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Statement from Fortum India on the EV Policy

Mr. Awadhesh Kumar Jha Vice President – Charge & Drive & Sustainability, Fortum India said, “This is one of the most concrete EV Policies which has been envisaged by any State Government. It has set a clear target and means to achieve the same. Setting up charging hub through the aid of private sector is a welcome move. While the draft policy addresses the need of parking space, we would also like the government to give provisions for upgraded electricity infrastructure at identified location to create plug & play. This move in turn will reduce risk of private players substantially.”

About Fortum

Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. We want to engage our customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. We employ some 9,000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India, and 62% of our electricity generation is CO2 free.

Fortum in India is focused on 4 verticals (Solar, EV Charging infrastructure, Bio-ethanol and NOx reduction solutions for thermal power plants).

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SUN Mobility and SmartE partner to transform EV adoption in the country

500 SmartE Electric Three-Wheelers will use first-of-its-kind battery swapping system across Delhi-NCR, in Phase 1

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Delhi, November 28, 2018: SUN Mobility
, a leading provider of energy infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EVs), today announced a partnership with SmartETM, India’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator, to deploy its universal energy infrastructure to support SmartE’s growing EV operations. In April 2018, SUN Mobility showcased the Interoperable Smart Mobility solution for 2-and-3 wheelers and this is the first-of-its-kind deployment in the country for electric three-wheelers. SmartE’s fleet of electric three-wheelers will make use of SUN Mobility’s solution and will be deployed at SmartE Park & Charge Hubs across the Delhi-NCR, to bolster its first and last-mile connectivity services. The month-long field trials for this solution were successfully concluded in Gurugram last week and the partnership will see SUN Mobility scaling the battery swapping infrastructure over the next 3 months to support 500 electric three-wheelers in Phase 1.

The two companies have come together, leveraging their expertise in product and solution to drive convenient, affordable and zero-emission last mile connectivity for the NCR region. The partnership is an example of collaboration between companies to address India’s growing need for clean public transport solutions and aims to rapidly transform the overall EV adoption in the country.

Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE, said, “The partnership underscores our commitment to make last-mile commute easy, safe, affordable and eco-friendly for everyone. SUN Mobility’s Interoperable Smart Mobility solution will enable us to rapidly scale up our vision without having to worry about the energy infrastructure.”

“As a pioneer in the electric mobility service space, SmartE plans to roll-out 100,000 vehicles by 2022. At 100,000 vehicles, SmartE will help reduce close to a million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent of planting 17 million trees per year,” he added.

SmartE already has an ongoing partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and delivers nearly 80,000 rides to commuters daily. SmartE has served over 30 million pollution-free rides in the past three years since inception and is India’s largest electric vehicle service platform today.

By using SUN Mobility’s Smart Batteries, which use the advanced Lithium ion technology, the weight of the vehicle is reduced by ~100 Kgs improving the efficiency of the vehicle, therefore allowing for increased mileage, better pickup and higher gradients. The Quick Interchange Stations enable electric three-wheeler drivers to swap their batteries in under two minutes. The pilot results show a spike in the revenue as drivers are able to operate the vehicle for 40% longer range compared to the conventional Li-Ion battery-based vehicles and 80% more compared to conventional Lead-Acid battery-based vehicles.

“Conventional electric three-wheelers that run on lead-acid batteries usually require eight hours of overnight charging and four hours of opportunity charge during the day. The assets remain idle half of the time during the day and could only cover 60-80 km which cause a loss of potential revenue. Our solution, through swapping, enables them to realize the full potential of last-mile transport and clock more than 150 kms per day,” said Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, SUN Mobility. “The partnership with SmartE will enable us to tangibly impact the lives of hundreds of people by making ‘refueling’ of electric vehicles faster, cheaper and more convenient for them to adopt,” he added.

SUN Mobility’s solution will aim to significantly augur the earning opportunity for electric three-wheeler drivers on SmartE’s platform, as it addresses the main challenges of high-replacement cost, low-life of the battery, limited-range, and long-refueling time. SUN Mobility’s Quick Interchange Stations’ computer controlled advanced charging and thermal management enables over 200 swaps a day and utilize less than 1/50th the real estate space for regular charging.

Speaking on the occasion, Uday Khemka, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of SUN Mobility, said, “E-rickshaw drivers not only worry about making ends-meet, but also about saving money to replace lead-acid batteries every 6-9 months. Our pay-as-you-go solution ensures that the 1.5 million e-rickshaws plying on the roads today and the eleven thousand that are added every month are affordable and make economic sense for the drivers.”

