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Nagpur becomes first city with electric mass mobility system

By Indian Express

Nagpur today earned the distinction of becoming the country’s first city with electric fleet of 200 electric vehicles, including taxis, buses, e-rickshaw and autos. “Promoting electric vehicles is our priority. We want electric buses, autorickshaws and other vehicles to ply in the country. We are engaged in initial talks with SoftBank for loans at low interest rate for a green project. We want to introduce 2 lakh electric buses for public transport,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday.


Mahindra inks pact with Auroville for electric mobility solutions


Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group, has signed an agreement with Auroville, a township near Puducherry that has been focussing on sustainable practices, to pilot an integrated sustainable mobility ecosystem for a community. A memorandum of understanding was signed at the Auroville on Tuesday, coinciding with the World Environment Day. As part of the agreement, Mahindra Electric and Auroville will work with IISc (Indian Institute of Science), Puducherry Smart City Development Ltd and GoGreen BOV to develop a holistic ecosystem that will involve Mahindra’s electric vehicles, smart parking systems, charging infrastructure and its software integration platform Nemo.


Study in Berlin showcases how shifts from car to public transport can work

By Claus Köllinger/ Eltis

Most transport professionals in the sector of sustainable urban mobility would probably agree that the chances of encouraging someone to switch mode are higher when their life circumstances change. But why is it that hard for people to switch modes and what determines our behaviour?


South Korea is building a $35 billion city designed to eliminate the need for cars

By Leanna Garfield / Business Insider

When residents of the International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea go to work, pick up their kids from school, or shop for groceries, driving is optional. That's because the $35 billion district - currently a work-in-progress about the size of downtown Boston - was designed to eliminate the need for cars. A project that began in 2002, the area prioritizes mass transit, like buses, subways, and bikes, instead of road traffic, according to Stan Gale, the chairman of


Mumbai to get safer to walk, as experts to redesign junctions for pedestrians

By Megha Sood/ The Hindustan Times

Fifty-two per cent of people who die on the city’s roads are pedestrians, reveal Mumbai traffic police statistics. This happens because Mumbai’s streets are yet to be pedestrian-friendly, having the least number of crossings to enable a safe walk. To change things in favour of pedestrians, New York-based National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai traffic police have begun redesigning some parts of the city


Toward Car-Free Cities: 3 Reasons Why London’s Congestion Charge Is Working

By Shiyong Qiu, Thet Hein Tun and Darío Hidalgo / The City Fix

In 2002, the average London driver spent half their travel time sitting in traffic, and road transport accounted for 95 percent of fine particle pollution in the city center. To combat these problems, Greater London’s first mayor, Ken Livingstone, turned to congestion charging. Conceptually, congestion charging is straightforward: if there are scarce resources (urban road space), they cannot be given away for free or everyone will try to utilize them at once (congestion), leading to poor results for all. Functionally, London’s congestion charging, introduced in 2003, is based on an area.


PM Modi inaugurates electric vehicle charging stations in Lucknow: Essel Infraprojects invests Rs 1750 crore on EVs

By Ronak Shah/ Financial Express

In a big boost to EVs in India, Essel Infraprojects (EIL), Essel Group has launched its electric vehicles charging stations and battery swapping technology initiative under Essel Green Mobility Limited in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This new EV project will see an investment of Rs 1750 crore in a phased manner with a plan to launch 250 charging station and 1000 battery swapping stations in 20 UP cities. The foundation stone laying ceremony was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. EIL’s electric vehicle launch was among different industrial projects announced in the state capital.


How the Motor Vehicles Bill affects Ola, Uber

By Nikhil Agarwal/ LiveMint

Cleared by the Lok Sabha, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill is now being debated upon in the Rajya Sabha. Seeking 68 amendments and insertion of 28 new sections in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the Bill touches upon various issues related to standards for motor vehicles, road accidents, insurance and driver licences. One of the important reforms it proposes to introduce is related to regulation and recognition of cab aggregators like Uber and Ola.


SMEV moots efficiency-linked subsidy for electric vehicles

By Economic Times

Electric vehicle makers body SMEV has mooted linking of certified efficiency parameters of speed and range to government subsidies instead of the current proposal of battery capacity-based support.


