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Delhi government sets EV targets for delivery services, app cabs

  • January 16, 2022

Source: The Times of India

In the first such policy in the country, it will soon be mandatory for ride aggregators and delivery service providers in Delhi to have electric vehicles as new additions for a part of their fleet of cars and two-wheelers. The Delhi government announced that it was going to notify an 'Aggregator's policy to mandate EV fleets', which would make it a must for ride aggregators and delivery service providers to ensure that in the next three months, 10% of all new two-wheelers and 5% of all new cars they induct into their fleet are electric.

Delhi: Draft policy pushes for up to 50% EVs in aggregators’ fleet by 2023

  • January 16, 2022

Source: Hindustan Times

According to the draft policy, 10%of newly-onboarded two-wheelers and 5% of new four-wheelers will have to be EVs within three months of notification of the final policy. Subsequently, by March 31, 2023, 50% of all new two-wheelers and 25% of all new four-wheelers taken by aggregators and delivery services will have to be electric.

Revised guidelines for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles issued

  • January 15, 2022

Source: The Hindu

The Union Power Ministry has released revised guidelines for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles to enable faster adoption by ensuring safe, reliable and affordable infrastructure. Among other things, the guidelines allow an individual or an entity to set up charging stations without the requirement of a licence provided they meet the technical, safetyand performance standards. They allow EV owners to charge their vehicles at their residence or offices using their existing electricity connections.

Gurugram varsity, EESL sign MoU to boost EV charging infra

  • January 14, 2022

Source: ET Auto

To promote energy conservation and find new avenues for use of renewable energy, the Gurugram University signed MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). Besides sharing expertise in energy conservation, the university will explore ways to develop EV charging infrastructure and ways to implement state government schemes related to EV promotion.

Green mobility: IREDA launches scheme to finance battery storage, green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

  • January 12, 2022

Source: PV Magazine

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has launched a scheme to finance new and emerging technologies that promote and increase the usage of renewable energy in the transport sector. Under the scheme, it shall also provide finance for EV fleet owners/operators and charging Infrastructure owners—thus financing the entire value chain of green mobility.

Electric cabs gain momentum thanks to 65-75% lower operational cost versus diesel/ CNG cabs

  • January 11, 2022

Source: The Economic Times

High cost of diesel and CNG have skewed the economics in favor of electric cabs in shared mobility with industry planning massive expansion even during the pandemic. Higher cost, inadequate charging infrastructure or lack of options in products are no longer seen as deal breakers.

Electric vehicles sales in India to touch 1 million units this year: SMEV

  • January 06, 2022

Source: Business Standard

Sales of total electric vehicles in India are expected to be around 10 lakh units this year, equal to what was sold collectively in the last 15 years, according to Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV). In 2021, the sales of electric two-wheelers (E2Ws) in the country jumped over two-fold at 2,33,971 units driven by a good traction of high-speed scooters as compared to 1,00,736 units in 2020, SMEV said in a statement.

Pune Municipal Corporation to start 500 charging stations for electric vehicles

  • December 30, 2021

Source: The Times of India

Pune Municipal Corporation has finalised locations 500 charging stations at public places across areas to help users of EVs in a bid to promote the use of e-bikes and e-cars. The civic administration aims to charge a minimum amount for charging EVs and the money will be used for upkeep of the stations.

Telangana government to allow private electric vehicles recharge station

  • December 30, 2021

Source: The Times of India

With usage of electric vehicles (EVs) going up and demand for charging stations for EVs also growing, the Telangana state government is planning to allow private recharge stations under build operate and transfer (BOT) mode across the state. While there will be one recharging station for every 5 km in the city, one station for every 27 kilometres will be set up on national highways.

Bajaj Auto to set up Rs 300 crore EV manufacturing facility in Pune

  • December 29, 2021

Source: The Economic Times

Bajaj Auto will set up an electric vehicle manufacturing facility at Akurdi in Pune with an investment of Rs 300 crore. The facility, for which the work has already commenced, will have the capacity to produce 5,00,000 electric vehicles per annum and cater to both domestic and exports markets, the company said in a release.