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Noida to get 100 Public EV Charging Stations Under EESL-Noida Authority MoU

Noida Authority and EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday to install one hundred charging stations to promote the use of electric vehicles in Noida. According to an official, the survey work is currently underway in order to finalize the spots where these stations are going to be set up. Out of the 100 charging stations, three are going to come up at Indra Gandhi Kala Kendra and commercial hubs in Sector 18 and Sector 62. These are expected to become functional within a week.

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Magenta Power Introduces Portable & Compact EV Charging Solutions with ‘ChargeGrid’ Series

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The ChargeGrid Pro Series comes in 2 variants for multiple applications. While the IEC socket is standard, the second socket could be a 16A Domestic Socket or a Type2 connector. The BT model is Bluetooth enabled & an add-on feature. The pricing of the ChargeGrid series starts from the range of Rs 11,000 to Rs 50,000. To be precise the ChargeGrid LITE costs Rs. 11,799, The ChargeGrid PRO has 2 variants PRO-3P which is for 32,499 and PRO-T2 costing around Rs.39,499 & the cost of ChargeGrid ULTRA is Rs. 48,699.

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5,645 Electric Buses Sanctioned for 65 Cities: NITI Aayog CEO

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NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday said an inter-ministerial panel has sanctioned 5,645 electric buses for operations in 65 cities, a move seen towards environment-friendly mobility. Last week, the GST Council headed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman decided to cut the tax rates on e-vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent with effect from August 1.

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Charging Electric Vehicles in Delhi Gets Cheaper, DERC Cuts Rate by Rs 1 per kW

In a step to curb pollution in the city, the Delhi Electricity Regularity Commission (DERC) has cut down the rates of charging stations for e-rickshaws and other electric vehicles. People who charge their vehicle at home, (low-tension e-vehicle users) will pay Rs 4.5 per kW instead of Rs 5.5. Meanwhile, people who charge their electric vehicle at public charging stations (high-tension users) will pay Rs 4 instead of Rs 5.

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Govt Sanctions 5,595 Electric Buses in 64 Cities Under 2nd Phase of FAME Scheme

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The government has sanctioned 5,595 electric buses in 64 cities for intracity and intercity operations under the second phase of FAME India scheme in order to push for clean mobility in public transportation, an official release said on Thursday. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises had invited expression of interest (EoI) from cities with a million-plus population, smart cities, state or UT capitals and special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on an operational cost basis.

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Delhi-NCR to Get Additional 300 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in 6 Months

The national capital and its surrounding urban centres will soon get 300 more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the next five to six months. The project to install charging stations is being undertaken by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power.
At present, the state-run firm in association with New Delhi Municipal Council has already installed 55 DC-0001 15 kW public charging stations in Delhi.

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Tata Power to Set Up 500 EV Charging Stations in India by 2020, Says Ramesh Subramanyam

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The Government of India is pushing the electric vehicle penetration in India by announcing a slew of tax cuts and benefits on the EVs, right from GST cut to tax free registration. However, growing EVs means India needs proper charging infrastructure, which is currently at its nascent stage. Tata Power, part of the Tata Group has now jumped the wagon to install electric vehicle charging stations across India and is the first big name to do so.

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Top EV startups to watch​

The harmful effects of air pollution and the related health issues we are facing due to exhaust emissions is well understood. It is time to act on it soon before it's too late. As consumers we can play our part. The solution to this is to adopt sustainable mobility option - an Electric Vehicle which is non polluting. Better air quality will lead to fewer health problems and related cost saving as well. EVs are also quieter than petrol/diesel vehicles, which means less noise pollution. Owners of an EV have the advantage of much lower running costs. The average running cost of an EV works out around a third of the cost per kilometer when compared to conventional fuel (petrol) run vehicle.

Avan Motors - Avan Motors is one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle manufacturers in India that builds high-quality products with an aim to reinvent the urban electric mobility space. The inspiration behind the inception of Avan Motors was to provide a cost-effective and functional intra-city transport solution that is also sustainable and environment-friendly. The team at Avan Motors is driven by innovation and technology, with a strong focus on thinking out of the box to solve the challenges in the urban electric mobility space.

Ather Energy - The company has a vision of working the eco-friendly way. The “Ather” is derived from Aether, literally meaning the purest air. Their innovations are themselves a statement reconfirming the claims; they believe electric vehicles are the future of mobility. Conventional petrol or diesel-consuming vehicles pollute the environment by carbon emission and other pollution catalysts. Ather has also introduced its own charging network in the city of Bengaluru by the name of Ather Grid. As the company expands its market in other cities, it is bound to garner more interest from Indian buyers overtime.

Okinawa Scooters -This brand is driven by the belief that they have the power to change how the world travels. Their innovations, fueled forward by their engineers allow them to power products that are both eco-friendly as well as state-of-the-art. Powered by green technology, Okinawa’s products are able to cover longer distances at higher speeds with lower emissions. The larger load capacity and stylish aesthetics make it all the more tempting. All of this, without affecting Mother Nature - that is what powers Okinawa. We aim to bring about a revolution in how India travels on two wheels.

Menza Motors - An electric automobile manufacturing company that aims to introduce a new dimension in commuting and transportation in India with its avant-garde bikes and motor technology. Its vision is to utilize sustainable, customizable technology to enhance human connectivity and transportation. This can ultimately usher the world into a healthier future.

