Indian shared mobility firm Ola will install 4,000 e2W chargers across India in 2022 as it expands its “Hypercharger” network, with an aim to install a total of 100,000 charging points in 400 cities. The firm’s CEO tweeted that Ola’s aim was to create the world’s largest and densest two-wheeler chargers, and the locations will include BPCL petrol pumps as well as residential spots. Also, the decision comes after its S1 and S1 Pro e2W models posted record online booking in late 2021, and the chargers are reportedly capable of re-charging the EVs by 50% in just 18 minutes to top them up with 75km of driving range.
India: Country’s first lithium refinery to come up in Gujarat
India’s first lithium refinery is set to come up in Gujarat after an MoU was signed by Manikaran Lithium Pvt. Ltd. with the state government. The raw material for the plant, spodumene concentrate, will be imported from a number of countries and will be used to manufacture battery-grade lithium hydroxide for use in the cathodes of li-ion batteries. The facility is expected to be set up by 2025-2026 and is likely to create 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Sony to foray into EVs, Audi invests €18 billion
Consumer electronics giant Sony announced that it would set up its own EV division, Sony Mobility Inc., as it prepares to enter the EV space. The firm also showcased its electric car prototype at the 2022 iteration of the very well known Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Vision-S 02, the concept SUV will sport a host of high-end electronics, such as a 360 degree suite of sensors, 5G connectivity, LiDAR and high-resolution image sensors that will possibly be employed for self-driving.
Meanwhile, Audi will invest €18 billion in its switch to e-mobility and the VW-owned carmaker intends to manufacture only EVs by 2033. The luxury brand is one of the most popular carmakers in Europe and together with VW and Porsche, is investing €700 million into the IONITY fast charging network across 24 European nations by 2025. The network will be open to all EV users, and Audi is at the same time will open 2,90,000 charging stations across 26 EU countries under its proprietary e-tron charging network.