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Bajaj did lauch scooters post Chethak. Remember Bravo? Legend? Sunny? Spirit? Kristal? And that 3 speed auto shifting Wave? They did launch Scooters and failed. For that matter ever TVS failed in a few products until they hit it out of the park with Scooty Pep and the Wego/Jupiter.
 
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Well all these scooters/mopeds were made after Chetak, during Sr. Bajaj's time, after the son's took over, they scrapped all these and concentrated on bikes only.
I do remember seeing an interview during Activa's peak when Sr. wanted a scooter/scooty in the mix, and the son's thought otherwise.
 

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Ampere Electric Vehicles Now Available 24x7 on Amazon
Enhances accessibility & convenience for EV buyers on online marketplace as part of its Omni-channel Strategy

Mumbai, October 16, 2019
: Ampere Vehicles Pvt Ltd, electric mobility subsidiary of Greaves Cotton Limited, announced the availability of electric scooters on Amazon e-commerce marketplace platform. This partnership allows customers across select cities today to buy the exciting range of electric scooters at their convenience in addition to availing exciting festive offers ahead of Diwali.

Electric scooters segment in India though smaller part of two-wheeler pie currently, is growing at over 200% according to the estimates of Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV). Ampere Electric Vehicles has a significant presence in the Indian electric two wheeler industry along with a range of multi-speed, affordable electric scooters that are currently popular with commuters making a switch from conventional mobility mediums to electric two-wheelers. With the introduction of its e-scooters online, Ampere further strengthens its value proposition to customers for a hassle-free purchase and smart transition to stylish, affordable and clean last mile mobility across India.

Recent policy measures along with growing eco-consciousness have made electric two-wheelers a very appealing bet to new generation of buyers. The smartphone and mobile internet boom has made online marketplace a great place to conduct business. This strategic alliance with Amazon allows Ampere Vehicles to connect and transact with digitally savvy users, particularly millennials, who are more comfortable meeting their needs through the click of a button. Ampere electric vehicles on Amazon will be a major boost to these users looking to get their hands on affordable, highly efficient and eco-friendly electric scooters.

Once the customers purchase Ampere electric two wheelers on Amazon, a payment confirmation voucher is issued and the customer can pick up the vehicle from respective dealer point. This allows the customers all the convenience of online shopping with the experience of offline dealerships. Ampere electric customers today can buy select models - Zeal, V-48 LA, Magnus 60, Reo LA and REO Li in select 10 cities from Amazon. These 10 cities are Theni, Thoothukudi ,Udumalpet, Trichy, Moodabidri, Mangalore, Gopichettipalayam, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Karur & Ambur. This facility will be extended very soon to other cities of India.

About Ampere Vehicles Pvt Ltd:

Ampere has a decade of experience in building and manufacturing electric vehicles. With strong base of 50000+ customers & growing backed by comprehensive EV ecosystem support, Ampere vehicles is pushing boundaries to create affordable & sustainable solutions for clean last mile in India. In the e2W segment, Ampere is one of the first companies in India to indigenously manufacture key components of an Electric Vehicle. Greaves Cotton augmented its clean technology portfolio with entry in the last mile affordable 2W personal Mobility segment with Ampere Electric Vehicles. More information at Home | Ampere Vehicles Presents Easy and Affordable Commutation

About Greaves Cotton:


Greaves Cotton Limited is a diversified engineering company and a leading manufacturer of Cleantech Powertrain Solutions (CNG, Petrol and Diesel Engines), Generator sets, Farm equipment, E-Mobility, Aftermarket spares and services. Greaves Cotton is a multi-product and multi-location company with rich legacy and brand trust of over 160 years and has established itself as a key player impacting billion lives every day. The company has seven manufacturing units and continues to support progress of the nation under Make-In-India program. The company today manufactures world class products and solutions under various business units - Greaves Engines, Greaves Power, Greaves Agri, Greaves Aftermarket, Greaves Care, Greaves Global and is backed by comprehensive support from 350+ Greaves big retail centres & 5300+ smaller spare parts retail outlets across the country.

