The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Scene in India


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Okinawa organizes E-Vehicle awareness campaign, aims to voice public concern over the environment with the #iStand campaign

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Attendees also got a chance to test drive and experience Okinawa’s e-scooter ‘Praise’

Pune, January 22, 2018:- Okinawa Autotech, India’s fastest growing electric two-wheeler manufacturing company, kick started its EV awareness drive aiming to sensitize the youth about the advantages of adopting EVs for their day-to-day commuting purpose. Okinawa also provided an opportunity for the attendees to test-ride ‘Praise’, its latest e-scooter offering and interacts with the Okinawa team.

Okinawa has been at the forefront of implementing a multi-platform awareness strategy to familiarize Indian commuters with the various benefits of EVs which provide same power and performance in comparison with the conventional fuel sources. Okinawa team also educated commuters on EVs massive role they can play towards ensuring environmental sustainability. The event further complemented this theme by launching the # iStand campaign, wherein people voiced their opinions on various environmental concerns prefixed with the #iStand, such as #istandfor environment, #istand for the future generation etc. Their messages were promoted on Okinawa’s social media platform, with the hope of reaching out to the government, policy-making institutions and to the public at large to bring a permanent transformation in India’s transportation culture.

Commenting on the event, Mr. Jeetender Sharma - Founder & Managing Director, Okinawa AutoTech said, “Brand Okinawa has always stood for saving the environment and this event is a milestone in promoting the idea of a pollution free India through the proliferation of E-vehicles. The idea to showcase ‘Praise’ in the event and provide free test rides was aimed at busting the myth that EVs cannot generate the same power and performance as a conventional two-wheeler. The #iStand campaign drives home people’s right to stand for a claim of clean air and healthy environment for our future generations, a vision which Okinawa aims to realize.”

Okinawa is among the leading players in India’s EV revolution by developing vehicles that provide the ideal combination of environmental sustainability, safety and performance. Its offerings are the first International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) approved e-vehicles in India, which is a testament to the cutting edge technology and engineering used in them. With a well-defined manufacturing blueprint and an expansive marketing strategy that equally focusses on online as well as offline customer engagement activities, Okinawa has emerged as India’s most preferred EV brand, bringing the promise of a healthy, viable future to Indian roads.

About Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd

Founded in 2015 by Mr. Jeetender Sharma - MD and Mrs. Rupali Sharma-Chairperson, Okinawa is one of the fastest growing Indian automobile companies. It creates high-speed e-scooters and bikes. With the Corporate Philosophy of “Power the Change” & providing the “Solution to Pollution”, Okinawa clearly presents its bold stance against the global menace. It manufactures high-speed EVs with the help of state-of- the-art technology obtained through a technical agreement with a leading foreign company.

One of the most prominent USPs of Okinawa’s bikes is that they can travel at a high speed of 55-75km/hour without compromising on the safety quotient. These vehicles thus break the myth of e-bikes not being able to match the performance levels of vehicles running on conventional fuels. Okinawa works on an eco-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible model with an objective of protecting nature through the ‘3 principles’ of: Go green, Save Mother Earth and Reduce the Carbon-di- oxide imprint on the planet.
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E-vehicle industry seeks reduction of GST to 5% on all EVs and EV subsystems​

· GST reduction critical to achieve FAME targets and galvanize E-vehicle industry – SMEV

New Delhi, January 25, 2018

The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), the nodal body of electric vehicle manufacturers in India, has urged the government to reduce GST rate to 5% on all electric vehicles and electric vehicle subsystems. The body sees unreasonably high GST as one of the key impediments to faster adoption of electric vehicles in the country and as one of the main stumbling block in achieving the electric-green vehicle adoption target as visualized in Government of India’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles policy rolled out two years back with much fanfare.

GST reduction is critical to achieve FAME targets and galvanize E-vehicle industry,” said Mr Sohinder Gill, Director, Corporate Affairs, SMEV.

Mr Gill also pointed out that to support the government’s ambitious vision of selling only e-vehicles in the country by 2030, and to help the industry grow at a faster pace, SMEV expects the government to take immediate remedies and proactive measures which have been identified by SMEV and were also known to the government.

Some areas which require immediate government’s intervention relates to streamlining and ironing out policy details, adequate fund allocation in Budget 2018-19.

Some of the SMEV’s expectations from the Government are:

· Launch of next phase of FAME Scheme for a longer period of 6 years and its time-bound implementation: We expect the government to timely announce the launch of the next phase of FAME scheme for a longer period. Due to high ownership cost of EVs in the present scenario, the approach to Demand Incentives (DI) and Viability Gap Funding (VGF) needs to be changed and the existing subsidy module needs to be enhanced for the next 6 years as compared to the previous short term periods i.e. 6 months - 1 year.

· Reduction of GST to 5% on all EVs and EV subsystems

· Rebate on Income Tax for consumer adopting Electric Vehicles: Many countries such as Norway, France, Canada, Denmark and Netherlands have already implemented this policy in their respective systems and have garnered a plethora of benefits out of it. For example, Norway now has 36 percent of EVs on road due to such supportive policies. Similar policy can be introduced in India as well as a step to encourage faster e-vehicle adoption wherein the government need not spend money by utilising public funds to make any transactions. It will further encourage customers to purchase more EVs in the upcoming future as well.