EV charging points to come up at railway stations

By Ajith Athrady/ Deccan Herald



Come, design and develop a charging system for electric vehicles, says government


The central government is preparing to roll out a “grand challenge” for developing electric vehicle charging systems for India as it looks to intensify the promotion of such vehicles in the country. “Proposals are invited from industry, academia groups or consortia to design, develop, prototype and validate an Electric Vehicle Charging System for India,” said a draft document that CNBC-TV18 has exclusively reviewed. The Department of Science and Technology is expected to fund 50 percent of the project cost.


Bolivia is Keen to Sign Preferential Trade Agreement with India for its Lithium Reserves: Ambassador Barrientos

By Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee / Sourcing Electricals

TWEET SHARE 4 +1 Lithium-rich Bolivia is vying for Indian investment for extracting the soft silver metal used to manufacture batteries of solar energy systems and electric vehicles, among other applications. “Lithium is the next oil,” says Sergio Dario Arispe Barrientos, Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to India, in a no-holds-barred interview with SEL. He outlines how the South American nation would roll out the red carpet for Indian companies so that they can mine the lithium that India requires for achieving its ambitious energy goals.


Government plans new policy to promote electric vehicles

By Sarita C Singh/ Economic Times

The government is preparing a fresh policy for promotion of electric vehicles, which will be rolled out initially on a smaller scale to ensure smoother transition and better cooperation from the automobile sector, a government official said. The policy, advocating minimal subsidies, is likely to be announced at a global e-mobility summit to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7. According to the fresh proposal, the government will first begin creating favourable ecosystems in nine polluted cities with a population of over four million, and gradually move to cities with populations of one million-plus, the official said. Also, busy corridors such as Mumbai-Pune and Delhi-Chandigarh are being identified.


Govt. plans unified freight transport authority

By Sharad Vyas / The Hindu

The Narendra Modi government is looking at setting up a unified transport authority for seamless movement of freight across the country’s rail, road and water networks. The latest blueprint prepared by Niti Aayog, to be presented during a two-day global mobility summit starting September 7 in New Delhi, suggests four paradigm shifts for speedy movement of freight.


Delhi Metro launches electric vehicles to boost last mile connectivity for metro stations

By Financial Express

To boost the last mile connectivity in metro stations in Delhi, Dwarka, Gurgaon and Faridabad, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation along with SmartE, a startup that operates India’s largest electric vehicle fleet have expanded its operations in the capital. A new service was flagged by Delhi Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal at Dwarka Sector 10 Metro station. SmartE now operates over 800+ electric three-wheelers in Delhi/NCR.


Exide and Leclanche form Joint Venture for Li-Ion Battery Manufacturing in India

By SAUMY PRATEEK/ Mercom India

Exide Industries Ltd., an Indian lead acid storage battery manufacturer, and Leclanche, a global energy storage solutions provider, have formed a joint venture (JV) to build lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries and provide energy storage systems for India’s electric vehicle (EV) market and grid-based applications. The JV will focus on e-transport, stationary energy storage systems, and specialty storage markets. In e-transport, the target segment is fleet vehicles including e-buses, e-wheelers and e-rickshaws.


Charging stations for electric cars may be considered CSR activity

By Malyaban Ghosh/ LiveMint

Expenses incurred by manufacturing companies in setting up charging stations for electric vehicles across the country should be considered an activity within the ambit of corporate social responsibility (CSR), a committee formed under the secretary of the transport ministry has recommended. The proposal has been made to facilitate adoption of electric mobility in India, where setting up charging infrastructure is becoming a major impediment. Recently, the government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) could not procure enough electric cars from Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd because of the lack of charging stations across the country.


How Tata Group plans to put India behind EV wheels

By Ketan Thakkar, Vatsala Gaur / Economic Times

The Tata Group is planning to adopt a ‘One Tata Approach’ to deliver cleaner mobility solutions for the future, with its automotive unit Tata Motors spearheading the initiative. The salt-to-software conglomerate is considering setting up a working group of key executives from Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Realty and Tata Finance to offer a complete turnkey solution for companies, shared-mobility providers, government agencies and others to ..


Kerala's electric vehicles draft policy okayed by state finance department

By Indian Express

The Electric vehicles (EV) or e-mobility policy draft received a sanction after few corrections from the state department of finance on Saturday. The draft has now been forwarded to the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for his consent. The EV-policy draft was forwarded to the government to get their sanction by the Transport Department which is currently handling the policy. The discussion on the version 2 of the policy began with the trial service of the electric bus in the Capital city on June 18.