In the mobility segment, the company manufactures 4 lakh plus engines annually, almost 1 engine per minute and provides the most affordable mobility solutions to the majority of population in India, moving more than 1 crore passengers and 5 lakh tonnes of cargo every day. In all, the company has crossed 5 million engines, 3 million pumpsets and 1 million gensets. Greaves Cotton augmented its clean technology portfolio with entry in the last mile affordable 2W personal Mobility segment with Ampere Electric Vehicles. More information about Greaves Cotton - www.greavescotton.com
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Chandigarh Drafts Electric Vehicle Policy, Only EVs to Get Registration Post 2030

To cater to the rising interest in electric mobility across India, many states are gearing up to adopt mass-scale electric mobility, with some willing to take precedence over others. According to a report, Chandigarh administration has chalked out a draft Electric Vehicle Policy or EV policy. With this, Chandigarh becomes the latest entrant in the list of states that have either come out with or already have a draft EV policy. The others include Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Bihar.

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EV Startup Evolet Sets Up Dealership Network In Punjab And Chandigarh



Gurugram-based electric two-wheeler startup, Evolet India, has announced setting up its dealership network in Punjab and Chandigarh. The electric vehicle maker, which recently showcased its electric scooter and motorcycle range, has identified Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, and Chandigarh as the key cities to set up its network. Furthermore, to promote its electric vehicle range, the company decided to showcase the capabilities of its electric scooter in a unique manner. A company representative rode its entry-level model, the Evolet Pony e-scooter, from Chandigarh to Delhi covering a distance of 250 km. The Evolet rider was also accompanied by a support team to meet their need of extra battery.


(The Evolet Warrior is an electric quad with a top speed of 60 kmph, and Punjab is one of the key market for it )

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Greaves Leasing Finance Ltd, a subsidiary of Greaves Cotton Limited, announces its tie up with WheelsEMI Private Limited

To provide easy financing to EV buyers and accelerate Cleantech mobility adoption in India

Mumbai, 8th November’ 2019:
Greaves Cotton Limited announced the activation of its wholly owned subsidiary NBFC arm, Greaves Leasing Finance Limited (“Greaves Finance”) as a part of strengthening its EV ecosystem in India. Greaves Finance along with Wheels EMI Pvt. Ltd (“WheelsEMI”), aims at providing easy finance options to prospective electric vehicle buyers, hence enable millions of people embrace eco-friendly vehicles. This move will make cost-conscious customers take a prudent decision while buying Ampere electric scooters. The financial products offered by WheelsEMI provide benefits such as credit accessibility, quick eligibility check, collateral free loan, attractive interest rates and personal assistance through the entire process to all prospective buyers of Ampere Electric Vehicles.

Speaking about the same, Mr. Harish Prabhu, Director - Greaves Finance said, “As leaders in the last mile mobility segment, we continue to play a pivotal role in fostering electric mobility penetration with affordable finance options for the discerning EV buyer. With this tie-up, millions of customers can buy electric scooters at a low down-payment and EMI’s across a fast-growing nationwide network for Ampere electric vehicles.”

Talking about the partnership, Mr. V, Karunakaran, Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, WheelsEMI said, “We at WheelsEMI believe that electric vehicles are the future and being a specialist Two-Wheeler Finance Company, we would like to move early into this space. Having an alliance with Greaves Finance, we have the unique opportunity of expanding this nascent market, together.”

Ampere vehicles’ stylish range of eco-friendly and energy efficient scooters are designed to stay true to its zero emission promise along with low running and maintenance costs, while offering optimum speed for safe city driving. Ampere vehicles are preferred in market by customers for higher savings over conventional vehicles and providing sustainable mobility solution for stronger future. Now with quick and easy financing options many more customers at the bottom-of-the pyramid can join fast growing family of 50,000 Ampere customers.

