History of the Electric Car

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Introduced more than 100 years ago, electric cars are seeing a rise in popularity today for many of the same reasons they were first popular. The birth of the electric vehicle Instead it was a series of breakthroughs -- from the battery to the electric motor -- in the 1800s that led to the first electric vehicle on the road. The early rise and fall of the electric car Some of the first self-propelled vehicles in the late 1700s relied on steam; yet it took until the 1870s for the technology to take hold in cars. Part of this is because steam wasn’t very practical for personal vehicles. A new beginning for electric cars While all the starts and stops of the electric vehicle industry in the second half of the 20th century helped show the world the promise of the technology, the true revival of the electric vehicle didn’t happen until around the start of the 21st century. The future of electric cars In the end, only time will tell what road electric vehicles will take in the future.

Govt drops the idea of an India EV policy

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The government has decided against formulating an electric vehicle (EV) policy in an apparent U-turn from its position so far, providing a breather to many carmakers that are unprepared for an abrupt shift to the clean-fuel technology.

“There is no need for any policy now,” Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport, said at a press briefing on Thursday. He was addressing reporters along with Amitabh Kant, chief executive of government think tank NITI Aayog.

This is a remarkable volte-face, given that as recently as last month, Gadkari said the policy was awaiting approval from the union cabinet. He had earlier outlined the government’s ambitious plan to shift to electric vehicles by 2030. Companies such as Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd, the local unit of Toyota Motor Corp., have been publicly voicing concerns about the proposed India EV policy.

“What we need is just action plans,” said Kant, backing Gadkari’s stand on the policy.

“Everyday, new technology is coming into the market. Technology is always ahead of rules and regulations. And in India, it becomes very tough to change rules and regulations, so let there be just actions,” Kant said, explaining the reason behind the decision.

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd chairman R.C. Bhargava said companies will now have the flexibility to choose a technology they want. “The fact that the government will allow the industry to work on any form of sustainable technology is itself a policy. So, if there isn’t a policy on electric vehicles, it is not a problem at all,” said Bhargava.

The government’s decision to have an EV policy had created uncertainty in the automobile industry for the past year, although several companies had outlined their strategies for EVs or lobbied the government to drop the idea.

“Implementing an EV policy package would need huge investments and with empty coffers, it is not possible for the government. So, the idea is left to the open market, manufacturers and the consumers,” a senior government official said,requesting anonymity.

Mahesh Babu, chief executive of Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd, the country’s biggest EV maker, said the industry needs continued support from the government.

“We have already stated that the existing FAME (incentive) scheme should continue for another two years and electric vehicles should continue to be taxed at the current level. If these things continue, then there should not be a problem,” said Babu.

Electric vehicle sales are low in India because of few available models and a lack of charging infrastructure. Sales rose 37.5% to 22,000 units in fiscal 2016 from 16,000 in the previous year, according to automobile lobby group Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV). Only 2,000 of these were, however, cars and other four-wheelers.

To overcome some of the problems for electric vehicles, NITI Aayog, along with Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute, in their 2017 report on the future of shared, electric and connected mobility future in India, had suggested setting up “a manufacturer consortium for batteries, common components, and platforms to develop battery cell technologies and packs and to procure common components for Indian original equipment manufacturers”.

The report said that adoption of electric and shared vehicles could help India save $60 billion in diesel and petrol, along with cutting down as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon emissions by 2030. Source: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/mmhL6JOC61yIfeiIQKlLZN/Govt-drops-the-idea-of-an-India-EV-policy.html

Top 5 commercial vehicles

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Here are the top five commercial vehicles unveiled at the current edition of Auto Expo. Mahindra e-Cosmo Mahindra e-Cosmo is a medium-sized bus that is already available for purchase.


JBM Solaris Ecolife JBM Solaris Ecolife is a 12-metre-long electric bus that has a 80-160 kw battery for long rides.


Ashok Leyland Ashok Leyland Circuit is India’s first electric bus that allows battery swapping.


Tata Motors EV bus Tata Motors EV bus is a 12-metre-long electric bus which a has a range of 160 kms.


Tata Magic Iris Tata Magic Iris is based on the Ace platform and is a seven seater vehicle.

By 2025, India should have 20-25% EVs

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enter image description here If electric vehicles stood at about 20-25% of the total vehicles registered in 2025, India could consider that it had done a “splendid job,” the CEO of Tata Motors, Guenter Butschek, said on Tuesday.

The Centre has proposed moving to 100% electric vehicles by 2030, though the auto industry has recommended that the country should target 40% of personal vehicles and 100% of public transport vehicles to turn electric by then. It has suggested 2047 as the target for all-electric passenger vehicles.

Fuel cell future

Addressing a group of editors, Mr. Butschek stated that strong growth in the electric vehicle segment would also lead to the automatic promotion of fuel cell vehicles as well.

In a presentation, the CEO claimed that India could be the world’s third largest auto market by 2026, with a revenue of $300 billion. The auto industry was looking at growth of 10-15% for the next five years.

He claimed that all industry players did not have a “level playing field” as they moved to implement BS-VI standards by April 1, 2020.

Asked to elaborate, Mr. Butschek said that some of Tata Motors’ competitors already had off-the-shelf technology in other parts of the world, which they could bring to India.

In response to another question, Mr. Butshchek denied that Tata Motors was asking for any kind of “protection”.

‘Smart mobility’

Repeatedly stressing in his comments that “smart mobility” was linked to “smart cities”, he argued that a new kind of ecosystem was required for the promotion and use of electric vehicles.

According to the Tata Motors CEO, a different standard of infrastructure and a new kind of service station would be required to cater to electric vehicles.

“These vehicles will be an extension of your digital space,” Mr. Butschek said.

India, he stated, needed solid competency in the manufacturing of electric vehicles. For instance, countries like South Korea and China had already established competencies in this field.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/by-2025-india-should-have-20-25-evs-tata-motors-ceo/article22672723.ece?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_feed%3Bgh76McGbQkW6dn4o2A3wxw%3D%3D