Smart Columbus Experience Center Connects The Public With Electric Vehicles

By Kyle Field / Clean Technica

The Smart Columbus Experience Center was officially opened to the public on June 30th in Columbus, Ohio. The Grand Opening kicked off with a block party that brought residents and visitors in to experience the transportation technologies being showcased at the new facility, including electric vehicles, public transit, car-sharing, ride-sharing and bike-sharing. The Experience Center was established to connect the public with the numerous options emerging for next generation transportation. The vast majority of customers who visit a traditional dealership, especially when looking for information about electric vehicles, come away from the experience less than impressed. The Experience Center is a way to integrate electric vehicles into a friendly, highly informative, low pressure environment that aims to educate customers and even offer test drives.


50 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations To Be Set Up By Andhra Pradesh Govt

By Kashika Bajaj/ Inc42

The Energy Department of Andhra Pradesh is planning to promote the usage of electric vehicles (EVs) in the state. The Department will shortly open up 50 electric vehicle charging stations in various cities of Andhra Pradesh and has prepared a concrete plan of action. According to the Andhra Pradesh Government officials, the setting up of charging stations will not only serve the purpose of charging the electric vehicles but also will serve as a source of revenue for the Andhra pradesh state Government.


Uber to test drive ‘Express Pool’ in India


As Uber continues to face fierce competition from Indian rival Ola, the company is looking at expanding the pie by testing ride services at various price points. In a conversation with BusinessLine, Prabhjeet Singh, Regional General Manager, Uber India & South Asia, said the company is piloting Uber Express Pool in India as a part of expanding its lowest cost offering.


Hyundai may launch electric SUV Kona in second half of 2019

By Money Control

Hyundai Motors India is expected to manufacture and export electric vehicles from India, the company's CEO YK Koo recently said in an interview. He stressed that an electric SUV would be launched in the second half of 2019. Although he did not mention which SUV would hit Indian roads, reports suggest that it could be the Kona which was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and showcased in India at the 2018 Auto Expo.


Uber urges drivers to go electric

By Electric Vehicles Research

Uber, is committed to facilitating reliable transportation for everyone, everywhere and making cities more efficient and less reliant on personal car ownership. One important part of realizing this vision is increasing electrical vehicle (EV) adoption. Studies by the International Transport Forum, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab found that when shared and electric mobility are properly combined, along with automation, we can shrink the number of vehicles on the road and reduce transportation's climate footprint. For more information see the IDTechEx report on electric vehicles. Read more at: https://electricvehiclesresearch.com/articles/14631/uber-urges-drivers-to-go-electric


NITI Aayog mulls to set electric vehicle target for state public transporters

By Financial Express

The government is mulling over giving target to state public transporters to deploy certain percentage of electric vehicles in their new orders, while it will refrain from coming out with a policy on electric vehicles, a top Niti Aayog official said. Moreover, the official said for the personal transportation, the Aayog is of the view that the market forces should be allowed to decide whether people want to buy electric car or diesel/petrol car. “We may like to tell states that their carbon footprints must be minimised. We are considering of giving some targets to state public transporters to deploy certain percentage of electric vehicles in their new orders,” the official told PTI.


Auto Ashok Leyland plans to take its Optare electric bus to new markets

By LiveMint

Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland Ltd is gearing up to expand its light commercial vehicle business, international operations and defence mobility segment, even as it looks to take the proven success of its Optare electric bus in the UK to other countries. Addressing shareholders in Ashok Leyland's annual report 2017-18, chairman Dheeraj Hinduja said going forward, there would be a greater focus on cost control, revenue generation and return on capital employed (ROCE).


Want to sell 1.5 million electric cars a year in India by 2030, says Suzuki chairman

By Swaraj Baggonkar/ Money Control

Osamu Suzuki, the 88-year-old Chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), has asked the company's executives to target sales of 1.5 million electric cars a year in India by 2030 through its subsidiary Maruti Suzuki. The Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car maker is yet to launch its first battery powered car. The chairman was talking to Suzuki shareholders at the annual shareholders' meeting held late last month in Japan. Toshihiro Suzuki, his son and President of SMC, was also present.