This partnership with Wheels EMI will enable Ampere vehicles to reach out to potential customers through attractive financing options that are tailor-made to facilitate varied customer requirements. With its robust product technology, growing service network, and now attractive loan options, Ampere Vehicles serve as the right combination to help meet the requirements of its existing and new consumers. This development promotes easy, affordable, and eco-friendly commutes, which expedites our race towards an electric future and fortifies India’s battle against deteriorating climate conditions.


About Greaves Cotton


Greaves Finance is a subsidiary of Greaves Cotton Limited, a diversified engineering company and a leading manufacturer of Cleantech Powertrain Solutions (CNG, Petrol and Diesel Engines), Generator sets, Farm equipment, E-Mobility, Aftermarket spares and services. Greaves Cotton is a multi-product and multi-location company with rich legacy and brand trust of over 160 years and has established itself as a key player impacting billion lives every day. The company has seven manufacturing units and continues to support progress of the nation under Make-In-India program. The company today manufactures world class products and solutions under various business units - Greaves Engines, Greaves Power, Greaves Agri, Greaves Aftermarket, Greaves Care, Greaves Global and is backed by comprehensive support from 350+ Greaves big retail centers and 5,300+ smaller spare parts retail outlets across the country.

In the mobility segment, the company manufactures 4 lakh plus engines annually, almost 1 engine per minute and provides the most affordable mobility solutions to the majority of population in India, moving more than 1 crore passengers and 5 lakh tonnes of cargo every day. In all, the company has crossed 5 million engines, 3 million pump sets and 1 million gensets. Greaves Cotton augmented its clean technology portfolio with entry in the last mile affordable 2W personal Mobility segment with Ampere Electric Vehicles. More information about Greaves Cotton - www.greavescotton.com

About WheelsEMI

WheelsEMI Private Limited is a non-banking finance company registered with the Reserve Bank of India that started its operations in April 2017 as a pioneer in Pre-Owned Two-Wheeler Finance in India. The core of WheelsEMI Pvt Ltd is in Impact Funding meaning funding such customers in the Customer pyramid wherein the ownership of a two-wheeler makes an impact in their lives and owning the vehicle is just not about adding convenience. Founded by Mr K Srinivas (Ex-President – Bajaj Auto Limited), Mr V Karunakaran (Ex Sr VP – Bajaj Auto Finance Limited) and Mr Ratheesh B (Ex – Bajaj Auto Finance Limited), WheelsEMI expanded to New Two Wheeler Finance, Electric Vehicles Finance including Institutional lending thereby becoming a two wheeler finance specialist in a very short span of time.
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Ashok Leyland Bags Order For 1750 Buses From Tamil Nadu STU



Hinduja Group's commercial vehicle arm, Ashok Leyland has bagged the order for 1750 buses from the Tamil Nadu State Transport Undertaking (STU). The company says that the new order comes closely on the back of several orders received from various STUs recently, and also at a time when the commercial vehicle segment has been gravely affected by the overall slowdown in the auto sector.

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Ather Energy Signs MoU With Tamil Nadu Government For New EV Manufacturing Facility



Bangalore-based electric vehicle maker Ather Energy has announced that the firm has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government for a 400,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility. The MoU was signed at the Investment and Skill Development Conclave in Chennai. The new facility will be located in Hosur, Tamil Nadu and is supported by the state government's EV policy. The electric vehicle maker stated that the new production plant aligns with the brand's plans to expand to 30 cities in the next few years, and the MoU will help scale-up production plans for the same.



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Delhi Government Drafts Electric Vehicle Policy 2019



The Delhi government has released the draft for the Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 that aims at the frequent use of electric vehicles in the national capital. The policy draft states that the primary goal is to improve Delhi's air quality by bringing down emissions from the transport sector. As a result, the policy will seek the rapid adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in such a way that they contribute 25 per cent to the overall new vehicle registrations by 2024." The draft of the Delhi EV Policy was first put out in the public domain in November last year and suggestions and comments from the stakeholders including non-profit think-tanks, academic experts, EV and battery manufacturers, as well as multilateral bodies and concerned individuals.

