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NHPC unveils plans for pilot green H2 production in Ladakh

  • July 18, 2022

Source: Renewables Now

NHPC intends to produce green hydrogen and install a green hydrogen fuel cell-based microgrid to meet the power requirements of its own housing facility at the site of the Nimmo Bazgo Power Station run-of-river power complex. The second pact will see the Indian firm produce green hydrogen in the district of Kargil so as to power fuel cells used for mobility purposes. According to its estimates, the output will be able to power two buses for up to eight hours.

Ola to invest $500 million in battery innovation and indigenous cell R&D

  • July 18, 2022

Source: ANI

Ola Electric will invest $500 million in setting up a battery innovation centre and promoting indigenous cell research and development in India. The company plans to set up a state-of-the-art 'Battery Innovation Centre in Bengaluru. It will be one of the world's largest and most advanced cell R&D facilities with more than 165 unique and cutting-edge lab equipment to cover all aspects of cell-related research and development.

CESL signs pact with Three Wheels United to procure 70,000 electric three-wheelers

  • July 18, 2022

Source: ET Energy World

Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), has signed MoU with Three Wheels United for procurement of 70,000 electric three-wheelers (E3Ws) for Indian roads over five years. The electric vehicles will be priced at INR 3 lakh and INR 3.5 lakh for passenger and cargo categories respectively and their initial procurement will be for deployment in Bengaluru and Delhi.

Hindalco partners Israel’s Phinergy, IOP to develop aluminium-air batteries for EVs in India

  • July 18, 2022

Source: The Financial Express

Hindalco Industries, an aluminium manufacturing subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group, has joined hands with Israel-based battery manufacturer Phinergy and IOP, a joint-venture between Indian Oil Corporation and Phinergy, to develop aluminium-air batteries for electric vehicles. Phinergy and IOP will partner with Hindalco on R&D and pilot production of aluminium plates for Aluminium-Air batteries, and recycling of aluminium, after usage in these batteries.

IISc develops indigenous tech to produce hydrogen from biomass

  • July 13, 2022

Source: Deccan Herald

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a technology to produce hydrogen from biomass, marking what the developers called a significant step forward in extracting green hydrogen. The two-step process developed by the IISc researchers involves conversion of biomass into syngas, a hydrogen-rich fuel gas mixture, using oxygen and steam, and generation of pure hydrogen from this mixture using a low-pressure gas separation unit.

Chhattisgarh government approves electric vehicle policy to encourage adoption of EVs

  • July 11, 2022

Source: Business World

Under the Chhattisgarh State Electric Vehicle Policy-2022, the government will establish a vast network of charging stations and swappable battery stations in government and private buildings. The government has set a target of five years and aims to have 15% of new registrations of vehicles, either under individual use or commercial use as EVs till 2027.

Delhi government launches WhatsApp Chatbot to answer queries on electric vehicles

  • July 11, 2022

Source: NDTV

From how to procure e-vehicles to their price range and incentives, the Delhi government's Whatsapp chatbot can answer all possible queries of people of the city looking for information on electric vehicles. The government has collaborated with Whatsapp for the chatbot.

Green mobility: Bhubaneswar smart city to ply 50 electric buses soon

  • July 11, 2022

Source: ET Auto

In an effort to reduce pollution, electric buses will ply on the roads of the smart city from the end of July 2022. Ten such buses are currently on a trial run. The Capital Region Urban Transport (Crut), that runs the Mo Bus services, said that within six months 50 electric buses will be added to the current fleet of 255 conventional (diesel) buses running in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with a daily shuttle to pilgrim to Puri.

EV sector witnesses 108% average employee growth, says survey

  • July 09, 2022

Source: The Financial Express

With the Indian electric vehicle (EV) industry shifting gears to the fast lane, there has been a significant growth in employment in the sector. The average growth in employee numbers stands at 108%, over the last two years. Staffing and recruitment agency CIEL HR Services found in its latest survey that in the short term, for one year and six months, the growth was at 35% and 13%, respectively. It also said there has been accelerated advancement of women into leadership positions. Bengaluru leads in EV talent, with 62% of job postings in this region, followed by 12% in Delhi, 9% in Pune, 6% in Coimbatore and 3% in Chennai.

Over 25k EVs sold in city in 6 months, more than in entire 2021

  • July 04, 2022

Source: The Times of India

Delhi is poised to reach a major milestone in its journey towards becoming the country’s electric vehicle (EV) capital. The first six months of 2022 has seen a total 25,890 EVs being sold in the city, higher than the total number sold in any single year since 2018. EVs accounted for 9.3% of all vehicles registered in the national capital this year till June 30, up from 5.6% recorded in the whole of 2021. There were 25,814 EVs registered last year while the number was 23,222 in 2019 and 20,973 in 2018. In 2020, only 12,381 EVs were registered amid an overall dip in vehicle sales due to the Covid-19 outbreak.