SUN Mobility’s energy infrastructure platform comprises of SUN Mobility Smart BatteryTM that is light-weight, connected, long-life, compact and swappable. SUN Mobility Quick Interchange StationTM is compact, easy to install and ensure quick refueling of electric vehicles and are compatible with multiple vehicle platforms including: 2 and 3 wheelers (e-rickshaws and e-autos). SUN Mobility Smart Network (an IoT-based cloud platform) helps keep a constant check on the battery vitals, tracks batteries in real time, enables digital authentication, station operations and ensures service delivery optimization.

About SUN Mobility

SUN Mobility is a global leader providing energy infrastructure and services to the transportation sector that are faster, cheaper and more convenient, making mass migration to a sustainable, pollution-free future possible. It is a 50:50 joint venture between Virya Mobility 5.0 and SUN New Energy Systems, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy. The company was established in April 2017 and is led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva now Mahindra Reva, and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group, two of India’s leaders in the new energy economy. The organization is working with STUs, fleet operators, shared mobility providers, and automotive OEMs across all platforms including 2/3 wheelers, cars and buses to challenge the status quo with an economical, scalable and smarter way forward.

SUN Mobility’s Smart Mobility solutions combine Smart Batteries™, Quick Interchange Stations™, all linked to a Smart Network that is sustainable - largely powered by renewable energy. For more information, please visit: http://www.sunmobility.co.in

About SmartE:

SmartE is India’s first shared electric mobility service and is the largest electric vehicle operator in the country. It has served over 30 million commuters since its launch more than three years ago. Apart from building an ecosystem of partners in the electric mobility space, SmartE has also set up India’s largest EV charging infrastructure with a captive capacity to charge more than 800 vehicles concurrently. Currently operational in Delhi, Gurugram and Faridabad with a fleet of nearly 1000 vehicles on its platform, SmartE is looking to bring over 100,000 vehicles on its platform by 2022. For more details visit: www.getsmarte.in
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Fortum India & Business Sweden launch Unnati Change & Drive Innovation Challenge

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Carsten Grönblad, Trade Commissioner, Business Sweden India

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Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Vice President – Charge & Drive and Sustainability and Erik Tutzauer, Head of Innovation Accelerator​

  • To jointly develop battery swap system for light electric vehicles with Indian partners
  • To accelerate innovation in LEV battery swapping technology

New Delhi, 10th December 2018:
Fortum India, a leading clean energy company, and Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, have announced the launch of the Unnati Change & Drive Innovation Challenge. This challenge aims to accelerate electrification of three wheelers in India through jointly developing a battery swap system tailored specially for light electric vehicles (LEVs) in India.

Taking LEV battery swapping to the next level requires designing digital infrastructure and developing hardware to support a sustainable business model. With an aim to accelerate innovation in LEV battery swapping technology, the Indo-Sweden joint declaration on Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future invited entries from researchers and innovators, to work alongside Fortum to develop standard infrastructure for LEV battery swapping in India; which received 70 entries, out of which 16 have been shortlisted to make their pitch during the 3 days event. The challenge is being coordinated by the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, in collaboration with ATAL Innovation Mission - NITI Aayog. The selected participants have been invited to the three-day event starting 10th December in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore respectively to present their ideas to the panel.

The inaugural event in Delhi saw eminent speakers gracing the event including Mr. Carsten Grönblad, Swedish Trade Commissioner to India; Mr. R.Ramanan, Managing Director, Atal Innovation Mission - NITI Aayog; Ms. Saloni Malhotra, Vice President, Invest India and Head – AGNIi; Mr. Ajay Goel, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Mobility; Mr. Awadhesh Jha, Vice President, Charge & Drive, Fortum and Mr. Erik Tutzauer, Innovation Accelerator, Fortum; among others. The panel discussions during the event deliberated on designing digital infrastructure and developing hardware to support a sustainable and customer-centric business model.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Carsten Grönblad, Swedish Trade Commissioner to India, said, UNNATI is a model for co-innovation allowing industry, start-ups and the civil society to jointly develop solutions addressing global social needs. This challenge calls for collaboration to advance sustainable infrastructure for LEV battery swapping in India. This is an important task as we see electrification of urban transportation as a key to improve local and global environment and provide citizens with affordable and accessible mobility services. We are happy to partner with Fortum, AGNIi and Atal Innovation Mission – NITI Aayog, Nasscom and Indian Angel Network amongst others, with the vision of bridging Indian and Swedish innovators.”

