As 2017 draws to an end, the buzz around electric vehicles has reached fever pitch globally. While Honda has announced a partnership with Nissan to develop solid-state battery technology, Tesla is gearing up to build an electric pickup truck after production of Model Y commences. On the other hand, German automaker BMW expects to reach 500K EV sales by 2019.
Coming to some of the developments that took place over the last seven days, Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to conduct a market survey in January, over a period of five to six weeks, in an attempt to understand customers’ expectations when it comes to electric vehicles. Japanese automotive giant Honda is looking to set up a battery manufacturing plant in India.
The Ministry of Heavy Industries has given its approval to the introduction of EV-based public transportation systems in 11 cities across the country. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Jammu and Guwahati.
The Karnataka government’s Transport Department is gearing up to launch electric auto rickshaws in Bengaluru. On the other hand, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is looking to attract investments to the tune of $4.6 Bn (INR 30,000 Cr), in a bid to bolster its electric vehicles industry.
Given that so much has been happening in the country’s electric vehicle sector, we bring to you the sixth edition of the weekly EV roundups.
Going All EV By 2030 Not Viable: Mercedes Benz India MD Roland Folger
Mercedes-Benz India MD and CEO Roland Folger has urged the government “not to rush with the all-EV push” and thus “foreclose better technological options” for future generations as the rest of the world is racing to run on hydrogen and not electricity.