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ReadyAssist is planning to provide roadside assistance to Electric Vehicles across 5000 locations in India.

The customers will receive assistance for services such as battery swapping, on-spot charging through mobile charging units etc.

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The company will also facilitate funding options to its existing mechanics partners so that they can open their own micro charging kiosks at home to support EV owners across urban and rural areas. This will not only help them become a key stake holder in building sustainable energy ecosystem but also help them turn them into micro-entrepreneurs. Such micro charge stations will be connected through the companies technology platform and made available to customer through the subscription model.

“From launching the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme in 2015 to National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, the Indian government has taken a number of steps in boosting the EV industry in India. However, there are many challenges that needs to be addressed for a successful adaptation of EV starting from getting the right product to wining customer mindshare, competency building, service & support network, charging network, RSA network and so on. We at ReadyAssist is trying to solve the challenge in competency building, setting up charging network & adding EV specific RSA by cross leveraging our existing network & infrastructure in addition to our regular RSA and accidental recovery support.” said Vimal Singh, Founder & CEO, ReadyAssist.

With multiple large corporations entering into EV segment and also multi-national companies announcing its plans to launch its electric vehicles in India, the sentiments across the Indian EV market are at an all-time high spirit. The electric vehicle (EV) market in India is expected to hit over 63 lakh unit mark per annum by 2027 at a CAGR of 44 percent, according to a report by India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).

About ReadyAssist

Launched in January 2019, ReadyAssist is one of the leading 24/7 on-spot breakdown support, towing and repairs provider for both Bikes & Cars. The brand’s intent is to be the best roadside assistance provider by proactively addressing the real-time vehicle breakdown problems of customers using deep machine learning, data intelligence, and operations efficiency.

They use data intelligence to match the right mechanics for a problem using their skills, competency, experience, rating, location, discipline and many other factors. They have successfully attended 400000+ incidents in the last 12 months growing from 20 mechanics to 5000+ mechanics today and at a rate of 200+ percentage. They are awarded as the Bootstrap Champ by World Startup Expo & one among the top 28 Most fundable startups in India for the year 2020 by India Fund Fest.
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ABB and Amazon Web Services steer fleets to an all-electric future


ABB and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company, announced a collaboration to jointly develop a cloud-based digital solution for the real-time fleet management of EVs. The solution will optimize the efficient use of EVs and speed up the electrification of transport fleets, helping operators worldwide maintain 100 percent business continuity as they transition to fully electric.

The collaboration will combine eMobility leader ABB’s extensive experience in energy management, charging technology and e-mobility solutions with AWS’s unparalleled portfolio of cloud technologies and software expertise.

The new platform, which is planned for roll out in the second half of 2021, will offer a tailored user experience in a single-view platform. From the EV charge point to the fleet data dashboard, it will make EV fleet management more efficient and maximize reliability.

Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s eMobility Division, comments: “ABB and AWS share a similar vision around the potential of eMobility to transform society. Our combined expertise supports the common goal of making EV fleet management simpler and more accessible. This new solution will revolutionize the world of electric mobility, integrating EV hardware and software into one ecosystem to provide a seamless user experience. We are confident that by working together we can propel the use of electric fleet vehicles by giving operators the confidence to make the switch.”

At present, 23 percent of global, energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the transport sector.1 Electrification of traffic can substantially reduce CO2 levels and large fleets can play a crucial role with nearly 400,000 electric delivery vans and trucks on the roads globally.2 However, many fleets are met with similar challenges when it comes to real-time vehicle and charging status information, maintenance of EV’s and managing access to charging infrastructure.

Today, most fleet operators opt for third-party charging management software. This offers limited functionality and ability to customize based on the range of EV models and breadth of charging infrastructure. The speed at which charging technology continues to develop is increasing, and the resulting adaptations needed can be costly and take a lot of resources. As such, fleet operators are looking for scalable, secure and easily tailored advanced software solutions, combined with easy to manage charging hardware, that enable them to plug and go.

To drive progress in EV fleets, ABB has created a pureplay venture in Berlin that will develop tailored, scalable and cost-effective technologies for fleet operators which can be used by all vehicle OEMs. Working with AWS, this new venture will design the interoperable fleet management solution to work with all vehicle types and charging infrastructure. Using machine learning and analytics, it will include a compelling set of features including charge planning and real-time monitoring with insight and actions for vehicle health and servicing, along with EV route optimization based on time of day, weather and use patterns.

