Electric vehicles body strives to split localization from subsidy motivations
The government has rolled out subsidy eligibility criteria based on certain performance parameters for various classes of electric vehicles (EVs). The incentives would be valid if the manufacturer has at least 50% of local components in the vehicles. In a letter written to the project sanctioning authority; PISC, the electric vehicles body; SMEV has requested to delink localization and electric vehicles prices with subsidy and recommended increasing the kwHr subsidy to Rs 20,000 in line with bus battery subsidy. It stated linking localization to incentives addresses the wrong problem. It is important to keep the prices on check on affordable segment as they are the back bone of this industry.
Aayog Report- High optimism on adoption of Electric vehicles in India by 2030
According to findings of Niti Aayog report,
India could achieve significant progress on electric vehicle adoption by 2030
largely due to the success of FAME II and other measures. Assuming penetration
of sales in 30% of private cars, 70% of commercial cars, 40% of buses and 80%
of two and three wheelers through FAME II, the scheme adopted by 2030 would in
total save 846 million tons of CO2 over the total deployed vehicle’s lifetime meaning
a saving of 5.4 million tons of oil equivalent over their lifetime worth Rs
17.2 thousand crores.
Government bodies endorse interest on infrastructure development for EV
Following announcement of FAME II norms government
entities EESL, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, REIL, Rajasthan Electronics
and Instruments Limited and NTPC, National Thermal Power Corporation NTPC have floated
tenders for procuring 500 electric vehicle charging stations. EESL invited bids
to install 200 fast charger stations in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh; REIL floated tenders
for 270 electric vehicle charging points across various locations in cities
like Ranchi, Bengaluru, etc. NTPC has invited bids for setting up EV charging
stations especially focusing on buses and four-wheelers and it has also in 2018
signed a MOU with vehicle aggregators Ola, Zoom Car and others to help
development and effective utilization of charging infrastructure.
JLR supports India’s EV policy and adoption measures
Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)
announced their plans to launch multiple electric including hybrid models in
India starting 2019. This is in line to their commitment to introduce
electrified options for their entire portfolio by 2020. According to JLR India President, Rohit Suri,
the company is encouraged by the introduction of FAME-II policies in India and
its focus on improving the charging infrastructure parallelly that will in turn
drive the quick adoption of electric vehicles in the country in due course of
Tata Motors face danger of black listing over delayed e-bus delivery
The government has warned Tata Motors for
delay on delivery of 40 electric buses each to 6 cities after it won supply
order in March 2018. Based on reports unconfirmed by Tata Motors, the delay was
due to battery issues and delayed manufacturing process. Following the issuance
of contracts under FAME India scheme, the government offered a 60% subsidy to
cities to procure e-vehicles as outright purchases or on a supply-operate
basis. The transport departments in various cities who floated the tender now
risk losing the subsidy if it is not claimed on time. Some states have also
charged liquidated damages on the company.
Flying start for Tesla 3 as gap tightens between Porsche in Germany
US electric car maker, Tesla Inc has made a
flying start in Germany drawing almost even with the vaunted Porsche sports-car
brand in its second month of sales. Following Model 3 introduction in Europe,
Tesla’s German car registrations rose more than five times to 2,367 vehicles in
March leaving it just 356 vehicles shy of Porsche. Though premium-car
heavyweights like Mercedes-Benz and BMW remained far ahead, Tesla has left
behind Jaguar, Land Rover and Honda. While Tesla is doing well, German peers
are hustling electrification efforts with launch of new electric models.
Overall, the market for battery cars in Europe remains small with customers
worrying over sporadic charging infrastructure and comparatively high prices
over petrol versions.
Solar Electric Vehicle chargers in Bengaluru
To ensure clean energy driven clean
transportation, Bescom – Bangalore Electricity Supply Company is looking at
solar powered electric vehicle charging stations. As a pilot project, few
stations have been chosen and planned to extend based on its success. These
charging stations are currently located at four locations. Around 112 EV
charging stations are expected by August end spreading across the city. 4.85
per unit was the tariff for charging EVs last year while this year a cost to
serve is expected to be fixed for consumers at stations.
Shuttl, BRPL join the EV 100 initiative
EV100 is a global initiative aimed at
bringing together the companies committed to accelerating transition to EV and
bringing in a change by 2030. Shuttl and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) are
the latest to join in this. By next year Shuttl plans to have 300 electric
buses in its fleet and have 50 charging points installed. BRPL on the other
hand has promised to transition its entire service delivery fleet to electric
by 2030 and is also investing on testing models for better understanding the
effective integration of Renewable electricity into its grid network.
