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CII Urges Government For Consultation Before Finalising EV Deadlines

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The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) the apex industry association of India, has urged the government for multi-stakeholder consultations with a special focus on affordability of consumers before setting a deadline for replacing conventional internal combustion engines on two and three-wheelers with electric powertrains. The CII has asked the government for a proper, well-aligned roadmap, formulated in consultation with industry stakeholders, before finalising goals and timelines for electrification of vehicles in India. The CII statement comes after the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said that the deadlines for two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturers to convert to electric will disrupt the industry.

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Mahindra Treo, Treo Yaari Launched in Delhi at Rs 1.77 Lakh

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Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd has announced that its electric 3-wheeler range Treo and Treo Yaari will now be available across New Delhi at a starting price of Rs. 1.77 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi for Treo Yaari SHT) and Rs. 2.79 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi for Treo SHT). Treo is India’s first lithium-ion electric 3 wheeler platform that was conceptualised to cater to the needs of both individual customers and aggregators such as fleet owners and institutional buyers.

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Tamil Nadu to Run 500 Electric Buses in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore: Transport Minister

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Tamil Nadu government has kicked off an initiative to run 500 electric buses in three cities - Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore of the state - in the first phase, Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar said. Claiming that the K Palaniswami government was the first to sign an agreement with C-40 Cities Clean Bus Declaration to operate battery operated buses in the transport corporations, he said the government was taking steps to run 2,000 electric buses and 12,000 BSVI-compliant buses.

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Subsidy proposals this week to set up 5,000 e-charging stations

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New Delhi: The government will within this week float two large proposals offering subsidy to states for deployment of 5,000 electric charging stations in cities and highways. This is the pilot electric infrastructure layout plan by the government and aims at promoting India’s plan to shift 40% fleet to battery-operated vehicles.

Presently, there are 150 charging stations in India. Setting up stations in cities will be open to all companies while only central utilities will be eligible to deploy such infrastructure on highways.

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HMSI to skip EV till 2020; reconsidering investment on new capacity

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Honda has not worked on any EV product development for India.

New Delhi: Despite government’s plan to electrify entire two-wheeler fleet upto 150cc by 2025, the country's second largest manufacturer Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI) have decided to give it miss at least till 2020. The company which has introduced PCX electric scooter in Japanese and other international markets, feels electric vehicles is a big challenge for a country like India.

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Delhi's First Electric Charging Station Inaugurated by Power Minister Satyendra Jain

A smart public electric vehicle charging station, set up by BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), was on Tuesday inaugurated at South Extension-II market by Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain. The tentative total cost of charging, including the cost of electricity and the overheads (parking charges, recovery of equipment cost ), is expected to be between Rs 160-Rs 200 for a full charge, a BRPL spokesperson said.

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Niti Aayog Proposes To Sell Only EVs 2030 Onwards



In another ambitious move, Niti Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold in the country after 2030. Government's think tank had earlier suggested banning all conventional three-wheelers and two-wheelers which are equipped with engines of up to 150 cc. According to Times Of India report, the committee has forward a cabinet note asking to assign roles to different ministries. Ministry of Road Transport And Highways (MoRTH) has been asked to work on a new framework to phase out the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030.

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GST on electric vehicles may be reduced to 5%

NEW DELHI: India may cut the goods and services tax (GST) on electric vehicles to 5% from 12% to provide a stimulus to the sector that’s a high priority for the Narendra Modi government.

The GST Council is set to take up the proposal at its June 20 meeting, said a senior government official aware of the development. “There is a proposal to cut tax rates on EVs among other issues,” the official told ET.

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This will be the next Demonitisation kind off move - utter failure and chaos especially for the middle and lower middle class. Where there is absolutely 0 to negligible infrastructure how the hell will this plan be successful ?
1) Can someone throw some light on this - Are coal powered car better for environment than petrol/ diesel powered cars ??
2) How can the entire industry turn upside down in just 11 years ??

Ambitious planning is one thing and practical decision making is another thing..
 
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Success or failure of demonetization is a debatable topic based on what is considered as the objective of such a move.

What infrastructure does an average vehicle user need?
In general people hardly travel 60 KM per day. In a city mostly a lot less. Provided we are approaching the 500 km per charge mark with most electric vehicles, you hardly need to charge every 5 days, just like most people fill-up the fuel now. And with the pace at which the battery tech and charging tech is improving, we'll soon approach or maybe even surpass the battery top up time compared to the fuel fill up, and also a higher range.