“As industries forge ahead with electrification of their vehicle fleets, customers need reliable and intuitive services to help them adapt to the new operating model and optimize how they utilize their fleets. This collaboration between AWS and ABB will combine our companies’ deep expertise in the automotive, logistics and electrification spaces with leadership in the cloud to deliver a hardware-agnostic, intelligent electric fleet management solution,” said Jon Allen, Director, Professional Services, Automotive at AWS. “Together, ABB and AWS will bring the insights, agility and scale the cloud provides to the electric vehicle industry and help our customers successfully transition to a lower-emission future.”
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Switch Mobility and Siemens partner to create a sustainable future through Green Mobility

Chennai, April 8, 2021:
Switch Mobility Automotive Limited today joined hands with Siemens Limited, a global technology powerhouse known for their engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability over 170 years, to address the potential of the e-mobility market in India, driven by a strong commitment to support zero emission mobility through lowest Total Cost of Ownership.

Switch Mobility Automotive and Siemens have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards building a co-operative technological partnership in electric commercial mobility segment and execute eMobility projects in India

The MOU is aimed at delivering efficient, cost-effective and sustainable E-Mobility solutions to various commercial vehicle customers in India. To achieve this objective, Switch Mobility Ltd., will bring its strong electric commercial vehicle industry experience while Siemens will offer its proven flexible, high-efficiency and future-ready charging infrastructure technology with efficient & reliable medium-voltage grid connection solutions. Siemens’ charging infrastructure management software solution would enhance the energy-efficient operations of the chargers.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Switch Mobility Ltd., said, “Switch Mobility has a strong pedigree in the commercial vehicle market in India and is ideally placed to promote our aspiration of zero carbon emission transportation. With our experience of over 230 Electric vehicles already in operation successfully in India and the U.K, we see immense growth opportunities for Switch’s expansion in India, Europe and many Global markets. Our aspiration is to make Electric products more affordable through this offering, which is also shared by Siemens, renowned for their rich technological pedigree in innovative engineering solutions. We believe that a collaborative approach will accelerate the process. I am very excited with this collaboration which I strongly believe augurs well for the future of commercial e-mobility, in India.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Nitin Seth, Director, Switch Mobility Ltd., said “Our collaboration with Siemens will focus on key identified areas, which will be critical to propel ourselves as an industry, towards clean and sustainable mobility solutions. Our overarching objective is to achieve the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and our endeavour with Siemens will focus on it to make eMobility a compelling solution for businesses and environment in India”

Mr. Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Limited, said, “Siemens is a global leader in E-Mobility solutions for commercial vehicles. We have been implementing projects for electric commercial vehicles across the globe. Together with Switch Mobility, we intend to implement high-quality techno-commercial solutions to address the needs of the growing E-mobility market in India.”

As part of the MOU, Siemens Financial Services (SFS), the financing arm of Siemens AG, will consider a minority investment in OHM Global Mobility Private Ltd., the eMaas platform company to be formed as a subsidiary of Switch Mobility Automotive Limited

About Switch Mobility:
Switch Mobility is a technology-focused bus and light commercial vehicle company with the mission to enrich lives through green mobility. Formed in 2020 as a mature start-up, Switch is forged from the EV capabilities of Ashok Leyland, the fourth largest bus and LCV OEM in the world, and Optare, the British bus company with over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design. Currently fulfilling orders in UK, Switch is creating a strong foundation for the expansion of its operations in Europe and driving growth in India and other parts of the world.

With a dedicated team of people at our sites in the UK and India, our market-leading vehicles are sold around the globe and combine the best of British and Indian design, technology and engineering to create unique products. Capitalising on our demonstrable experience and proven expertise in lightest weight architecture, zero emissions technologies, data analytics and software, and customer service, Switch Mobility aims to be the commercial EV provider of choice and the industry employer of choice.

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focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process, discrete & hybrid manufacturing industries. The Company brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. It offers broad expertise across the entire energy value chain, along with a comprehensive portfolio for utilities, independent power producers, transmission system operators, the oil and gas industry, and other energy-intensive industries. With its products, solutions, systems, and services, it addresses the needs of energy transition, including storage and sector-coupling solutions. It is also a supplier and service provider of intelligent mobility solutions for rail, road and inter-modal transport for passenger and freight services. Siemens Limited is the flagship listed company of Siemens AG in India. As of September 30, 2020, Siemens Limited had Revenue from continuing operations of INR 9,581 crore and 9,258 employees. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.co.in
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We Indians have Toyota Camry, prius, etc., but

Why isn't that any automobile manufacturer is considering a launch of an affordable hybrid vehicle? I think the hybrid vehicles can make the people to get into the electric car segment more easily than compelling the customers to buy an electric vehicle. Still each and every automobile company has not set the charging stations in many areas, other than one or two. So it is still a question for a person who decides to buy an electric vehicle while touring in it, the charging station in that destination must be present otherwise it is just a blank question that "Is electric vehicles are meant to be driven only in and around city alone?".

