Kerala announced an ambitious EV policy pledging full electric mobility by 2030, including a million EVs by 2022 (to create two lakh two-wheelers, 50,000 three-wheelers, 3,000 buses and 100 ferry boats by 2020). The state plans to set up charging stations and battery swapping stations jointly with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).
Maruti Suzuki tests electric vehicles
Maruti Suzuki began field-tests of its prototype for India-made electric vehicles (EVs) in Gurugram. The company plans to launch the EVs by 2020. Maruti is also planning nationwide testing of 50 prototype EVs.
First removable li-ion battery scooter launched in India
Gemopai (a joint venture between Goreen E-Mobility and Opai Electric) announced the launch of the first removable lithium ion battery electric scooter for the Indian market. The vehicle covers 70km on a single charge.
EU nations seek 35% CO2 cut on cars by 2030
The European Parliament has agreed to support 35% cuts in car emissions by 2030. German chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed the EU target, riling up German automakers, who said the ‘unrealistic target’could backfire with the loss of 1,00,000 jobs. The European Parliament and the European Commission will take the final decision on October 17.
South Korea’s SK, Germany’s Daimler in EV battery ventures
German firm Daimler plans to build a $1 – billion battery plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the US. Meanwhile, South Korea’s SK Innovation plans to invest $354 million to build a plant for key parts of electric car batteries in China, early next year.
Uttarakhand begins electric bus trials, Mumbai scraps 40-bus plan
Uttarakhand began a month-long trial of its first electric bus after signing a Rs.700- crore MoU with Hyderabad-based Olectra Greenwich Limited. In Mumbai, state run service BEST has dropped plans to introduce 40 electric buses after the Centre refused a subsidy on ‘wet lease’ (when BEST rents a privately owned bus and earns from ticket sales/ads). The Centre wants BEST to have joint ownership of the buses.
Kolkata conducts EV charging station pilot run
West Bengal utility CESC conducted a pilot run to set up charging stations. Kolkata will require 130 stations if it wants to achieve its target of 30% electric public transport fleet by 2030.
India lacks ecosystem for electric cars: Volkswagen India director
The director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars (India), Steffen Knapp, says “India needs clear vision for electric cars, lot of subsidies and standardisation of charging stations.” He said industry representatives are in talks with the government regarding the same and things are in process.