Rs 1 crore ISRO's lithium ion cell technology gets overwhelming initial response

By The Economic Times

Over 130 companies have shown interest in the Indian space agency's lithium ion cell technology and the pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday, said a senior official. "The response to our announcement to transfer the lithium ion cell technology is overwhelming. More than 130 companies have purchased the RFQ document. The pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday," S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told IANS.


Niti Aayog Wants States To Have More Electric Buses To Reduce Carbon Emission

By Dipen Pradhan/ Inc 42

Government think-tank Niti Aayog is exploring ways to make legislatures reduce the carbon footprints of their respective states. It plans to provide instructions to states with a target to reduce the carbon emission through electric vehicles that can be used by masses such as Electric Buses. Niti Aayog’s official spokesperson said that the move will ensure that new orders for public utility vehicles by state transport offices will have a certain percentage of electric vehicles as well. The report cited the spokesperson, as stating, “…for the country to successfully change to electric vehicles a behavioural change from the consumer, not EV policy, is what is necessary.”


EV makers ask govt to offer subsidies based on certified range, speed

By LiveMint

Indian automobile makers want the government to decide the subsidies on electric vehicles (EVs) based on the number of kilometres they can run on a single charge and their top speed, among parameters to be certified by central agencies such as the Automotive Research Association of India (Arai). As per the draft of the second stage of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme in India, the department of heavy industries has offered subsidies based on the size of the lithium-ion batteries fitted in the vehicles.


SUN Mobility plans up to 100 battery swapping stations by FY19 end

By Arushi Kotecha/ LiveMint

In a boost to India’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure network, Chetan Maini-led start-up SUN Mobility plans to set up the first batch of its battery-swapping stations for electric two and three-wheelers across the country in the last quarter of this fiscal, a senior executive said on Thursday. The Bengaluru-based start-up is yet to set up any pilot stations, since it had been focusing on developing the core technology so far. SUN Mobility will deploy “test stations in the field in the next couple of months since the technology has been developed”, Chetan Maini, co-founder and vice-chairman at SUN Mobility, said in an interview. “In the last quarter of this year, we will put 50 to 100 of them out there,” Maini added, without divulging financial details.


GST On Batteries For Electric Cars Reduced From 28 To 18 Per Cent

By Cyrus Dhabhar/ NDTV Auto

The GST Council, set up by the Indian Government has reduced the GST rate on lithium-ion batteries for electric cars from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. Although this reduction is not as drastic as predicted earlier, the 10 per cent rate in reduction of GST on these batteries will help reduce the overall price of electric vehicles in India. Currently, apart from a long list of electric two-wheelers that can be bought in the country, Tata Motors and Mahindra Electric make all-electric four-wheelers, namely the Tata Tiago Electric and the Mahindra eVerito in India. Mahindra also makes the compact e2o Plus hatchback in India.


20 Million Vehicles That Need To Be Scrapped Collected In India: Report


About 20 million vehicles that require scrapping have accumulated in India, according to a report by an Indian think tank. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in a new report, said of the two billion global vehicle fleet, over 40 million vehicles -- 4 per cent of global automobile ownership- reach end-of-life every year. Entire developing world, including vehicle-producing countries like India that use vehicles more intensely, face the challenge of scrapping their large stocks of end-of-life vehicles without the requisite capacity, the report said. Even developing countries that produce vehicles (like India) and use them more intensely and longer need to adopt end-of-life regulations to scrap and recover precious material, the report said. "The government of India is coming up with a scrappage policy but we still do not have what we call an end-of-life regulation which is absolutely essential," said Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director at the CSE.


Indian Railways takes big step towards clean energy! Solar panels to be fitted on passenger trains

By Financial Express

For the first time, coaches on the Indian Railways would be powered by solar energy, with the national transporter retrofitting its passenger trains with flexible solar panels. This will operate fans, light and mobile charging slots on the coaches, a railway official said. Developed by the Indian Railway Organization for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), such solar panels were earlier fitted in DEMU trains last year.After the success on these coaches, it was felt that solar energy can also be harnessed in railway’s main line coaches for the comforts of common man, the official said. “With this target in mind, Member Rolling Stock (MRS)/ Railway board has directed IROAF to fit Solar PV Panels on rooftop of four passenger trains which face the problem of run down of batteries due to slow running of trains,” he said. Such fitment of solar panels has started to operate in Sitapur-Delhi Riwari Passenger train. These panels are light weight and easy to fit and most of these panels have been manufactured in India by CEL Ltd.