So to go that extra mile first we Indians have to settle down for a hybrid vehicle then we will surely adopt to an electric vehicle by the time we adopt to a hybrid vehicle the automobile manufacturers will have time to set many charging stations across India.

While I agree with your viewpoint, I have a couple of reservations too. Your point (are e-vehicles meant for city use only) is well taken. In India the percentage of car owners who use them for touring outside their home town is probably minuscule. And while hybrids are very attractive on paper, their cost (for the half-way decent ones at least) is still nearly prohibitive. And a country-wide charging infrastructure is still some way off. So it is not yet a commercially viable proposition for mfrs. For a country with India's geo-location (year-round sunlight, tropical vegetation cover, fallow land availability etc), a bio-fuel solution could be viable. I wonder what happened to all the hype about bio-diesel from jatropha?
 

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T.N.R Electric Two Wheelers Founder Shri. T.N Mittal provided us with his valuable insights on the storage, maintenance & ownership cost and possible recycling methods for the lithium-ion battery.

"First of all Lithium-Ion battery invention is very good technology for the world, you know if any technology is new in starting then it is expensive but day by day it is going cheaper. It’s true. As it’s safety matter the manufacturers are recommending to keep this battery less than 35 Degree temperature for the safer side. As well as there is no solution in the world for the recycling of the lithium-ion battery now. But it’s good to know that the lithium battery does not need any maintenance cost for its period of life."
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Welectric and MoEVing Partner to Accelerate Electrification of Last Mile Delivery Operations

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• Welectric will provide 1,000 electric 2Ws on lease with after sales and maintenance support

• Welectric is working closely with leading OEMs like Hero Electric, Greaves Cotton Ampere and Okinawa; Plans to partner with multiple logistics and delivery companies and scale up in 5-7major cities in the next twelve months

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3rd May, 2021: Welectric, an electric two wheeler mobility startup working on building the electric 2W ecosystem in the country, has announced a partnership with MoEVing, a Gurgaon based startup working nationally to ensure carbon free delivery for the last and middle mile segments. Welectric is building a multi-brand electric 2W lifecycle management company and is currently focusing on businesses with last mile delivery operations to help adopt electric 2Ws for delivery operations. To kick-off the partnership, Welectric is delivering 60 electric 2Ws to MoEVing in Bangalore. Both companies plan to scale up this partnership to over 1,000 electric 2Ws across major cities in India in the next few quarters.

Vikas Jain the Founder and CEO of Welectric said “We are excited to partner with moEVing in our mission to transition the 2Ws ecosystem in India to electric. This partnership will allow moEVing to grow their business in an asset light model without worrying about maintenance or aftermarket of their electric 2Ws. Our fast-growing B2B business is helping us forge strong industry partnerships and build expertise around performance and maintenance of electric 2Ws of different brands.” Welectric is solving the finance, maintenance and aftermarket challenges for electric 2Ws, while MoEVing is building a technology platform to accelerate electrification of the entire logistics space(2W, 3W & 4Ws) through an integrated approach of demand aggregation, supply optimization, and connected charging infrastructure. Growth of e-commerce in India over the last 5 years, with further boost due to the ongoing pandemic has led to rapid scaling of last and middle mile logistics in India.

Commenting on the partnership, Vikash Mishra, Founder & CEO, MoEVing said, “We are delighted to partner with Welectric, a very innovative company focusing on life cycle management for electric two wheelers. We will hit 1,000 EV target very soon and hope to sign up for the next10,000 EVs with Welectric. This asset light approach helps us scale up the electric mobility transition in the last mile delivery space across the country.”


With massive demand in the B2B space, MoEVing is leveraging electric vehicles to reduce delivery cost, enable better earnings for drivers as well as cut carbon emissions. Welectric’s lifecycle management approach solves crucial problems around financing, maintenance and aftermarket of electric 2Ws and therefore compliments MoEVing’s ambition of Carbon-free deliveries in India. Both companies see massive opportunities in transforming fast-expanding numbers of delivery vehicles in the country to electric.

About Welectric

Welectric is building a digital ecosystem for sales, finance, maintenance and aftermarket of electric 2Ws. With initial focus on the B2B segment, Welectric will eventually make the transition to electric 2Ws convenient and flexible for individuals as well. Welectric is taking an ecosystem approach and building a digital brand agnostic Electric 2W lifecycle management company. With crucial elements of fintech and e-commerce in its business model, Welectric is reimagining the2W ecosystem in India which is electric and digital. Welectric has signed up with multiple OEMs and Logistics players recently.

