By Atul Gopal
The PluginIndia team got a chance to visit a Pune eBike startup - Felidae Electric, who are working on manufacturing eBikes, that are Made In India. The startup manufacturers all the electronics components like motor, controller, LCD displays, battery packs in house. This makes Felidae very unique among the eBike sellers in India, who import entire eBikes from China and other countries. A true Make in India story among the Indian eBike/EV industry.
The PluginIndia team - Abhishek, Farah and yours truly had a wonderful opportunity to visit the PURE EV factory in the month of January, 2021. This is my blog on the observations made when meeting people from different departments - Design, Battery RnD, Factory, Sales, Service and MIS. All in all we are very impressed by the work being done here at PURE. They are investing in real RnD and this company is a big part of the Indian EV industry now. And the expectation levels have only increased!
by Mr. Anand Kulkarni, Product Line Director
Electric Vehicle & ALFA Architecture - Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd.
In the last few years, Electric vehicles are slowly gaining prominence in the automotive sector and it will not be long before they become more established. They have shown the world that they are at-least equitable if not mostly superior in performance to their ICE engine counterparts. Nonetheless, there still seem to be some myths about their capabilities, especially when it comes to their immunity against rainy weather. As the monsoon approaches, the question in everybody’s mind is – Can the Electric vehicle survive the rainy days ahead?
This week Kamlesh and I visited a very interesting EV workshop in the Cinchwad area of Pune. Northway Motorsport specialises in converting ICE Vehicles to Electric vehicles.
Mr Hemank Dabhade is the founder of Northway Motorsport, has created a sensation on the internet with his videos of his converted electric cars.
In this blog, i will give my thoughts on the work being done by Hemank and also share many insights we learnt during this fascinating meeting.
Innovations and breakthroughs come out as a delightful surprise to any industry and the same is the case with the EV sector. Recently only a team of scientists from Korea had discovered ways to improve the overall range of EV vehicles. They have invented technologies using silicon anode material that nearly multiplies the battery capacity by four times as compared to traditional graphite anode material.
What happens when we standardize things? Well, the answer is pretty simple, you will benefit from producing more in minimum time. Even though this thought came a little late to EV manufacturers in India, it can be safely assumed that “better late than never”. In a concentrated effort to standardize various parts that go into an electric vehicle, OEM’s and organizations have come together to a common ground recently.
Kochi (Kerala) got introduced to e-rickshaws the last year and the response from both the drivers and the customers were over the roof. This had resulted in the formation of a new agreement between the Auto Driver’s Union and two manufacturers to get 250 more e-rickshaws to run across the city within a span of a few months.
Cellestial E-Mobility, a Hyderabad based startup has rolled out its first prototype electric tractor. This tractor is economical to operate, as powerful as a diesel tractor,
while consuming less energy. With features like with features like battery swapping, regenerative braking, AC charging, battery that can act as a UPS, this product will be very beneficial to the agriculture industry. The best part the electric tractor will be cheaper than equivalent diesel tractors.
We spoke to Mr Syed Mubasheer , founder of Cellestial E-Mobility and asked him some questions on this very interesting product.
Guest Post : Archit K from EternalGreen Innovation
It is clear that Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) are here to stay. With the MG ZS EV, Tata Nexon EV, and several new and exciting announcements this Auto Expo, it is clear that the OEMs are also bullish on EV market. In the first two months of 2020 alone, a large number of MG ZS EVs were booked and over 2000 Tata Tigor EVs were ordered. This puts the total number of electric car sales in 2020 so far at twice that of 2019.
Guest Post : Ajay Maurya from EternalGreen Innovations
Indian metropolises faced with the challenges posed by rapid immigration and pollution. There is an urgent need to take care of micro-challenges being faced by early adopters of EV. The first wave of EV adoption will happen at B2B/commercial level by fleet operators and corporates for urban transportation. We can say with high certainty that successful EV's adoption will significantly depend upon how effectively a fleet operator can monitor and manage these EVs.
By Strom Motors
Strom Motors an EV start up based out of India is all set to launch Strom-R3, a reverse trike all electric urban mobility solution. Strom-R3 is the first reverse trike vehicle to receive homologation certification in India. Strom Motors was the winner of the coveted Spirit of Manufacturing Award at TiECON Global Summit held in November 2019 at New Delhi, India. Strom-R3 has received widespread recognition including as a top 10 startups by Government of India in early 2018 and by Economic Times.
I was invited by the Pune International Centre (PIC) to attend a lecture on the topic, 'New Mobility'. The lecture was be delivered by Mr. Anup Sable - Chief Technology Officer (CTO), KPIT Technologies. Here is my writeup on the lecture, where Anup spoke about the disruption happening in the automobile sector.
by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
Electric Vehicle motors have lasted for over 100 years and their design has changed slowly. During the last few years they have been subject to rapid technology change and they are also part of an acquisition frenzy. What is going on? The new IDTechEx report explains and - in over 30 ten-year forecasts and roadmaps - predicts.
What are the numbers that stand out when you DC fast charge an Indian electric car?
What is the average rate of charging?
How much time does it take to fast charge an Indian electric car?
How much electricity is consumed per session?
Watch the video and check out the numbers in this article.
By Nimesh Shah
Government of India recently released a notification titled ‘Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – Guidelines and Standards -reg.’. Availability of adequate charging infrastructure is acknowledged as a key requirement for accelerated electric vehicle adoption in the country. In accordance, setting up of Public Charging Stations (PCS) has been de-licensed and any individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations, provided the stations meet the technical as well as performance standards laid down.