What's happening in EV? September 15, 2020

Electric vehicle startup PURE EV goes global

IIT Hyderabad-incubated startup PURE EV has entered its first international market with plans to launch its premium model ‘EPluto7G’ in Nepal by October 2020. A unique aspect of this vehicle is that the battery and the car have been designed and developed factoring in the gradient requirements of Nepal, PURE EV said.

Decoding EV roadmap in India: Benefits of EV policy, electrification of logistics, and more

The Delhi government’s new Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy is intended towards improving the economy, decreasing the pollution crisis in and around the city, and, most importantly, boosting the sales and use of electronic vehicles. Few moves that are fitting at this hour are the commercial incentives that are proposed for all purchasers of EVs for the coming three years. Buying a two-wheeler, an e-rickshaw, or freight vehicles is now going to allow a benefit of up to Rs 30,000 and for a four-wheeler, a benefit of up to 1.5 lakh, which is the first of its kind in the country. The incentive of Rs. 30,000 per e-scooter is a massive step to ramp up the sales of two-wheeler electric vehicles in Delhi.

Ola Electric speeds up two-wheeler EV launch

Ola Electric’s upcoming two-wheeler electric vehicle (EV) will be a reconfigured version of Netherlands-based Etergo BV’s App Scooter with software integration, including Ola Play, and locally manufactured hardware, including NavIC, the Indian global positioning system, said two people aware of the development.

How Fintechs Are Driving the Future of the EV Sector In India

Electric cars such as Tesla and fancy motorcycles are what come to mind when thinking of electric vehicles (EVs). It may therefore come as a surprise that the most popular category of EVs in India is an electric three-wheeler or what is commonly referred to as an e-rickshaw.

Bounce’s 2W EV gets the regulatory nod, to be offered on a subscription basis

Bike-sharing platform Bounce has received homologation certification from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), making it one of the few bike-sharing start-ups in India to get the certification for a self-assembled two-wheeler electric vehicle (EV), said two people aware of the development.

India considers setting up EV chargers at all fuel stations

Continuing its push for electric mobility in India, the government is said to be considering setting up EV chargers at 69,000 fuel stations across the country. According to a PTI report, the center wants to install at least one electric vehicle charging kiosk, each at roughly 69,000 petrol pumps on India, as it endeavours to encourage them to embrace electric vehicles. And not only that, but the Indian government is also considering making it compulsory for all state refiners’ company-owned, company-operated (COCO) petrol pumps to install EV charging kiosks. The report adds that R K Singh, Union Minister of Power, even recommended high ranking oil ministry officials, may issue orders to oil marketing companies (OMCs) to establish EV charging kiosks at all COCO petrol pumps.

Hyderabad-based startup E-Trio is working to meet India’s EV goal by retrofitting combustible vehicles

Hyderabad-based startup E-Trio is one of the start-ups attempting to make this a reality by converting conventional fuel-powered automobiles into electric ones through its retrofitting process. Founded by Sathya Yalamanchili and Deepak MV in 2017, the startup is working towards making vehicles eco-friendly, cost-effective, and efficient.

Most Indian customers could consider buying EV by 2022: Study

Most consumers in India would consider purchasing an electric vehicle by 2022. Still, most of them also believe that it won’t be until 2025 that the majority of new cars purchased are electric, according to a study by lubricants major Castrol.


Electric bikes, and all-electric vehicles, have one major downside: the weight and cost of batteries. Even with lithium, battery packs for e-bikes can easily weigh more than the bike itself and cost almost as much. But having to deal with this shortcoming could be a thing of the past thanks to [LightningOnDemand] 's recent creation. Of course, this would rely on a vast infrastructure of Tesla coils since that’s how this bike receives the power it needs to run its electric motor.

Bajaj Chetak based Husqvarna Electric Scooter launch in 2021

According to the leaked document, a Husqvarna branded electric scooter named E-01 and a motorcycled called E-Pilen are currently under development. The 4 kW electric urban runabout will be launched in 2021. While there are no further details about the Husqvarna E-01, we think it will be based on the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter’s platform. For the uninitiated, Bajaj Auto holds a 48% stake in KTM, which in turn owns Husqvarna.