About moEVing

moEVing is the technology platform to transform the EV ecosystem to accelerate EV adoption in India. It aims to onboard 1 million EV by 2030 by focusing on an integrated approach to demand aggregation, supply optimization, and connected charging infrastructure. moEVing is currently operating in Bangalore, Delhi/NCR, and Mumbai/Pune, with the plan to expand to 100+cities inthe next 3-5 years. Leading a team having experience of completing 100 million e-km deployments across multiple cities in India, Vikash Mishra, Founder & CEO is on a mission to drive sustainable mobility along with sustainable livelihoods for drivers by providing them increased earnings in a respectful manner.
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BluSmart offers 50% off on all rides & rentals to Medics fighting COVID-19

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BluSmart, India’s first all-electric ride hailing platform, today announced that the company is offering 50% off on all rides and rentals for the healthcare workers (medics), including medical doctors, medical students, paramedics, or an emergency medical responder (people who are specially trained to provide out-of-hospital care in medical emergencies). BluSmart aims to maintain the highest standards of safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease with utmost precautions and safety for their customers and driver partners as well.

Furthering our commitment to ensure the safety of each customer and to minimize the spread of COVID19, at BluSmart we have taken our offerings to a whole new level in order to ensure highest degree of safety and security. For instance, we have become India’s first taxi fleet to:
  • Get driver partners’ vaccination status on the app, which also showcases driver’s temperature and last taxi sanitization time.
  • Create a cockpit which separates the driver partners from the customers, to ensure customer & driver partner safety.
  • Ensure no touch travel for the customers, where the driver partners open and close the doors for the customer and sanitizes customers hands before and after every trip.
  • Follow a no cancelation policy for all its rides, to ensure timely cab availability.

Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Anmol Jaggi, Co-Founder & CEO, BluSmart said, “The second wave of COVID like last year has brought about a series of challenges with itself. This initiative will help us eliminate some of those challenges brought about by the lack of accessibility, by providing our medics with a safe ride at minimal cost. Due to lockdown being implemented again in the cities specially in Delhi there are a lot of barriers these medics might face while travelling and by this step we aim to make their travel hassle free.”

One of the fastest growing electric mobility service providers, BluSmart has partnered with world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturers, and features mobility technology.

About BluSmart:

BluSmart is leading India’s path to zero-emission mobility, and we will continue to improve the quality of lives of people, driver partners and continue to provide the most reliable ride hailing service to the customers. BluSmart is committed to reliable, affordable, and sustainable mobility. BluSmart is the most preferred mode of public transportation across Delhi NCR having completed 12 million+ clean kms and saved 700+ tonne of CO2 emissions. For more information,
visit: BluSmart: Book Safe & Sanitized Electric Cabs
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MoRTH Proposes Waiving off Registration And Renewing Charges For Electric Vehicles

In a bid to encourage e-mobility in India, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) today proposed to exempt battery-operated vehicles from payment of fees for issuing and renewing registration certificates. The new draft notification states that any electric vehicle (EV) buyer will be exempted from paying a registration fee for a new EV or a fee for renewal of registration as well. Now to give you an idea, the registration fee for a vehicle ranges from ₹ 300 to Rs 1500 only. So the more substantial thing would be a subsidy in road tax which varies in different states.

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NHPC to have the biggest Electric Vehicle Fleet amongst Central Public Sector Enterprises
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Shri N.K. Jain, Director (Personnel), Shri Biswajit Basu, Director (Projects), Shri A.K. Srivastava, CVO, & Shri Rajesh Kumar, GM (Mechanical) from NHPC and Shri Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Shri Rajneesh Rana, CGM & Cluster Head (North) EESL/ CESL alongwith Agreement documents after signing of E-Mobility Agreements between NHPC and CESL on 4th June 2021.

In a significant step towards environment protection, NHPC Limited, India’s premier hydropower company has signed E-Mobility Agreements with Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for leasing of 25 nos of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and supply of 3 nos. of Electric Vehicle fast chargers to NHPC including its installation & commissioning. NHPC will have the biggest EVs fleet amongst Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in India. NHPC had earlier leased 2 no. of Electric Vehicles through EESL in 2019.

