This past week marked a major win for the global electric vehicles market. PepsiCo, a brand normally associated with beverages and snacks, recently became an exemplary champion of the EV cause, when it made the biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis till date.
Given that heavy-duty vehicles involved in freight transportation currently contribute over 40% of exhaust emissions, PepsiCo’s decision to procure 100 electrically-powered big rigs represents a major positive step towards mass adoption of electric vehicles and other cleaner alternatives to environmentally-damaging petrol and diesel vehicles.
Coming to some of the developments that took place over the last seven days, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is preparing to enter the Indian EV market, as per a recent regulatory filing with the Registrar of Companies (RoC). India Centre Foundation has partnered with Japanese EV maker e-Gle to launch electric vehicles in India.
The country’s sole EV manufacturer Mahindra has announced plans to electrify some models of its South Korean arm, SsangYong Motor.
On the international front, state-owned Chinese automobile company BAIC Group has said that it will not be selling conventional cars by 2025. Along the same lines, Swedish carmaker Volvo is gearing up to only sell hybrid and electric cars by 2019.
Given that so much has been happening in the country’s electric vehicle sector, we bring to you the fourth edition of the weekly EV roundups.