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Green EVolution - December X 2020

Oh, can you believe; it is finally getting over. What a year.

Anyways, welcome to Tesla Club India for December edition of Green EVolution Blog. As usual follow along and click the Headlines to access more info.

European Conference on Batteries: Elon Tesla Battery Update 24th November 2020

ElonMusk - Fortune's Business Person of the Year 2020

SpaceX is soaring. Tesla is roaring. How the world’s most creative and controversial CEO is transforming one industry after another—and why he’s Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year.

Tata Nexon EV surpasses 2,000 sales milestone in 10 months

Tata Nexon become a cornerstone in the electric vehicle movement in India is now underlined by the fact that 2,000 units of the EV have been sold here in a little over 10 months since being launched. The sales of the Nexon EV reached 2200 units last month.

Europe: Honda Will Stop Selling ICE-Only Cars In 2022

According to Autocar, Ian Howells - Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe - said that Honda will stop selling ICE cars in Europe in 2022. “It [Honda’s line-up] will be a combination of full electric and hybrid. Obviously, if the legislation starts to move as we approach 2035, or transitions away from hybrid as well, then we’ll move our technology away from that.”

New Zealand bids farewell to Govt gas car purchases at request of Prime Minister

During a December 1st House Meeting, Prime Minister Ardern stated that all Government entities would be purchasing EVs exclusively moving forward as she declared a climate emergency. Ardern says that New Zealand has also started phasing out coal boilers in its ministries and agencies, which are used to heat water and buildings in the State Sector. More sustainable options will be funded through New Zealand’s $200 million State Sector Decarbonization Fund.

Tata Motors Delivers 26 Low Floor AC Electric Buses To BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport In Mumbai

The buses are delivered as a part of the larger order of 340 electric buses from BEST under the government of India's FAME II initiative. The remaining buses will be delivered in a phased manner as per schedule. Tata Motors will be undertaking building, deployment, maintaining and operation of the complete charging infrastructure along with the buses across four Mumbai depots- Backbay, Worli, Malvani and Shivaji Nagar. Moreover, Tata Power will be also contributing by taking complete charge of upstream and downstream electrical facilities including supplies and shall also be responsible for the complete bus charging facility.

Tesla China’s Model 3 sales rise 78% to 21,604 units in November

The Tesla Model 3 has hit some serious stride in China, with recent data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showing that the electric car maker has sold 21,604 units of the all-electric sedan domestically in November. That represents a rise of about 78% compared to Model 3 sales in October, when Tesla sold 12,143 units in China.

Vespa Electric Scooter To Be Introduced In India

Piaggo India CEO and Managing Director Diego Graffi has confirmed that a new electric scooter under the Vespa name will be launched in India. Speaking to media persons in an online interaction, Graffi said that the electric scooter will be based on the Vespa Elettrica already available in Europe, but will be made specifically for the Indian market.

Bhubaneswar-based Nexus Power is using crop residue to make EV batteries

Twin sisters Nishita and Nikita Baliarsingh launched an EV battery startup that upcycles agricultural waste. “We procure the unburnt crop remains and manufacture rechargeable energy-storing cells from this by applying a unique extraction and filtration process. Multiple such cells go into making the IoT and AI-based sensor-enabled battery pack used in EVs,” Nikita says.

“The current tests show a significant improvement in the energy density and driving range. The Nexus batteries also offer 8x–10x faster charging. The team is still working on the R&D to make the composition more efficient to derive better results. The crude form is promising and we are looking forward to building the MVP (minimum viable product) in the coming months,” she adds. The price of Nexus' biodegradable battery is yet to be decided, but it is expected to cost 30 to 40 percent lesser than Li-on batteries.

Bounce to add 4,000 EVs to its fleet by February, aims to go fully electric by Q3-FY22

"We have been transitioning to green mobility since early this year and every vehicle added since February 2020 has been electric. We approximately have 6,000 scooters and 50% of these are electric," Bounce CEO and co-founder Vivekananda Hallekere told PTI. The company has built strategic partnerships with several OEMs in the electric and battery space to achieve this green vision.

Tesla teams to visit Indonesia to check on investment in EV components - government

President Joko Widodo has touted Indonesia’s nickel reserves on a number of occasions, telling Reuters last month that “it’s very important because we have a great plan to make Indonesia the biggest producer of lithium batteries and we have the biggest nickel (reserves).”

The president and Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime and investment, were on a call with Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday to discuss “investment opportunities from electric vehicles company Tesla in Indonesia,” the ministry said.

Delhi discom wins award for country's first grid-scale battery energy storage system

The 10 MWh mega inverter set up at Rohini can feed around 2,500 "special customers" providing essential services like hospitals, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Metro and schools among others. After Rohini, a similar facility is coming up in North Delhi's Rani Bagh, and there are plans to have similar but smaller facilities in every neighborhood in the future, the spokesperson said.