful products as a resulting of burning fuel in ICE vehicles such as CO2 and other green-house gases and thus killing our environment slowly but consistently.
This dual impact of using traditional fuel types has taken us to a situation where we must take action. Using green mode of transportation is the available solution for both the problems mentioned above.
We at EvUrjaa, urge all the citizens of our country,to come forward and “take ownership”, make use of electric vehicles and help our nation, build a sustainable and strong economic as well as healthy environmental eco-sytem to live in.
#GoGreen #ElectricVehicles
#EvUrjaa #TheGreenDream

ISRO’s lithium ion cell technology

Over 130 companies have shown interest in the Indian space agency’s lithium ion cell technology and the pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday, said a senior official.

“The response to our announcement to transfer the lithium ion cell technology is overwhelming. More than 130 companies have purchased the RFQ document. The pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday,” S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told IANS.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in June announced its decision to transfer its own lithium ion cell technology to the Indian industry on a non-exclusive basis for usage in automobiles for Rs 1 crore. The space agency had said the initiative will accelerate the development of the indigenous electric vehicle industry.

The VSSC, located in Kerala, will transfer the lithium ion cell technology to the successful Indian industries/start-ups on a non-exclusive basis to establish production facilities in the country that can produce cells of varying size, capacity, energy density and power density catering to the entire spectrum of power storage requirements, ISRO had said.

According to Somanath, the transfer of technology will start from transfer to documentation.”Successful companies can come to VSSC and familiarise themselves about the battery technology. We do not have the manpower to depute to the technology buyer’s place,” Somanath said.

According to him, the lithium ion cell battery technology buyers can innovate further so address the market needs.”Batch manufacturing of lithium ion cells is sufficient for ISRO’s needs. Whereas in the case of mass production it is only the industry that can do it,” he added.

Somanath said the ISRO makes lithium ion cell batteries of various sizes and power (1.5 ampere to 100 ampere) to power its rockets and satellites.

“ISRO will not get any royalty from the buyers of its lithium ion cell technology. Our idea is to enable the industry to develop,” Somanath said.

He said ISRO for its use will source lithium ion batteries from Bharat Heavy ElectricalsNSE -2.52 % Ltd (BHEL) as the technology has been transferred to the power equipment major.

Last month, ISRO issued the RFQ containing a brief description of the qualification process and technology transfer process, instructions to applicants, eligibility criteria, timelines and other details.

All queries or request for additional information concerning the RFQ will be addressed at the pre-application conference, the space agency had said.

ISRO also said that the “competent firm’s security deposit will be adjusted against the technology transfer fee of Rs 1 crore. The security deposit (Rs 400,000) of unsuccessful applicants or withdrawn applications will be returned, without any interest”.

The one-time technology transfer fee has to be paid within 30 days of the qualification date.

“Technology shall be transferred to all/any of the competent firms who qualify the eligibility criteria as specified in the RFQ. The required process documents shall be provided by ISRO at the time of signing of technology transfer agreement and payment of technology transfer fee,” ISRO had said.

Presently, the lithium-ion battery is the most dominant battery system finding applications for a variety of societal needs including mobile phones, laptops, cameras and many other portable con ..

Recent advances in the battery technology have made it the preferred power source for electric and hybrid electric vehicles also.