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Only 1,071 Electric Cars Sold In India Between April-October 2019



The Indian auto industry is volatile and 2019 has been particularly difficult, with sales plummeting and the industry weaving through a maze of changes in regulations and policies. And there were no concrete policies or steps taken on electrification in automotive industry as well. India is a still a long way from warming up to electric cars and the sales data from April 2019 to October 2019 show that. According to a report, only 1,071 units of electric cars were sold in India between April-October 2019. It just formed a measly 0.067 per cent of the total car sales in India during the same time.

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Ampere electric scooter dealer network in India – Detailed

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Starting from September 2019, the Coimbatore-based e-scooter manufacturer has opened 23 new dealerships across the country. With EV space heating up in the country, it is imperative for early birds like Ampere to scale up the operations in order to stay in contention. The company currently has around 20% market share and widening the brand presence across the country would help improve things further.

Ampere’s products range from low-duty runabouts that doesn’t require license to premium e-scooters with lithium-ion battery. The new dealerships have come up in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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Ather electric scooter next in Hyderabad – 2020 launch plan teased

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After successful launches in Bangalore and Chennai, Hero MotoCorp backed Ather Energy now has plans to launch its electric scooter in 6 new cities of India in the year 2020. The first of which, is likely to be Hyderabad.

Ather Energy has updated their profile photo on social media with ‘Ather’ written in Telugu, the language which is mostly spoken in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In their official release in the past, Ather had revealed that their next launch destinations include Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

First launched in 2017 in Bangalore, deliveries began only in 2018. In 2019, the company expanded their network to Chennai. In 2020, they plan their largest expansion plan. Below is the video which hints at their next launch cities for 2020. It is also the year when they will face stiff competition, as Bajaj will launch their electric scooter Chetak this month.


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Maruti WagonR electric car spied on test – Auto Expo debut

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Recently, a patent application for an upcoming all-electric Maruti Suzuki product was leaked online. Dubbed as the ‘Futuro-E’, the model was initially thought to be an all-electric avatar of the S-Presso since the budget hatchback made its debut back at Auto Expo 2018 as the ‘Future-S’ concept. However, the test mule you see here tells a different story since it is clearly a India-spec new gen WagonR version.

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Even though the prototype wears heavy camouflage, it is evident that the car looks very different from the Japanese WagonR Electric it’s based on. Plus, we can make out some aesthetic details such as split-headlamps, alloy wheels borrowed from the Maruti Ignis; missing exhaust pipe, the tall-boy silhouette.

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The final production version might be sold only at select NEXA dealerships (in major cities) in the initial phases and the sales network could be increased depending on demand. Fast-charging (80% charge within an hour’s time) is most likely a part of the standard package while range expectations should cross 200km.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to roll out 10,000 electric delivery-rickshaws in India




After a three-day visit to India, Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos recently tweeted a new video with a new gift for India. The video shows Bezos and a few more drivers in action with the brand’s new all-electric delivery rickshaws. Further, the new electric rickshaws in the video have no carbon emissions. The Amazon CEO aims to bring the technology to India for clean pollution-free delivery operations.

Further details of the project are unknown as of now. The video, however, seems to be aimed at social media and is armed with an eco-friendly message. The charcoal-colored rickshaws closely resemble existing auto-rickshaws in the country. The simple design of the vehicle features a large boot to carry around delivery goods of most sizes.

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Omega Unveils Singha Electric Cargo 3W Range; To Invest ₹ 200 Crore In Electric Cargo Space



Omega Seiki mobility has ventured into the electric cargo space with the Singha and Singha Max electric three wheelers. Both electric three wheelers are equipped with a 48V lithium-ion battery pack which powers the electric motor, putting out 80 Nm of peak torque and the top-speed is rated at up to 80 kmph. The payload capacity of both vehicles is up to 500 kg including the weight of the battery pack. Speaking of the battery pack, there are options of a swappable battery and customers get a 15A charger which can completely charge the vehicle within three hours.

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