India’s top planning body, NITI Aayog, has recommended that automakers here only be allowed to sell electric three-wheelers by 2023 and electric two-wheelers by 2025. The two categories together account for over 80% of India’s annual auto sales. The subsidy on electric three-wheelers may also be doubled to Rs20,000 per kWh – which would make them cost-competitive with the IC-engine variants.
The timeline could allow automakers to recover their investments and book some profits in moving from BS-IV to BS-VI compliant engines. The Delhi Metro is also reportedly keen to offer e-scooters on rent at five metro stations across the NCR, although the launch date for the service hasn’t been announced.
Panasonic targets 100,000 charging points by 2024, launches AI-powered EV chargers
Japan’s Panasonic Corp. is planning a pan-India EV charging grid by 2024 with 1 lakh (100,000) EV chargers spread across 25 cities. The vehicles charged will be fitted with sensors that Panasonic claims will assist EV and lithium-ion battery manufacturers in tailoring their products to real-world usage patterns.
It has also launched its Nymbus EV charging service in Delhi NCR for electric 2- and 3- wheelers, which will offer the unique features of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven charging and cloud-based data storage.
China: World’s largest EV charging station now in Shenzen
China’s Shenzen now reportedly houses the world’s largest EV charging station, with a facility that can charge up to 5,000 EVs a day. The station has 637 fast chargers and charges the city’s 22,000 e-taxis, which, combined with its all-electric bus fleet, have helped improve Shenzen’s air quality.