Courtesy : The Economic Times

How Tata Group plans to put India behind EV wheels

The Tata Group is planning to adopt a ‘One Tata Approach’ to deliver cleaner mobility solutions for the future, with its automotive unit Tata Motors spearheading the initiative.
The salt-to-software conglomerate is considering setting up a working group of key executives from Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Realty and Tata Finance to offer a complete turnkey solution for companies, shared-mobility providers, government agencies and others to address infrastructure and cost issues.
Tata Motors, in fact, recently created an electric mobility division to have special focus on this nascent, but potentially big, business. The idea is to offer a complete turnkey solution and assure the user on the cost and range anxiety. As part of the plan, Tata Motors will offer the car, while Tata Power will set up charging stations and Tata Realty will help build physical infrastructure, depots or dedicated electric vehicle stations.
TCS, the information technology arm, will help develop an app or software platform — both at the company end and at the customer end — or even offer the back-end support. Tata Motors Finance will offer financing or leasing solutions. Tata Motors MD Guenter Butschek told ET that the concept of One Tata emerged when the company tried to seed its electric bus idea for state transport undertakings.
The state utilities asked for a complete solution and were willing to pay for use of services.
“When we looked around, we said this group can be of great value and can jointly leverage a new opportunity in the market and this is a multi-billion market in the mid- to long-term if we just join forces. And, we started to build according to the tender requirements as a consortium,” he said. “The same can be applied in PVs (passenger vehicles) as well.”
Tata Motors was the L1 bidder (the one that quoted the lowest price) for the government’s order for 10,000 electric vehicles and has been pushing the government to come out with a dedicated electric vehicle policy to drive adoption.
The MD said carmaker will approach companies which transport people to work. It can offer “complete peace of mind solution”, including apps for employees to track their pickup or drop time, travel time and that too in a protective environment which is predictable, doing away with issues on range or charge challenges, he said.
While the potential growth opportunity lies with public transportation solution or corporate fleets, Tata Motors is planning to open up sales of its Tigor and Tiago EV to individual buyers and shared mobility providers.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Maruti Suzuki plans to Electrify India By 2030

Suzuki hopes to continue to have 50 percent market share in India from now through 2030, which would mean achieving sales of five million units a year by then.

Osamu Suzuki, the 88-year-old Chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), has asked the company’s executives to target sales of 1.5 million electric cars a year in India by 2030 through its subsidiary Maruti Suzuki.

The Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car maker is yet to launch its first battery powered car.
The chairman was talking to Suzuki shareholders at the annual shareholders’ meeting held late last month in Japan. Toshihiro Suzuki, his son and President of SMC, was also present.
New sales of passenger vehicles are seen increasing to 10 million units a year by 2030, from 3.28 million units sold in the last financial year.

Suzuki hopes to continue to have 50 percent market share in India from now through 2030, which would mean achieving sales of five million units a year by then.
For that to happen, Maruti Suzuki’s will have to grow at the same pace as the domestic market and increase threefold in number from the 1.64 million units sold last year.
“We want to continue to control 50 percent of the market and achieve annual sales of 5 million in the country,” said Osamu Suzuki.

Stating that SMC had taken up a challenge to ensure that 30 percent of its five-million-units sales target is met through sales of electric vehicles, the chairman said that he is ‘firing up executives every day’.

Maruti Suzuki is currently working on an all-electric car, due for debut in India in 2020, which will be a completely new model and not an electric version of any of its existing models.

The car will be jointly developed by Suzuki and Toyota under an alliance that was announced in 2017.

The move to electric vehicles is being powered by many countries’ plans to fully phase out production of vehicles that run on traditional fuels. Each country has its own deadline for the endeavour.

While the Indian government had earlier set its deadline at 2030, it later softened its stand stating that there is no such deadline. In India, charging infrastructure and a manufacturing ecosystem are still pipe dreams.

Besides Maruti Suzuki, other multinational companies such as Hyundai, Kia, MG Motors, and Volvo have already stated their intentions of building electric cars in India.

However, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra are the only ones to have already started producing electric cars.

Maruti Suzuki has the largest product portfolio among car makers in India with 15 models (11 through Arena and 4 through the Nexa channel).

These include models in hatchback, premium hatchback, compact sedan, mid-size sedan and SUV segments. All these are powered by either petrol or diesel engines or a combination of petrol-CNG or diesel-electric (hybrid).

Suzuki also said that it plans to expand its portfolio in India to 30 models by 2030. To compliment the growth in sales, the company is also looking to add dealerships and take their count to 10,000 from the current 2,625.

In the last financial year alone, Maruti Suzuki added 350 dealerships to its network. To put it in perspective, Honda Cars India, the country’s fifth largest car maker, has only 350 dealerships in total.