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Green EVolution - July X 2020

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Green EVolution is back after break due to 'not be named' disaster. We hope you & your family are safe from current crisis. Let's get back to it.

For all the potential new readers joining us, Green EVolution is monthly round up of all things EVs & Renewable. This particular one will have some from previous months. As usual to go to the original news link, just click on the headline.

39 electric autos now run in Bengaluru; want to make it 1 lakh by 2024: Firm

Thanks to Bengaluru-based social enterprise Three Wheels United (TWU), 39 electric autos are now running in the city. The firm is planning to finance 10,000 electric autos in the city over the next year and its target is 1 lakh autos by 2024. TWU claims the monthly expenses for electric auto drivers are only around Rs 2,000 and their take home salary is around Rs 34,000. “An electric vehicle is easier to drive as there is no clutch or gear.”

Magenta Power to Roll Out its Street Lamp Integrated EV Charger

Magenta Power, a HPCL-backed startup providing green energy solutions, has unveiled its first Street Lamp Integrated electric vehicle (EV) Charger called ‘ChargeGrid Flare’. The company said that it has specially designed ChargeGrid Flare in partnership with HPCL to offer energy-efficient street light combined with EV charging point.

This is awesome to see. Will result in street charging infra while occupying no extra space.

BHEL wins order for supply of electric buses to Uttar Pradesh

The order was placed on BHEL by Urban Transport Directorate (UTD) in Lucknow. "These low floor, disabled-friendly electric buses will be deployed by UTD at the Gorakhpur airport," the company said in a statement.

Raipur Smart City Seeks Agencies to Set up EV Charging Stations in the City

The scope of work includes the installation, operation, and maintenance of these charging stations of the annual license fee basis for five years at 25 proposed locations in the city. The estimated value of the tender is INR54 million (~$709,815). This includes 14 slow chargers and 11 fast-charging stations.

DC2 revealed the electric Ambassador concept

The electric Ambassador will be 125mm wider and 170mm longer than the stock Hindustan Ambassador. Electric Ambassador has been engineered completely by a Swiss manufacturer. DC2 plans to produce about 5,000 units of the vehicle and export it around the world. s per DC, the Ambassador EV will be able to do 0-60 km/h in just 4 seconds! DC revealed that it will be able to do 250 km in a single charge.

India’s electric vehicle revolution is stuck at 25kmph and Ather’s plan is for faster scooters

9 out of 10 of every electric scooter sold in India are all slow-speed models which are limited to a maximum speed of 25kmph. Slow speed scooters with a max speed of 25kmph are not required to be registered, don’t require a two-wheeler license, and riders do not require helmets. Despite the fact that the low-speed E2W market is the largest market for EVs in India, some major players are not interested. Ather's Ravneet Phokela said; “Our focus continues to be on offering consumers a delightful ownership experience through well-designed and high-quality products, and we don’t plan to be in the low-spec end of the market. We don’t believe that is the right way to grow the market.”

India to challenge China’s lithium-ion might as Faradion to set up shop soon

Faradion Ltd., a manufacturer of sodium-ion cells based in the UK, has said that it has begun exploring manufacturing presence in India. The manufacturer says that sodium-ion technology provides similar performance to conventional chemistries while replacing expensive materials such as cobalt and lithium with sodium.

Nearly 85% Of Electric Power Capacity Added In India In Q1 2020 Was From Solar & Wind

According to government data, India added a net capacity of 1.3 gigawatts in the January-March 2020 quarter. The capacity was lowest for the first quarter of the year for at least five years. Net capacity addition in Q1 2019 was 5.6 gigawatts while that in Q4 2019 was 5.4 gigawatts.

Thermal power sector witnessed a contraction in installed capacity with more retirements than new additions. Coal-based power generation capacity contracted by 0.1 gigawatts to 230.6 gigawatts with no change in installed capacity based on diesel and gas. The large hydropower segment witnessed an increase of 300 megawatts taking its total installed capacity to 45.7 gigawatts. Renewable energy technologies once again contributed to the bulk of new capacity addition. 1.1 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity was added in Q1 2020, including 0.9 gigawatts of solar power and 0.2 gigawatts of wind power. 

MG Motor, Tata Power in pact for EV charging stations

MG Motor India Pvt Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Power Ltd to set up fast chargers for electric vehicles at select dealerships of the passenger vehicle manufacturer. Both companies are also exploring opportunities to collaborate in the space of lifecycle management of lithium-ion batteries fitted in electric vehicles.

Sunderbans solar grids, smart beehives clear Amphan test

Post Amphan, when most of the Sunderbans was reeling under power woes, two gram panchayat areas covering over 3,000 villagers set an example in the cyclone-ravaged landscape. Armed with environment-friendly solar micro grids, installed by WWF-India since 2011, they managed to get back power within only two-three days of the cyclone. In partnership and consultation with local communities and other stakeholders, have so far installed six solar DC micro grids and one AC micro grid in Satjelia and Kumirmari islands under project ‘Sahasra Jyoti’.

Work begins on largest floating solar power plant at NTPC

The NTPC Ramagundam started construction work on the country’s largest floating solar power plant of 100 MW capacity at its balancing reservoir on Saturday.