Speaking about the challenge, Mr. Erik Tutzauer, Innovation Accelerator, Fortum, said, “We believe that utilising a battery swap system will further increase the market share for electric vehicles in India. We see India as an important market. The Indian Government's vision to achieve 30% electric mobility by 2030 is well aligned with Fortum's vision. In keeping with this, we recently signed an agreement with Sweden-based Clean Motion in order to boost the sales of light electric vehicles in India. The battery replacement system is important where the individual driver can quickly switch to fully-charged batteries instead of charging it. The goal is to create a large-scale transition that is cost effective.”

Adding to Mr. Tutzauer’s comments, Mr. Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Vice President – Charge & Drive & Sustainability, Fortum India, said, Fortum plans to transform mobility in India. Improved battery technology at affordable prices is the need of the hour to further boost the adoption of EVs. This platform by The Swedish Trade Council and Atal Innovation Mission – NITI Aayog is a great start for us to work alongside our valuable patrons. We have received and heard some excellent ideas and we are hopeful to build an EV ecosystem to boost the sale of electric vehicles in India.”

Winners of the challenge will receive mentoring from Fortum, which will provide them the opportunity to become a commercial partner and a supporter in application of market-oriented R&D funding.
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Mahindra Electric and SmartE enter into Strategic Partnership to transform last mile connectivity in India

Set to introduce first 1,000 Treo range of Electric Three Wheelers in Delhi-NCR by March 2019 to drive clean, shared and affordable mobility

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Mr. Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE and Mr. Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric with the fleet of vehicles commissioned during a press conference in New Delhi


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Mr. Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE and Mr. Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric signing the Memorandum of Understanding announcing their partnership at a press conference in New Delhi


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Mr. Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE and Mr. Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric post signing the Memorandum of Understanding at a press conference in New Delhi
New Delhi, December 12, 2018:
Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd, part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, and SmartE, India’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive electric mobility forward in India. Under the MoU, SmartE will introduce the first 1,000 Mahindra Treo and Treo Yaari electric three wheelers in Delhi-NCR by March 2019. The company also plans to deploy a total of 10,000 Mahindra electric three-wheelers across the country by 2020.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric & Mr. Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE, in New Delhi.

The two leading companies in the electric mobility market have come together, to offer convenient, affordable and zero-emission last-mile connectivity, not just for the NCR region but also for major cities around the country. The partnership is an example of collaboration between companies to address India’s growing need for clean, shared and public mobility solutions, and it aims to rapidly transform the overall EV adoption rate in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, said: “As the pioneers of electric mobility, we are happy to join forces with SmartE to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility. India is witnessing rapid urbanization and metros are driving the multi-modal mobility needs of the large working population in urban cities. Our Treo range of three wheelers will address the demand for first and last mile connectivity and transform the way urban India travels. Associations with partners such as SmartE will make it easier to adopt electric mobility and enable our cities to be more environment friendly.”

Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE, said, “We are excited to embark on this journey with Mahindra Electric in our efforts to make the last-mile commute convenient, safe, affordable and eco-friendly for everyone. We look forward to shifting to the zero-emission, cost-efficient, and more comfortable Mahindra Treo range of electric three-wheelers.”

As a pioneer in the electric mobility service space, SmartE plans to roll-out 100,000 vehicles by 2022. We believe Mahindra Electric’s solutions will play a critical role in our growth strategy,” he added.

SmartE already has an ongoing partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, among other organizations and delivers nearly 80,000 rides to commuters daily. SmartE has completed over 30 million pollution-free rides in the past three years since its inception and is India’s largest electric vehicle operator today. The MoU with Mahindra specifically addresses the last-mile connectivity needs of Delhi Metro commuters. SmartE, which has already built a captive EV charging network for 800 vehicles (concurrently) will be ramping up its EV Charging set-up to support the additional 1,000 vehicles in Delhi. With this addition, SmartE’s fleet of EVs will cross 2,000 vehicles by March 2019 and will help serve over 200,000 commuters per day.

As the global pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles, Mahindra Electric currently has over 5,000 electric vehicles on road, which have clocked more than 95 million ekms. The Treo range of electric three wheelers uses Mahindra Electric’s home grown powertrain and maintenance-free Lithium ion battery. The variants include the Treo electric auto and Treo Yaari electric rickshaw, both available in industry first, hard top, weather proof variants. With the use of exceptional light weighting technologies and composite body panels, the Treo boasts a certified* range of 170 km (eAuto) and 129 km (eRickshaw) directly addressing range anxiety in the market.