Indigenization of EV components: IGST for all imports should be 5%. In addition, import duties on motors, controllers and DC-DC converters should be ZERO in the first 3 years, and should be increased to 10% in YEAR Four and 20% in YEAR Six. This will encourage local manufacturing and give time to companies to set up their local manufacturing.

SMEV has expressed hope that the coming budget will incorporate its recommendations in the interest of new greener future.
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Government Decides To Drop Idea Of An India EV Policy

This development is in complete contrast to what Union minister for road transport and highways had said earlier regarding EV policies in India (Livemint / Jan 20, 2018: India’s EV policy pending cabinet approval: Nitin Gadkari). The minister had said that he was waiting for approval from the Union Cabinet. He had also outlined the government’s ambitions to shift to electric vehicles by 2030.

Some excerpt from the today's article:

“There is no need for any policy now,” Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport, said at a press briefing on Thursday. He was addressing reporters along with Amitabh Kant, chief executive of government think tank NITI Aayog.
“What we need is just action plans,” said Kant, backing Gadkari’s stand on the policy.
“Everyday, new technology is coming into the market. Technology is always ahead of rules and regulations. And in India, it becomes very tough to change rules and regulations, so let there be just actions,” Kant said, explaining the reason behind the decision.
Source: Livemint / Feb 16 2018
 
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Maharastra Government announces new Electric Vehicle policy

Maharastra Government announces new Electric Vehicle policy for the year 2018

Key points from the article,
The state is focusing on six key points in its policy, with an aim to manufacture five lakh EVs in the state in the next five years:

One, The first one lakh EVs to be registered in the state will be eligible for a 15 per cent subsidy from the government.

Two, The first 250 charging stations in the state will get a 25 per cent capital subsidy from the government, subject to a cap of Rs 10 lakh per station.

Three, EVs will be exempt from road tax and registration fees.

Four, All EV manufacturers will be allowed to set up charging infrastructure at existing petrol pumps, subject to safety clearance from a competent authority.

Five, The electricity tariff for charging infrastructure will be on par with the rates for residential consumers and not commercial consumers.

The first phase of the EV policy will be implemented across six cities, namely Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Thane, Aurangabad, and Nashik.
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What about the very idiotic 28% GST that was lately introducted?
And what about 5% GST on solar panels themselves and 18% GST on Charging controllers?
Solars and chargers were Tax free before stupid GST funda.
 
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Bangalore gets it's first public e-charging point

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) inaugurated Fast Charging Station at its KR Circle office, the first such public facility in Bangalore.

- one charging will cost a car owner approximately Rs 75
- 10 more charging stations will be launched in coming months

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Now that the Central Govt has shelved EV policy, EV's future will depend on private companies taking initiative. Don't know if the EV lobby will succeed in reversing the decision when they meet Gadkari later this week.
 
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Lack of policy not to hamper development of EVs, say auto-makers​

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava,
As far as we are concerned, there is no change in our EV programme. We will go ahead with our plans as before.
Mahindra Electric CEO Mahesh Babu,
Currently, we aren't expecting any additional policy push. We would, however, recommend that the current support under FAME and special tax structure for EVs continues for at least the next 2 years.
Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Roland Folger,
Mercedes-Benz advocates a technology agnostic approach with the co-existence of all technologies and we shouldn't foreclose better technological options available, when it comes to define the path for future mobility in India

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Ford is working on the electric variant of its Aspire compact sedan and this zero emission model is reportedly to launch in India by next year. Upon launch, this is going to be the cheapest Ford EV in the world and it is likely to use Mahindra’s cheap electric powertrain technology. Check this news.
 
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Macquarie wins road projects under TOT for Rs 9,681 crore
Now we know why EV Policy which- among other concessions - allowed no toll charges was scuttled so fast ![anger] The 3,000 odd Crores upfront payment over and above Govt expectation of 6,000 odd Crores gives Macquarie at least 17% Equity IRR ( as against 13% IRR put out by NHAI ) for TOT Project
 
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Ministry of Power Launches National E-Mobility Programme in India

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- Aligned with the Government’s vision of 100% e-mobility by 2030, EESL to issue fresh tender for additional 10,000 electric cars

- Together 20,000 e-cars to annually save 5 crore litres of fuel and reduce 5.6 lakh tonnes of annual CO2 emission

New Delhi, March 07, 2018: Hon’ble Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singh today launched the National E-Mobility Programme in India. In line with the Government of India’s vision of 100% e-mobility by 2030, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will issue a fresh tender for additional 10,000 e-vehicles, the Honorable Minister announced. The announcement took place in the presence of Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla; Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Aniruddha Kumar along with Chairman, EESL, Shri Rajeev Sharma; Managing Director, EESL, Shri Saurabh Kumar at the Ministry of Power, Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi.

