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BIS establishes performance standards for EV batteries in India

  • June 10, 2022

Source: The Economic Times

The need for these standards arose after a spate of fires in two-wheeler EVs which also led to loss of lives. Batteries for vehicles that fall under the L (Mopeds, Motorcycles, Motor Tricycles and Quadricycles), M (passenger vehicles having at least four wheels), and N (goods carrying vehicles having at least four wheels) will be covered under these safety standards.

Volkswagen plans to sell first electric car in India in 2023

  • June 10, 2022

Source: ET Auto

Volkswagen AG is looking to sell its first electric car, the ID.4 sports utility vehicle, in India in limited quantities next year as the South Asian nation pushes for faster adoption of cleaner vehicles. Volkswagen is expecting to start local assembly of its electric cars in India around 2025 or 2027.

Karnataka government launches electric vehicle awareness portal

  • June 09, 2022

Source: The Times of India

Promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Bengaluru and providing citizens with all information related to buying and use of EVs, the state government in collaboration with NITI Aayog and the United Kingdom unveiled a web portal ‘EV Jagruthi’. The `EV Jagruthi’ portal (www.evkarnataka.co.in) will provide citizens with state-specific information pertaining to e-mobility besides assisting the general public in switching over to EVs by providing insight into incentives, support mechanisms and e-mobility initiatives.

IIT Madras researchers develop new kind of battery technology for electric cars

  • June 02, 2022

Source: India Today

IIT Madras researchers are developing a new kind of battery technology for electric cars. Instead of lithium-ion batteries currently used in EVs, they are developing mechanically-rechargeable zinc-air batteries. The researchers, who have filed for patents for this new battery technology, are collaborating with major industries to develop these zinc-air batteries.

Lithium prices surged by nearly 500% in a year, posing threat to EV growth

  • May 30, 2022

Source: HT Auto

Lithium price has increased by around 500 per cent in just one year, according to a Bloomberg report. With this massive surge in lithium price, the growth of electric vehicles is facing a threat, eventually threatening the clean air movement. This comes at a time when other components used in battery production have been impacted due to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

The price of key battery metals used in electric vehicle production is expected to fall in coming years

  • May 29, 2022

Source: Business Insider

The price of battery metals used in the production of electric vehicles is expected to drop in the coming years, according to Goldman Sachs. As reported by Bloomberg, analysts say they expect the cost of cobalt, lithium, and nickel to decline in the next two years in response to over-investment in green energy ventures. Market corrections will drive down prices for the abundant supply of the metals, with lithium anticipated to experience the greatest adjustment.

India's auto component industry all set for electric vehicle shift

  • May 27, 2022

Source: Business Standard

India’s auto component industry is all set to hitch its wagon to the electric vehicle (EV) revolution. According to a recent survey by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), 60 per cent of its 800 members say that they are ready to supply to EVs, while the rest say that they will be prepared to do so later this year, or latest by 2023.

Rajasthan Electric Vehicle Policy approved to encourage adoption of EVs

  • May 25, 2022

Source: HT Auto

Under the Rajasthan Electric Vehicle Policy, the state will reimburse INR 5000 to 10,000 SGST for two-wheeler EVs and INR 10,000 to 20,000 for the purchase of three-wheeler EVs, depending on the battery capacity. The primary objective of the EV Policy is to encourage electric vehicles’ adoption in the state.

Delhi gets GPS equipped, pollution free state-of-art 150 electric buses

  • May 24, 2022

Source: NDTV

On an average, these buses can run between 140-180 kilometres after being charged fully for two-and-a-half to three hours. Along with zero emission, these buses are zero noise. In addition, they are equipped with GPS devices, ramps for the differently-abled, panic buttons, CCTV cameras and other security-related facilities,

Global electric car sales have continued their strong growth in 2022 after breaking records last year

  • May 23, 2022

Source: IEA

Electric car sales powered through 2021 and have remained strong so far in 2022, but ensuring future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supplies to reduce the risks of bottlenecks and price rises, according to the International Energy Agency.