The E-Mobility Agreements were signed through video conferencing on 4th June 2021. The agreements were signed by Shri Rajesh Kumar, GM (Mechanical) on behalf of NHPC and Shri Rajneesh Rana, CGM & Cluster Head (North) EESL/ CESL on behalf of CESL. Shri N.K. Jain, Director (Personnel), Shri Biswajit Basu, Director (Projects) and Shri A.K. Srivastava, CVO from NHPC and Ms. Mahua Acharya, MD & CEO and Shri Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) were also present on the occasion. NHPC has signed the E-mobility agreement as a step towards its commitment towards environment and on eve of celebrating World Environment Day 2021.

Commenting on the E-Mobility Agreement, Shri A.K. Singh, CMD, NHPC said, “We are glad to expand our EV fleet by associating with CESL. NHPC is dedicated towards the environment and is committed to contribute towards reducing carbon footprints in the country”. On the occasion Shri N.K. Jain, Director (Personnel), NHPC said, “The E-mobility agreement between NHPC and CESL is an important step towards reducing pollution levels and it is fitting that the agreement is being signed between two companies dedicated towards clean environment and reducing carbon emission.”

Speaking during the E-mobility agreement exchange, Shri Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) said, “It is a well-established fact that EVs are the future. The country’s transition towards cleaner modes of transport cannot be fulfilled without mass adoption of EVs and we are delighted to have partnered with NHPC to accelerate this movement.”

A broad MOU between NHPC and EESL to explore opportunities of Energy Efficiency and Conservation measures in NHPC is also under process.
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Electric Two-Wheelers To Get More Affordable As Government Amends FAME II Subsidies

In a bid to push for faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles in India, the government has announced an amendment to the FAME II scheme for electric vehicles. Under the amendment, the government has increased subsidies on electric two-wheelers that will help bring down the prices by a significant margin. According to the notification issued by the Department of Heavy Industry, the incentive for electric two-wheelers has been increased to ₹ 15,000 per kWh, a hike of ₹ 5,000 per kWh from the older subsidy rate.

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Re: The Electric Vehicle & Hybrid Scene in India
There's an episode on 5th gear where they actually ran a merc on Chip Fry-
Not only that - they also reported that the exhaust smells like popcorn! But on a more sensible note, the general assumption that jatropha diesel leads to higher pollution does not seem to be justified.
While the effects on the food chain raises issues (acidification, ecotoxicity, eutrophication), the benefits are a general reduction of the global warming potential and a reduction of nonrenewable energy demand. Other studies have shown that the use of biodiesel in engines effectively reduces carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, fine particulate matter and soot emissions, but NO X increases.
((PDF) Environmental Impacts of Jatropha curcas Biodiesel in India)
 
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FAME II Amendment: TVS iQube Sees Price Drop Of ₹ 11,250

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With the revision of FAME II scheme, prices of electric two-wheelers are now being revised, or rather, reduced, courtesy of higher subsidy on electric two-wheelers. It was Ather announcing the revised prices first and now, TVS Motor Company has reduced the prices of the iQube electric scooter by ₹ 11,250 in Delhi and Bengaluru. The iQube is priced at ₹ 100,777 in Delhi and at ₹ 110,506 in Bengaluru. The prices mentioned here are on-road. The TVS iQube goes up against the likes of Ather 450X and the Bajaj Chetak.

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FAME II Scheme For Electric Vehicles Extended Till March 2024

The government has extended the second phase of the FAME scheme till March 24, 2024. According to a report from PTI, the FAME II scheme has been further extended by two years to promote faster adoption of electric mobility and the development of the manufacturing ecosystem in India. The second phase of the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) India scheme majorly focuses on supporting the electrification of public and shared transportation. All registered automakers under the FAME II scheme will now be able to avail of the benefits till March 2024.

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The following link is to a post which appeared in MotorBeam a couple of days ago and I felt it would be of interest to members of our forum. Reliance Industries is investing heavily in a four part gigafactory - "According to Mukesh Ambani, each Reliance gigafactory will work to manufacture and integrate all critical components of anew energy ecosystem". The mega factories will be for batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaic cells and hydrogen. The total investment planned is for Rs 75,000/- crores :-
Forget Tesla, Reliance Is Setting Up Gigafactories In India
This is encouraging news - the first Indian Goliath is taking this major step in the sustainable energy sector. And the project for producing hydrogen-on-demand holds enormous potential. There are various tech add-ons in the developed markets that use some form of electrolysis (water as the electrolyte) to provide a hydrogen enriched product. But obviously a true hydrogen-on-tap technology (there are reports in the press that the Chinese may have stolen a march in this area) would open the floodgates to a zero pollution environment, be it for an IC engine or a fuel cell.
 
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