India Automotive · 31. July 2019
India has joined several progressive governments in providing a clear impetus to the development of the Electric Vehicles (EV) industry. The government is aiming to make India a global hub of EV manufacturing and has introduced the second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME 2) scheme, in order to reduce pollution and contain oil imports. While no target has been set for automakers to mandatorily convert part of existing vehicle production to electric...
China Automotive · 14. April 2019
Crossing the road in a big Chinese city three decades ago the few cars you would have seen in the sea of bicycles would almost all have been either official limousines or beaten-up Japanese saloons touting as taxis. Today, Chinese carmakers already make more cars than those of any other country. The cars in Beijing today may carry foreign badges, but they are Chinese made. The country produced 23m cars last year, outstripping Europe and putting America in the shade (see chart 1). In terms of...
Braking Industry · 25. February 2019
Conventional brakes work by clamping a set of friction pads onto a disc on the wheel hub. The result of this friction is wear and tear, so pads and discs need to be replaced at frequent intervals. Regenerative braking means those components may last the lifetime of the vehicle - so the OE braking business will not change, but the aftermarket will do. Food for thought from The Economist:
India Automotive · 23. February 2019
Landing at Rank 77 in the Ease of Doing Business report released by the World Bank, India has observed certain remarkable improvements in terms of economic growth and creating opportunities for industry giants in the country with the help of business development consultant in terms of setting up business in India. The country’s automotive sector became the world’s 4th largest in the world with its sales increasing 9.5 percent year-on-year to 4.02 million units in the year 2017. Last year,...
India Automotive · 26. March 2018
The automobile industry in India is the world’s 3rd largest, with the country currently being the world’s 7th largest CV manufacturer. Two-wheelers dominate the industry and had a 79% share in the automobile production in FY 2016-17. Two-wheeler sales are expected to grow 8-10% in FY 2017-18. The passenger vehicle sales in India crossed the 3m unit milestone during FY 2016-17, and is further expected to increase to 10m units, by FY 2019-20. The auto industry is set to witness major changes...
Make in India · 09. March 2018
Mr Modi can claim some success. A new Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduced in July 2017 has boosted the number of firms registered to pay indirect taxes by 50%, to nearly 10m. That is more than can be said for “demonetisation”, which in November 2016 compelled Indians to trade or deposit most of their cash holdings at banks before their notes turned to worthless pieces of paper. It led to the abrupt withdrawal of 86% of all bank notes from circulation. Only now is currency in...
India Automotive · 03. March 2018
Ashok Leyland at AutoExpo 2018 unveiled its first electric bus Circuit S powered by Sun Mobility's swappable smart battery. Commercially, the bus will be available in next three to six months.
03. March 2018
A study by Roland Berger along with component makers body ACMA said on Friday that only 35 per cent (11.61 million units) of the Indian two-wheeler market could be electric by 2025. Unlike cars, where major players- Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, M&M- have announced plans and started introducing products, it is the start-ups that are leading the electrification in two-wheelers. This is also visible in the ongoing Auto Expo, where multiple start-ups have showcased electric two-wheelers.
India Automotive · 03. March 2018
State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will soon float the second global tender for 10,000 electric vehicles to be deployed across the country for government use. In the previous EV tender from August last year, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra emerged as the lowest bidders. Tata Motors had quoted Rs 11.2 lakh ($17k) for each car including GST, which was matched by Mahindra, in the first phase of procuring 500 vehicles.
India Automotive · 03. March 2018
Chetan Maini promoted SUN Mobility is planning to invest Rs 16.7 billion to create charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, the Bengaluru-based company entered a strategic alliance with commercial major Ashok Leyland to develop electric buses with swap-and-charge battery technology. The partners have unveiled Circuit S, India’s first electric bus equipped with swappable batteries. The fully-charged batteries, which can power the bus for 50-60 km, take less...

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