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Green EVolution - January X 2020

Welcome to our first blog of monthly series Green EVolution. We will be doing(atleast trying) a monthly round up of all major EV & Renewable energy news that happened in country(until & unless something get missed). Click on headline to get to source of news. Views expressed, if any, are of Nikhil Chaudhary.

Lets Start

EESL to Set Up Charging infra

As a part of the national electric mobility programme, Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) and HPCL have entered into a two-year MoU to set up public charging infrastructure across the country.

The MoU covers collaboration for planning, development and installation of charging facilities at suitable locations for two, three, and four-wheeler vehicles.

India has installed 84GW of Renewable Capacity

India has installed 84 GW of Renewable Capacity mark by end of November 2019. With addition of 6084.48 MW in 2019-2020.

84.39 GW includes 37.28 GW wind, 32.52 GW solar, 9.94 GW bio-power & 4.65 GW small hydro. At present 31.68 GW capacity projects are in various stage of implementation & 18.68 GW capacity projects are under various stage of bidding.

India needs INR 400,000 crore over next 3 yrs to achieve 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022.

Govt Approves 2636 new charging station in 62 cities

The Govt has sanctioned setting up 2,636 charging stations (1,633 fast charging and 1,003 slow charging stations) in 62 cities across 24 states and UTs under the FAME scheme.

317 EV charging stations have been sanctioned in Maharashtra, 266 in Andhra Pradesh, 256 in Tamil Nadu, 228 in Gujarat, 205 in Rajasthan, 207 in Uttar Pradesh, 172 in Karnataka, 159 in Madhya Pradesh, 141 in West Bengal, 138 in Telangana, 131 in Kerala, 72 in Delhi, 70 in Chandigarh, 50 in Haryana, 40 in Meghalaya, 37 in Bihar, 29 in Sikkim, 25 each in Jammu, Srinagar, and Chhattisgarh, 20 in Assam, 18 in Odisha and 10 each in Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Himachal Pradesh.

About 14,000 chargers will be installed across the selected cities.

This is good start. Hoping that fast chargers will be atleast DC 50 kw ones and have CCS2 port and slow chargers be atleast AC 7.2 kw ones with type 2 plug.

Electric 2-wheeler makers learning to survive without subsidy, FAME II not worked: SMEV

"Industry got a big shock when FAME II started. People are now learning to survive without government assistance to some extent at least. The result of this is that subsidised vehicle sales have dropped drastically but industry sales has not dropped," SMEV. "Market should have shifted towards higher speed and greater performance, which has not happened."

As per SMEV data, sales of FAME II qualified electric two-wheelers in April-December 2019 period stood at just 3,000 units as against 48,671 units in the year-ago period when FAME I was in place, a decline of 93.84 per cent. On the other hand, as per industry estimates, non-subsidised electric two-wheeler sales stood at 49,000 units during the period as compared to around 10,000 units in the year-ago period when FAME I was in place.

Mahindra eKUV100 To Be Launched Next Quarter

Mahindra eKUV100 will arrive in next quarter of 2020 with price tag under Rs. 9 L.

Power on the Mahindra eKUV100 will come from a 40 kW electric that belts out about 53 bhp and 120 Nm of peak torque. A single-speed transmission will be sending power to the front wheels. The car will come with a 15.9 kWh lithium-ion battery and is expected to offer a range of 120 km on a single charge.

Not happy with this range, but better than same range e verito and tigor ev for 12+L. Good for fleet owners.

Ashok Leyland partners with ABB for electric buses

Under the MoU, ABB Power Grids’ business in India will be responsible for engineering, installation and commissioning of the TOSA charging system, while Ashok Leyland will have the scope of manufacturing and supplying e buses compatible with the technology.

Mahindra Supplied 1,000 EVs To Lithium Urban Technologies In India

The partnership was started in 2015 with 10 e20, and then quickly progressed with eVerito electric cars.

Sanjay Krishnan, Co-Founder & CEO, Lithium Urban Technologies, said: "Mahindra has been with every step of Lithium’s journey to sustainably revolutionize urban corporate mobility in India. The partnership that started off with the purchase of the Mahindra e2o in 2015, has now touched the magic figure of 1,000 Mahindra EVs as part of our EV fleet. As a result, we’ve been able to achieve 100 million e KMs."

Bajaj Chetak Electric Launched

Bajaj launched its first electric scooter, Chetak Electric, price starting at INR 1L.

The Chetak Urbane edition with drum brakes will be priced at INR 1 lakh, while the Chetak Premium edition with disc brakes is priced at INR 1.15 lakh. The Urbane edition features solid colours with glossy finish, while the Premium variant features metallic paint, among other cosmetic changes.

Comes with a 3 years/50,000 km standard warranty. The Chetak's electric motor provides 4 kW (5.36 bhp) of peak power, and 3.8 kW (5 bhp) of continuous power, and 16 Nm of torque. Claims 85km range in sports mode & 95km range in eco mode.

Mercedes-Benz EQ Electric Brand Launched In India

Merc launched EQ brand in India. There's big news coming from Mercedes-Benz as the company's EQ sub-brand will launch the EQC all-electric SUV in India by April 2020. The EQC will target a small market.

Kadiyam is SCR’s 1st solar-powered railway station

In a first, Kadiyam station in Rajahmundry earned the rare distinction of being the first energy neutral station in the South Central Railway Zone by meeting all its electrical demands through solar energy.

The entire electrical load of the station works on the 10KWp solar power plant during the day and excess units generated from the plant are fed to discom (distribution companies) through net-metering. Similarly, during night, the power requirement of the building is taken from discoms which will be deducted from energy supplied to discom during day, hence the energy consumption charges paid is zero from the railways.