EESL concluded the first tender for procuring 10,000 e-vehicles last year. Following the successful completion of the first tender, EESL envisions a growing demand from various government departments. The new tender for 10,000 e-vehicles will cater to this growing demand. With these 20,000 electric cars, India is expected to save over 5 crore litres of fuel every year leading to a reduction of over 5.6 lakh tonnes of annual CO2 emission.

Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy, said, “India has embarked on an ambitious e-mobility plan and the government has taken the leadership in enabling e-mobility in India. The National E-Mobility Programme is a step towards ushering in an era of clean, green and future-oriented technologies in the country.”

After the successful tender of 10,000 electric cars last year, the demand for e-vehicles is constantly rising across various departments of the Union and State Governments. To cater to the growing demand, EESL will issue a fresh tender tomorrow for procuring additional 10,000 electric cars. This second tender is a testimony to the fact that India offers a huge market potential for e-mobility” he added.

Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, said, “E-mobility is a critical aspect of overall achievement of Energy Efficiency and the Government of India is committed towards it. The launch today is a step towards reducing our carbon footprint and promise towards a more sustainable, greener, cleaner future. Adoption of EVs has given India an opportunity to bring together a holistic plan which marries “Make in India” Initiative to promote indigenous production of e- vehicles and create a booming market for ancillary industries.”

Shri Rajeev Sharma, Chairman, EESL said, “EESL has always been at the forefront of India’s energy efficiency and green initiatives. We are committed to transform the Indian market with innovative business models and advanced technologies. We are confident that we will replicate the success of our previous path-breaking initiatives in our e-mobility programme. We will continue to enable more energy and fuel savings by creating a robust market for e-mobility in India.”

The objective of the National E-Mobility Programme is to provide an impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem including vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators, service providers, etc. EESL will aggregate demand by procuring electric vehicles in bulk to get economies of scale. These electric vehicles will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles.

EESL plans to leverage efficiencies of scale and drive down costs through its innovative business model while supporting local manufacturing facilities, gaining technical competencies for the long-term growth of the EV industry and enabling Indian EV manufacturers to emerge as major global players.

Announcing yet another milestone, Shri R K Singh said, “Under the Government of India’s Street Light National Programme (SLNP), EESL has replaced 50 lakh conventional street lights across the country with energy-efficient LED lights. This is the largest installation anywhere in the world illuminating around 84 thousand kilometers of roads, with no upfront investment required from municipal bodies. The newly installed lights have led to brighter streets, feeling of enhanced safety and security among the residents and motorists. This has led to energy saving of 135 crore kWh and cost saving of INR 742 crores every year”

The procurement price of the LED Street Lights has been reduced from Rs. 135/watt to Rs. 70/watt due to mass procurement of the lights by EESL, hence making the LED lights affordable and accessible. EESL makes the entire upfront investment in retrofitting of the Street Lights and up to 10% of Infrastructure development charges and then Municipalities pay EESL from the savings in energy and maintenance cost over a 7-year period.

EESL procurements conform to BIS specification & carry a 7-year warranty against technical defects. EESL conducts appropriate quality checks right from the bidding stage to the field level. This has resulted in the LEDs’ overall technical fault being less than 2% in the 50 lakh lights installed by EESL in the country. EESL has maintained an uptime of 97% for all street lights across the country.

About EESL:

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country. Driven by the mission of Enabling More – more efficiency, more innovation, EESL aims to creating market access for efficient and future ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder. By 2020, EESL seeks to be a $1.5 billion-dollar (Rs 10,000 crore) company putting together all the programmes of EESL.

Thus far, EESL has distributed over 29 crore LED bulbs and retrofitted 50 lakh LED streetlights across India through self-sustaining commercial models. It has pioneered innovative business approaches to successfully roll-out large-scale programs that allow for incentive alignment across the value chain and rapidly drive transformative impact. EESL aims to leverage this implementation experience and exploit new opportunities in overseas market for diversification of its portfolio. As on date, EESL has begun its operations in UK, South Asia and South-East Asia.

To know more, please visit (www.eeslindia.org; also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EESL_India).
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Flag off of Tata Tigor EV at Ministry of Power & EESL’s launch of National E-Mobility Programme

Image 1(L- R)Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble  Minister of Power handing over keys of Tata Tigor EV to Sh.jpg
(L- R)Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Power handing over keys of Tata Tigor EV to Sh. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, MOP at the National Launch of Electric Mobility Program of EESL

Image 2- Flag off of Tata Tigor EV by Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble  Minister of Power at the National.JPG
Flag off of Tata Tigor EV by Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Power at the National Launch of Electric Mobility Program of EESL​

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Ministry of Power Launches National E-Mobility Programme in India

- Aligned with the Government’s vision of 100% e-mobility by 2030, EESL to issue fresh tender for additional 10,000 electric cars

- Together 20,000 e-cars to annually save 5 crore litres of fuel and reduce 5.6 lakh tonnes of annual CO2 emission



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The question is - will EVs be competitively priced now that EV Policy has been scrapped ? I wonder what will be the procurement price now. The Govt has now set its eyes on Gobar Dhan and allotted Rs.7,000 Crores. Next we may see Gobar bio fuel cars [:D]
 

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