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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
03. March 2018
Automaker Mahindra& Mahindra (M&M) has announced a tie-up with Korea-based battery manufacturer LG Chem for development of a unique cell exclusively for India. The plant will have a capacity of half a million battery modules per annum and will also house a battery module pack line. The entire facility for both module and pack is expected to go into production in the last quarter of 2019-20.
03. March 2018
High acquisition cost and limited range are the main impediments for 4-wheeler EV demand in India. But three-wheelers (3W), or ‘rickshaws’, could switch faster given most ply commercially and leverage lower operating costs. And in electric buses, government is acting as initial adopter. 'Battery swapping’ infrastructure is key to the discussion on battery ecosystem given positives like quicker charging (5-10 minutes), lower vehicle cost (batteries can be leased separately) and better grid...
09. November 2017
Lithium-ion cells (the basic components of batteries) cost over $1,000 a kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 2010; last year they were in the $130-200 range. GM says it is paying $145 per kWh to LG Chem for the cells that make up the 60kWh battery for the Bolt (the pack, thanks to labour, materials and electronics, costs more than the sum of its cells). Tesla says that cells for the Model 3 are cheaper.
06. November 2017
As you know, all new vehicles sold in India by 2030 shall be powered by electricity. The basic premise of the Plan consists of three interlinked concepts: SHARED, ELECTRIC, and CONNECTED. The FIRST PHASE of this plan will focus on the electric mobility of City Buses, taxi fleets, three-wheelers, and two wheelers the SECOND PHASE will focus on cars and trucks. Contact Bostel Consulting associated with Quanzen Consultants, the Business Development and Sourcing Support Expert to International...

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