TVS Invests Rs 30 Crore In EV Startup Ultraviolette For India’s First Performance Electric Bike

TVS Motor Company has extended its trust in the Indian EV startup Ultraviolette with fresh funding of Rs 30 crore. A part of the Series B round of funding for the startup, this is the second investment made by TVS in Ultraviolette.

531 km on a single charge: Volkswagen ID.3 electric sets new range record

The new Volkswagen ID.3 has set its first range record in Switzerland. In a statement issued by the carmaker, the new electric car from the German carmaker’s stable covered a little more than 530 kilometres from Zwickau to Schaffhausen in Switzerland, on a single charge.

Tesla to update Model 3 center console, steering wheel, add heat pump and more, rumour says

Tesla is rumoured to introduce several changes to the Model 3, including a new center console, steering wheel, adding a heat pump, and more, according to a known leaker in China.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin shows incredible progress and scale in new drone flyover

The latest drone flyover of Tesla Gigafactory Berlin shows some impressive progress, as the novel construction technique is already producing large buildings. It has been a month since we shared a Tesla Gigafactory Berlin construction update, and a lot of progress has been made in the last month.

NOVUS unveils beautiful new electric motorcycle with a shockingly high price

A year and a half ago, German startup NOVUS unveiled the prototype of their new carbon fibre electric motorcycle. The design has since been updated into a more robust bike, yet the sky-high price has remained just as lofty.

Kenworth launches two new electric trucks with up to 200 miles of range

Kenworth, one of the biggest American truck manufacturers, is launching today two new electric trucks with up to 200 miles of range. The two trucks are electric versions of its K270 Class 6 and K370E Class 7 trucks, now called K270E and K370E.

VW believes it can catch up to Tesla with 1.5 million EV capacity by 2023 ‘or sooner.’

VW believes that it can catch up to Tesla, where it matters when it comes to electric vehicles: mass production capacity. The head of VW’s worker union believes that they can achieve a production capacity of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2023 ‘or sooner.’

Lucid launches Air electric sedan unveils production design and full specs

Lucid has finally fully unveiled the production version of its first car: the Lucid Air, a luxury electric sedan.

For those of you who have been following our coverage over the past few months, there won’t be many surprises since Lucid has gradually leaked essential information. But it’s still worth diving a little deeper with all the final details.

Lucid teases electric SUV to be based on Air platform

Lucid has teased a new electric SUV to be found on the same platform as its newly launched Air electric sedan. We already caught a glimpse of the electric SUV when it was spied on while filming some media content last month.

VW CEO tests Tesla Model Y calls it a VW’ reference’ car

VW CEO Hebert Diess revealed that after having Elon Musk test drive the ID.3, he test-drove the Tesla Model Y, which he says is a “reference” car for the German automaker.

South Korea to boost EV numbers to 1.13 million by 2025

South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced virtually, at the first International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, that in a $17 billion investment, the country will boost the number of electric cars from the current 110,000 to 1.13 million by 2025, and increase the number of hydrogen vehicles from 8,000 to 200,000.

Bill Gates says Tesla Semi and electric airplanes will ‘probably never’ work, and he is wrong

Bill Gates has thrown some cold water on the Tesla Semi project and recent comments from Elon Musk about the possibility of commercial electric airplanes.

Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki test shared swappable electric motorcycle batteries

The Big Four motorcycle manufacturers in Japan, including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki, are teaming up on electric motorcycle development and testing. Specifically, the companies are working together to develop a shared swappable battery platform for electric motorcycles.

VW unveils ID.4 interior with some Tesla inspirations

VW is unveiling the ID.4’s interior today, or at least the electric SUV’s cockpit, and you could easily argue that there are some inspirations from Tesla’s minimalist interior.

Kona launches new electric bike models with eMTB, gravel, and commuter e-bikes

Bicycle manufacturer Kona has just broadened its line-up of electric bicycles with a series of recent announcements for additional electric models.