Treo is the first range of vehicles to offer connected vehicle features as an optional value addition to the customer. It also offers best in class comfort for passengers with one of the most spacious interiors in the segment, and for the driver through its clutch-less, noiseless and vibration free drive, thereby reducing overall fatigue during the journey.

*Certified in test conditions

For more details visit www.mahindraelectric.com. Twitter: @MahindraElctrc

Please use the following hashtags for social media updates:

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About Mahindra Electric

Mahindra Electric, a part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group is a global pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles. Mahindra Electric is India’s only EV manufacturer with indigenously developed EV technologies that have won global accolades. The Mahindra Group has one of the most diversified portfolios of electric vehicles with the e2oPlus hatch, the eVerito sedan and the eSupro mini-van and panel vans.

Pushing the limits of technology and innovation, Mahindra has acknowledged the need to redefine mobility at every step. This has led to a vision with a desire to transform; a vision which provides an imagination which is more sustainable and more dependable. Venturing into the paradigm of alternative technology has helped Mahindra enable a clean, green and a smarter tomorrow.

About Mahindra

The Mahindra Group is a USD 20.7 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, aerospace, commercial vehicles, components, defense, logistics, real estate, renewable energy, speedboats and steel, amongst other businesses. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 2,40,000 people across 100 countries.
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India-Bound Honda HR-V’s Electric Variant Has 340 Km Driving Range

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Honda took to the stage at the recently concluded Guangzhou Auto Show to introduce an electric variant of its popular HR-V. Evolved from its Everus EV concept that debuted at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, it has been dubbed the VE-1, and is initially set to debut in the largest electric vehicle market in the world, China.

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Maruti’s Corolla-based Sedan To Get Full Hybrid Tech

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Recently, we told you that the next-gen Suzuki Vitara would be a 7-seater model that will debut at the Auto Expo 2020 and as per our sources, the company likely to showcase the Corolla-based premium sedan, next-gen Vitara and S-Cross at the Auto Expo 2020. The bigger news is that these cars will have Toyota-sourced full hybrid technology.

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Honda’s first electric car for India spied under testing

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The Urban EV concept carries a retro design and the model that has been caught testing under heavy camouflage carries the same outlines. The production-spec Urban EV carries a lot of similarities to the concept version of the vehicle. With the tightening emission regulations, most of the manufacturers would move to the electric or hybrid platforms in the future and the Urban EV would be Honda’s first-ever fully electric vehicle in the market. Honda already offers the Accord Hybrid in the Indian market and the electric Urban EV is expected to be launched in the international markets by the end of 2019. However, the Indian market would only get the all-electric vehicle by 2023.

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Electric Car Charging Infrastructure And Guidelines Announced By Government

The push for electric mobility charging stations will first be rolled out in cities with a population of greater than 4 million residents i.e. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat and Pune

The Indian Government has finally announced a policy for the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. In an official document that was sent out by the Ministry Of Power on December 14, 2018, the government has outlined several key facts, figures and a plan to support the expansion of electric vehicles in the country.

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Tata Motors E-Vision. Hope this will be put into production by 2021/2022 when the market is set for an EV boom. Design part is all set and done. It does look hot.[thumbswink]
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Mahindra S210 electric SUV confirmed for mid-2020 launch

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Mahindra is all set to bring out its new compact SUV, the XUV300, in February 2019. While the company is likely to introduce this SUV in two engine options –turbocharged petrol and diesel motors – an all-electric version (codename: S210) is in the works and will hit the showrooms in mid-2020.

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Honda is testing the Jazz EV in India

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Honda Car India, one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world was caught testing the Jazz electric in India by our reader from New Delhi – Mr Nived Veerapaneni. The car was caught testing in heavy traffic and it has been spotted for the first time ever.

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KETO To Invest $10 Million To Make Electric Autorickshaws In India

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KETO, a joint venture between India's ETO Motors Pvt Ltd and Hong Kong-based KYTO Green Technologies Limited, has announced an investment of $10 million in India to manufacture electric autorickshaws. The company announced its investment plan at the ongoing 8th Eco-Friendly Electric Vehicles Expo in India.

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India-bound Hyundai Kona EV Wins Several Global Awards

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The Kona EV would be the first electric car from the South Korean manufacturer in the Indian market. India is one of the most important markets for the brand and Hyundai also announced that they would manufacture the electric vehicles in future in India.

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