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Tamil Nadu EV Policy Proposes 100% Road Tax Exemption On Electric Cars Until 2022



Encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the state, the government of Tamil Nadu has announced the Electric Vehicle Policy draft with a number of recommendations and changes for the EV sector. The big takeaway from the announcement will be the 100 per cent exemption on registration fees for EVs till the end of 2022. According to the policy draft, the state government plans to become a centre for the EV ecosystem, not just in demand but manufacturing as well. The draft proposes a number of incentives to industries and buyers in a bid as it plans to attract ₹ 50,000 crore of investment in EV manufacturing and creation of over 1.5 lakh new jobs.

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Tork Motors Installs Its First EV Fast-Charging Station In Pune


(The new fast-chargers will have the capability of providing up to 100V battery capacity.)

Pune-based electric vehicle start-up, Tork Motors has announced installing its first electric vehicle (EV) fast charging station in Pune, Maharashtra. The company's first fast charger has been installed at Cafe Peter's Bund Garden Road outlet in Pune. The electric vehicle manufacturer, which is gearing up for its market launch, says that the installation of the new fast charger is in line with the government's vision of promoting e-mobility in India. Also, the Tork charging stations are claimed to be 100 per cent compliant to the standardised Bharat EV Specifications and can support any electric vehicle in the city that features a GB/T plug.

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Hero Electric partners with CSC e-Governance to promote Rural e Mobility in India

Hero Electric will provide its eco-friendly products to consumers in Tier 2 and 3 markets through the CSC channels
New Delhi, 3rd October 2019:
Biggest electric vehicle brand in India, Hero Electric, today announced its partnership with CSC e Governance Services India Ltd. with an aim to promote electric mobility in rural and relatively under-developed areas of the country. Through this strategic partnership, Hero Electric strives to safeguard the environment by providing eco-friendly solutions to millions of consumers in Rural part of India.

As part of this partnership, Hero Electric will provide its eco-friendly products to the CSC E-Governance to further reach rural areas and promote electric mobility adoption. The CSC e-Governance will provide these electric vehicles, which are more economical and smarter mobility solutions - a viable and savings-oriented alternatives to ICE vehicles, to the residents of these areas, under the partnership, through their own CSC channels, enabling them to access and adapt to smarter and green mobility solutions. Currently CSCE has 250,000 centers with the Gram Panchayat and 150,000 centers in urban cities, which act as a host of B2C services of the CSC Channels for citizens of the remote areas of the country.

Mr. Sohinder Gill, CEO of Hero Electric said, “As pioneers in the electric two-wheeler industry in India, this partnership perfectly aligns with our purpose of promoting ‘Green Mobility’ by identifying opportunities for EV transition even at the grass roots level. We will continue to collaborate with institutions through such initiatives, to ensure that the sales of electric vehicles witness healthy growth year-on-year in the country, including the rural areas.”

Dr. Dinesh Tyagi, CEO of CSC e Governance Services India Ltd said, “This partnership is a step towards the future of clean mobility in India, and together with Hero Electric, we will bring a transformation in the electric mobility paradigm. A transition to electric mobility, especially in urban areas, is at the top of the Government of India’s policy agenda and now it’s time to take this wave forward to rural areas as well.”

Mr. Gaurav Choudhary, Project Manager, said CSC SPV along with Hero Electric would develop a collaborative framework to spread awareness around environmental protection and develop charging stations across the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities for successful delivery of services to the residents of the area.

About CSC e-Governance Services India Limited:

CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle, has been set up by the Ministry of Electronics & IT under the Companies Act, 1956 to oversee implementation of the CSC scheme. CSC SPV provides a centralized collaborative framework for delivery of services to citizens through CSCs, besides ensuring systemic viability and sustainability of the Scheme.

About Hero Electric India:
HERO ELECTRIC is one of the oldest and the biggest Electric Vehicle brand in India & has been at the forefront of the electric 2-wheeler industry. The company’s manufacturing unit is in Ludhiana and it sells a wide range of electric scooters. Hero Electric currently has around 610 sales and service outlets spread across the country. It has a lot of firsts in the industry ranging from developing and launching the first lithium ion based electric scooter in India to launching the unique concept of charging stations for anywhere, everywhere charging. With close to 3 lakhs electric two wheelers in India, the company has been delivering sustainable travel solutions from the past 12 years and counting & has played a very important role in developing the EV market in the country.
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Electric vehicle charging infrastructure norms revised to boost e-mobility

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In order to ensure a steady adoption of electric vehicles, our country needs a robust charging infrastructure. Taking a step in this direction, Power Minister R K Singh has recently approved amendments in guidelines and specifications for charging infrastructure. Earlier guidelines which were issued by the Power Ministry on December 14, 2018, are going to be superseded by the new guidelines. The Power Minister said that the revised guidelines and standards have been introduced while keeping the consumer in mind and have been integrated in sync with the suggestions which were received from various stakeholders.

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Kinetic Safar Star Electric Three-Wheeler Launched For Last Mile Deliveries, Priced At ₹ 2.2 Lakh



Kinetic Green Energy has announced the launch of a new electric vehicle 'Kinetic Safar Star' for the last mile deliveries and marked its entry into the mid-speed vehicle segment. Equipped with a payload capacity of up to 400 kg, the new electric three-wheeler is said to have been built with an all-steel body and is ideal for transporting goods in cramped, crowded city streets, given its compact size. Priced at ₹ 2.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), the Kinetic Safar Star qualifies for the incentive offered by Government of India under Fame 2 owing, including the cost of the lithium-ion battery.



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Eagerly awaiting Bajaj Urbanite (E-Chetak), to see Sanjeev Bajaj's attempt at a scooter, remember he went against the wisdom of his father not to launch a scooter, when Activa was at it's peak.
 
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