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Electric Vehicles This Week: Transport Minister On EVs, Hyundai Kona Commits $200 Mn Investment And More

Electric Vehicles This Week: Transport Minister On EVs, Hyundai Kona Commits $200 Mn Investment And More

Nitin Gadkari said the government will not ban petrol and diesel engines as speculated

Uttar Pradesh has the most number of registered EVs in India

A report says China now has over a million EV charging stations

India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari has assured the automobile industry that the government will not ban petrol and diesel engines, as speculated by many media reports. The minister was speaking at the Lok Sabha session held yesterday. 

“There is speculation on banning the existing industry, but we are not doing it. We understand that it contributes to the country’s exports and employment, but the switch over must happen at the earliest and (manufacturers must) move to electric, biofuel,” he said. 

Earlier in May, NITI Aayog had proposed a complete switch to electric two and three wheelers from 2023. The proposal had also talked about banning all internal combustion engine (ICE) three-wheelers by March 2023, and two-wheelers below 150 cc by 2025.

Gadkari said earlier this week that the government is focussing on various kinds of eco-friendly alternative fuels or biofuel, including ethanol and biodiesel. These combined with electric vehicles will help India cut air pollution and reduce crude oil imports.

Further, in a statement to the Lok Sabha, he had claimed that India has 3.97 Lakh registered electric/battery operated vehicles as of July 9. 

According to the transport minister, Uttar Pradesh has the highest registered EVs amounting to 1.39 Lakh. The northern state was closely followed by Delhi and Karnataka standing at 75.7K and 31.94K registered EVs respectively.

Chart of the week: EV Adoption Across Indian States 

EV News From India 

Vakrangee Plans EV Charging Network Across India

Digital retail and egovernance store network Vakrangee is planning to leverage its pan-India distribution setup to establish an electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country. Vakrangee claims to have 3.5K Nextgen Vakrangee Kendras across 20 states and 340 districts. “We would be an enabler by providing the distribution platform for the EV charging facility through our partnership with the EV service providers,” said Dinesh Nandwana, executive chairman of Vakrangee.

Hyundai Kona Commits $200 Mn To Develop EV Ecosystem In India

South Korean automobile company Hyundai has committed to invest $200 Mn (INR 1,400 Cr) to develop affordable electric vehicles for the Indian market over the next three years. Hyundai Motor India managing director SS Kim reportedly said that they would use the resources to develop a dedicated electric vehicle architecture for local customers. At a later stage, these vehicles could be exported to emerging markets.

Shell E4 Startup Hub Hosted Demo Day For Its Second Cohort 

Shell E4 Startup Hub hosted its 10 graduated startups include Mobycy, RightWatts, Ziptrax, igrenEnergi, TresMoto, Manastu Space, AutoVRse, LogisticsNow, Maximl and iGarage for a demo day. Launched in 2017, the programme is accelerating technologies that are fit for India’s energy transition. The startups were selected for incubation at the Shell Technology Centre Bangalore in January 2019 and were also offered a seed fund of $20K each. 

Startup of the week: eBikeGo

Amritsar-based electric bike rental company eBikeGo was founded by Dr Irfan Khan in 2017. The company procures its electric bikes from the Indian EV manufacturer Okinawa Autotech. The startup is currently present in Delhi, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jalandhar, and Agra. 

The company generates revenue through tourist and customer bike rentals along with partnerships with logistic delivery providers. Some notable partners of the company include Zomato, Delhivery, Go Stops, Ferns N Petals, Vpledge, Delhivery. Recently, it had also partnered with a Taiwanese electric scooter shared mobility platform UrDa to boost its expansion plans.

eBikeGo is aiming to capture 2% of the Indian electric two-wheeler market share in the near future, and plans to build a fleet of 200K bikes in 100 Indian cities. 

Electric Vehicles This Week: Transport Minister On EVs, Hyundai Kona Commits $200 Mn Investment And More
(eBikGo’s electric scooter fleet)

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Renault Invests $145 Mn Into China’s Jiangling Motors 

French automobile giant Renault has invested around $145 Mn into a China-based Jiangling Motors. As a part of this investment, Renault will take a 50% stake in the company and establish a joint venture to build a new range of electric vehicles to expand the company’s foothold in the biggest market for EVs.

China Reported To Have 1 Mn EV Charging Stations 

One reason China is a booming EV market is because of the robust charging infrastructure. According to Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance, by the end of June,  China was recorded to have 412K public charging posts and 591K private charging points. 75.3% of all the public charging posts were found to be present in the 10 regions including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.