Kumpan launches new higher-speed seated electric scooters

Kumpan electric has just announced the launch of higher-speed versions of its retro-inspired seated electric scooters. The new scooters fill out the Kumpan 54i Series line-up and offer several models with speeds ranging from 45-100 km/h (28-62 mph).

Lucid Air beats Tesla Model S with insane 9.9-second quarter-mile

Lucid Motors has released a new video of its Air electric sedan beating the Tesla Model S on a quarter mile run with an insanely impressive 9.9-second time.

Tesla loses ‘World’s Biggest Battery’ crown, but it might reclaim it quick

The 100 MW/129 MWh Tesla Powerpack project in South Australia became “the world’s biggest battery” when it was put in operation in 2018 by Neoen, an energy provider who owns and operates the battery system.

Canyon just unveiled this crazy super electric pedal car and two new e-bikes

German manufacturer Canyon, one of the world’s leading direct-to-consumer bicycle companies, has just unveiled a pair of high-end electric bicycles as well as a fascinating electric pedal car concept.

Tesla’s Elon Musk: ‘Many Exciting Things Will Be Unveiled On Battery Day’

Tesla’s Battery Day and Investors Day are right around the corner, just about a week away. The event, which is comprised of mostly virtual components due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set for next week, Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Elon Musk recently tweeted, “Many exciting things will be unveiled on Battery Day 9/22.” This is an obvious and unneeded statement. Most Tesla fans, owners, and investors are already excited about the “exciting things.” However, Musk is doing the usual pumping to pique people’s interests.

Audi Says ‘Born And Bred RS Models’ Coming With Plug-In Hybrid System

Audi isn’t shy in stepping into the bounds of electrification, especially in Europe. In its home country in Germany, the automaker offers plug-in hybrid variants of the Q5, Q7, A6, A7, and A8. Extensive, yes, but understandable since emission regulations are getting strict in the old continent.

Dana To Open e-Drive Plant In India

Dana announced that later in 2020, it would open in Pune, India, a new 4,600 square-meter (50,000 square-foot) production facility for Dana TM4 low- to high-voltage electric motors, inverters, and vehicle control units. It’s the company’s 18th facility in the country.

Tesla Model Y China Production May Begin This November

Tesla’s progress in China thus far has been pretty incredible. The company went from a January 2019 ground-breaking in a muddy field to an operational factory building Model 3 sedans in record time. Work is currently progressing very rapidly on Phase 2 of Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.

Lewis Hamilton Is Driving The Transition To Electric Cars

Lewis Hamilton may go down in history as the most significant racing driver of all time. He has eclipsed every other driver except Michael Schumacher in terms of the number of world driving championships won, races won, pole positions achieved, podium appearances, and (probably) the most money ever earned by a racing driver. By the time the current season is over in December, any records left for Hamilton to break will probably be in his rear-view mirror.

Baidu Launches Apollo Go Robotaxis In Beijing, Changzhou, & Changsha

According to Baidu, it is the only company operating robotaxi services in more than one Chinese city. To start, the Beijing arm of the service covers 700 km (435 miles) and uses 40 robotaxi vehicles. It includes 100 pickup/drop-off locations — it’s not a door-to-door service, but rather a “station-to-station” service. Those stations are currently spread throughout the Yizhuang, Haidian, and Shunyi districts.

Putin’s Presidential Motorbike Will Be Electric, + 450 Electric Buses Now In Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next presidential motorbike escorts will be going electric, according to the French publication Moto Station. Because Russia is heavily dependent on its oil industry and has long been a barrier to faster climate action, this comes as a bit of a surprise, but that shows how much the electric revolution is crossing the world. And they are indeed Russian electric motorcycles.

1st 100+ Seat Aircraft To Cross Atlantic Powered By 100% Renewable Energy Will Win Freedom Flight Prize

Carbon Footprint Ltd. has launched a competition to encourage sustainable passenger flight. It has created the Freedom Flight Prize. A competition focused on crossing the Atlantic Ocean 100% powered by renewable energy — with seating for 100. The first to do so will win the prize, which is expected to be worth millions of British pounds by the time there’s a winner.


Kickass collection of latest EV developments! Great job @AnaghDeshpande :slight_smile:


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