Yes, we are only limiting tail pipe emissions. We are taking the exhaust pipe out of our cars and putting it out at the monstrous power stations. BUT the benefits are huge. You are reducing the per KM emission by a healthy margin, dont know the exact numbers but have read somewhere (will post the link when i find it).

NOW to the industry part. Industry are also part of the society. And industry too is responsible for the environment as much as they are responsible for economy, GDP and employment. With GLOBAL WARMING, us reaching a critical point, every individuals responsibility to do their bit, that includes the industries too.


PS. Ather has shown with right product, people are willing to buy. When I visited the experience center, there was a customer who bought the product from outside their grid. Where warranty and service is void. And oh Boy what a product they have.
 
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Success or failure of demonetization is a debatable topic based on what is considered as the objective of such a move.

What infrastructure does an average vehicle user need?
In general people hardly travel 60 KM per day. In a city mostly a lot less. Provided we are approaching the 500 km per charge mark with most electric vehicles, you hardly need to charge every 5 days, just like most people fill-up the fuel now. And with the pace at which the battery tech and charging tech is improving, we'll soon approach or maybe even surpass the battery top up time compared to the fuel fill up, and also a higher range.

Yes, we are only limiting tail pipe emissions. We are taking the exhaust pipe out of our cars and putting it out at the monstrous power stations. BUT the benefits are huge. You are reducing the per KM emission by a healthy margin, dont know the exact numbers but have read somewhere (will post the link when i find it).

NOW to the industry part. Industry are also part of the society. And industry too is responsible for the environment as much as they are responsible for economy, GDP and employment. With GLOBAL WARMING, us reaching a critical point, every individuals responsibility to do their bit, that includes the industries too.


PS. Ather has shown with right product, people are willing to buy. When I visited the experience center, there was a customer who bought the product from outside their grid. Where warranty and service is void. And oh Boy what a product they have.
Everything you said above is valid assuming the range is 500 kms !! all the big automotive giants are struggling to achieve a range of 250 - 300, not to consider the high traffic conditions. And the range will even get shorter in regions with lower temperature...

Imagine you are on a 800 km trip and having to halt for an hour for filling fuel out of no where in the remote areas..

I am not against EVs, just about the policy that is all wrong !
 
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Government's think tank had earlier suggested banning all conventional three-wheelers and two-wheelers which are equipped with engines of up to 150 cc. According to Times Of India report, the committee has forward a cabinet note asking to assign roles to different ministries. Ministry of Road Transport And Highways (MoRTH) has been asked to work on a new framework to phase out the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030.
The first move should be to Ban all ill informed geniuses from making all these Knee jerk Bans, Stupid impractical policies and allowing only ones who are actually enthusiastic about Vehciles as well as Nature to be elected as officers ASAP.
These Super Smarts who make Policies don't know C of a Car and just make outlandish moves sitting in their Posh Airplanes & Offices.
 
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Govt Proposes No Registration Charges For Electric Vehicles

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The government has decided to waive registration charges for electric vehicles, a draft notification said Wednesday. The move, aimed at promoting electric vehicles (EVs) in India, comes at a time when the country plans high penetration of such vehicles by 2030. Issuing the draft notification to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, the road transport and highways ministry said battery-operated vehicles "shall be exempted from the payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark".

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Top Upcoming Electric Vehicles to Launch in India by 2020: Hyundai Kona, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV and More

The Indian auto industry is set to witness a sea change as leading car companies across the world are now preparing to bring their electric car models to India. The domestic car companies are also gearing up to keep pace with the central government’s push for more and more electric vehicles on Indian roads. Here is a list of some of the upcoming electric vehicles in India that can change the dynamics of the automobile sector:

Hyundai Kona
MG eZS
Revolt RV400
Mahindra eKUV100
Maruti Wagon R EV
Nissan Leaf

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Olectra-BYD to set up second electric bus plant in North India

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New Delhi: Olectra-BYD, a Hyderabad headquartered electric bus maker is actively scouting for land in north India to set up its second greenfield electric bus plant by 2021, a top company official said. The decision comes after it failed to formalize a deal with Karnataka government.

"Our aim is to supply buses at least possible rates. So, to cater the markets of north India and to save the transportation cost we will definitely start one plant in this region in the next three years," N Naga Satyam, Executive Director (ED) – Olectra Greentech told ETAuto.

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