Motors to add more electric vehicles to its portfolio
Addressing different price points and
buyers, Tata Motors plans to add Altroz EV- premium hatchback, H2X- small SUV
to its existing Alpha architecture based models Tiago and Tigor EV. The
proof-protected architecture gives the carmaker flexibility to make
conventional as well as battery operated engines. Also Tata Motors is working
on new generation connected vehicle solution platform, an integral part of the
EVs it plans. It is notable that Tata has got over 60% electric bus contracts from
Ministry of Heavy Industries.
and Ford strengthen their ongoing strategic alliance
Strengthening their ongoing strategic
alliance announced in 2017 followed by powertrain sharing and connected car
solutions in October 2018, Mahindra and Ford have signed a definitive agreement
to co-develop a midsize SUV. The common Mahindra powertrain and product
platform of this C-SUV drives commercial and engineering efficiencies. Earlier
the alliance signed an agreement for developing and supplying low displacement
petrol engines for Ford’s vehicles in 2020. A telematics control unit joint
development was also announced.
to use GMW’s electric LCVs for deliveries.
Rapid Growth of E-commerce only signifies
that there would be more commercial vehicles in future. EVs which are emission
free and produce less noise are proving to be a good alternative for goods
delivery. Around the world there are
many ventures using electric vehicles for their fleet. Taking advantage of EVs,
Shadowfax O2O model uses EVs for delivery wherein it doesn’t have a
distribution center and delivers goods from sellers to customers directly. For
goods delivery in the NCR region it plans to use GMW’s electric LCVs which comes
with swappable batteries to overcome the EV charging drawback.
takes a lead of innovation
Trikala’s driverless buses are well known.
Yet again the municipality of Trikala has taken a lead of innovation by making
5 EVs available for locals and visitors of the city. These vehicles made as
part of European Union’s Elviten Project have a range of 80 kms and can go up
to 35km/hr speed. These can be used by residents or visitors simply by showing
their ID and driving license. This initiative is an effort to promote EV usage
Vehicle sales double in the US this year
As per analysis by IHS Markit, in the US,
208,000 new electric vehicles registered this year, which is double that of
what it was last year, and this is majorly in California and the 9 states where
Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program has been adopted. Over the next two years,
the EVs are expected to increase further with over 350,000 new EVs expected to
be sold in the US in 2020. IHS has found the loyalty rates for EVs to have
increased from 42% in previous quarter to 55% in the fourth quarter of 2018.
PSUs, private firms, Ministries targeting Electric Vehicle infrastructure
By 2030 the EV market is expected to be
around Rs. 42000 crores. Many PSUs, Ministries, Private firms are in process of
creating the infrastructure, manufacturing components for EVs. Several private
sectors are working on mobilizing funds for this. Indian Railways plans to
allocate space for EV charging. Indian Oil Corporation has partnered with
Fortum India besides signing agreements with NTPC, Powergrid, Rajasthan
Electric for setting EV charging stations. National Aluminium Company plans to
produce lithium ion cells. Union housing ministry has issued amendment allowing
EV charging stations in private and commercial buildings.
policy clarity needed for launching hybrid vehicles says Hyundai
Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) and its
parent company Hyundai Motor Company are looking at options for sourcing EV
components in India and considering local manufacturing of battery parts also.
Hyundai plans to have its first EV this year in a complete knock down state.
The EV will be assembled in its Chennai plant. As per HMIL MD and CEO SS Kim
that government support is critical for growth in EVs. According to him, once
further policy clarity is obtained on the hybrid vehicles, Hyundai will take
decision accordingly. The company feels
that the current installed capacity is enough to meet the demands.
first EV further delayed
According to The Brussels Times, Audi’s
first flagship EV, the E-tron has been further delayed due to battery shortage
from supplier LG Chem resulting in the car maker planning to make 10,000 cars
lesser this year and pushing the second car in the line up to next year. LG
Chem also supplies batteries for Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen and Daimler
and many of these have plans to build their own battery manufacturing units or
partner with suppliers in making batteries together. But till then these
automakers are at the mercy of LG Chem and there are reports of LG Chem
exploiting the situation and raising the battery prices.
Toyota Rhombus, a concept car for battery powered EV
Toyota Rhombus developed by TMEC the
company’s research and development base in China is a concept car for battery
powered EV. This has a single swivel seat instead of the normal two seats in
front and two seats in the back making a lounge like area. The company plans to
roll out over 10 EV models globally in next 5 or 6 years and is targeting worldwide
sales of over 5.5 million EVs by 2030.
Mint concept Electric city car
Genesis, the luxury arm of Hyundai is
making a habit of releasing the flashiest concepts at stateside auto shows. It
has come up with Mint Concept, an electric city car with minty fresh paint. The
two seat, two door car is capable of squeezing through narrow alleys and in heavy
traffic. This sporty car made its debut in New York International Auto Show but
there are no plans for its production. It is notable that Genesis is yet to
announce any for production schedule.