Category — Automobile

Gujarat Leads Race to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in India

With the Government of India’s initiative to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2019 , car and bike makers are preparing to manufacture electric and hybrid systems. The western state of Gujarat is set to become the electric vehicle hub of India.

Ford Motor Co., which has a manufacturing unit at Sanand in Gujarat will partner with Mahindra Group to explore electrification of vehicles as a potential area of co-operation on which they would collaborate and work together for the next three years.

Mumbai-based JSW Group signed an agreement with the government of Gujarat to promote production of battery operated vehicles in the state along with the production of electrical battery, storage solutions and charging infrastructure. The company will invest $700 million (4000 crore) in the project.

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Suzuki Motor Corporation is gearing up to manufacture EVs in a factory at Hansalpur in Gujarat, and has committed $600 million for the venture.

Tata Motors is looking to revamp its Nano as an EV, in a bid to boost sales; its factory too will be in Gujarat.

Live Mint says that MG Motors India Ltd, a subsidiary of China’s largest auto maker SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd is also considering launching electric and hybrid cars in India. The company has recently taken over General Motors India’s manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat “from where we aim to roll out environment-friendly vehicles,” said P. Balendran, executive director at MG Motors India.

September 30, 2017   No Comments

India is a Winner in Hyperloop One Global Challenge

A panel of experts in infrastructure, technology, and transportation, announced ten Hyperloop One winners from five countries — Canada, India, Mexico, U.K. and the U.S. — which were  chosen from among hundreds of applicants.

The two Indian companies that made it to the winning list are Hyperloop India and AECOM India. The former proposed a Mumbai-Chennai route that would provide an east-west connection across India. The 685-mile stretch will take passengers and goods from Mumbai to Chennai in just 63 minutes. AECOM India proposed the 208-mile Bangalore-Chennai Industrial Corridor that would take passengers and goods in just 23 minutes, reports The News Minute.

“The winning teams of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge represent the best innovation and creativity from government agencies, engineering firms, academics, infrastructure experts and more,” said Josh Giegel, co-founder and president [Engineering] of Hyperloop One. “We look forward to working closely with all the winners, their partners and local authorities to examine the feasibility and scope of these routes and, ultimately, build the first Hyperloop routes around the world,” he added.

September 22, 2017   No Comments

Ford Partners India’s Mahindra to Manufacture eCars

Since the Government of India’s plans to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company will collaborate with Mumbai, India-based Mahindra & Mahindra  to explore joint development of products, especially electric and connected vehicles. The partnership, for an initial period of three years, will expand Ford’s reach in the fast-growing Indian auto market and improve Mahindra’s access to global markets.

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 “The partnership with M&M will allow us to work together to take advantage of the changes coming in the industry. The enormous growth potential in the utility vehicle market and the growing importance of mobility and affordable battery electric vehicles are all aligned with our strategic priorities,” said Jim Farley, executive vice-president and president of global markets, Ford.

The Business Standard reports that Mahindra  has been losing market share and has not been able grow volumes for more than a year, and Ford has been stuck with a sub-three percent share for a few years, while emerging as the biggest exporter of passenger vehicles from India. Ford has spare capacity which can be used optimally by its new Indian partner.

 

September 18, 2017   No Comments

McLaren Partners with India’s Wipro

Surrey, U.K.-based McLaren Technology Group signed a multi-year contract with IT major  Bangalore-based Wipro Limited to help drive digitization across its businesses. Wipro will assist the sports car maker with achieving its recently defined IT strategy, focusing on providing next-generation differentiated IT services to its business divisions with an emphasis on agility and improved reliability.

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Craig Charlton, CIO, McLaren Technology Group said, “We are passionate about delivering high performance digital solutions underpinned by robust SLAs across McLaren. Wipro, with its deep domain expertise and vast application services portfolio, will help us achieve excellence as well as drive innovation in artificial intelligence.”

The Financial Express reports that N. S. Bala, president (Manufacturing & Technology), Wipro, added, “Digitization is a great opportunity for renowned brands like McLaren to re-imagine and redesign their products and services from their customer’s perspective. We are delighted to partner with McLaren Technology Group to bring this strategic initiative to life, enabling organization-wide disruptive innovation.”

September 17, 2017   No Comments

India Pushes Auto Industry to Make Electric Vehicles

India’s is pushing auto part and car makers to draw up plans to electrify all new vehicles by 2030. India’s minister for road transport, Nitin Gadkari, asked companies to start building electric and alternative fuel vehicles or risk being overtaken by policy changes.

Maker of engines, Cummins India, is investing in research on electric mobility solutions, while Hyundai Motor Co began talks with some of its suppliers for components for electric cars. Ashok Leyland launched an electric bus last year, and the company has since partnered with Indian start-up SUN Mobility to develop battery-swapping technology for cars, buses and trucks, reports Daily News.

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According to industry data, electric car sales in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing car markets, are negligible compared with annual sales of over 3 million petrol and diesel cars in the last fiscal. Mahindra & Mahindra is the only electric car maker in India but it will soon be joined by Tata Motors which is exploring the possibility of building electric vehicles, managing director Guenter Butschek said. Hyundai said it plans to customize existing electric cars for the Indian market, but if that was not feasible it will develop new electric cars said Rakesh Srivastava, director, sales and marketing.

 

September 14, 2017   No Comments