Category — Electronic

Clean Motion Expects India Largest Market for its Electric Rickshaws

Clean Motion India, a subsidiary of Clean Motion AB, Sweden, rolled out its three-wheeled electric  rickshaw or  “pod” called the Zbee in 2016. Certified in the L5 category by the International Center for Automotive Technology, these electric vehicles are gaining acceptance in India.

Business World interviewed Anil Arora, Country Head, Clean Motion India who shared his insights into the future of this e-vehicle in India:

Arora said that the third generation of this vehicle are used in malls in Gurgaon, and Noida, near Delhi. “We would like to be integrated as a connected electric vehicle for Greenfield smart cities. We will go for subscription-based models and are in talks with five-star hotel management in multiple cities to operate our vehicles. Yes, we do have such plans for South East Asian markets. We are starting our shipment to Nepal and Sri Lanka,” said Arora.

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Currently most of the 230 components for building this vehicle are imported from Sweden, and the company is localizing the product at their  manufacturing facility at Faridabad in India’s northern state of Haryana. “We are aiming for a 70 percent localization which will enable us to bring down the price of the vehicle. The automotive ancillary industry even for e-vehicles is very good in India,” mentioned Arora.

By 2020 the company aims to have a valuation of $150 million. “The key growth drivers will be widespread expansion and mass acceptance of our products. In fact, India is expected to be the biggest market for us globally,” Arora added.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

Apple Looks to Expand in India

India has offered to allow Apple Inc., to import mobile handset components intended for use in local manufacturing tax free; but these concessions will be subject to the condition of increasing local value addition over a period of time.

Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary at the Ministry of Electronics and IT told Reuters, “We have offered them tax exemptions on those components which could not be manufactured in India.” She added that Apple will need to increase the local manufacturing component gradually in phases of 3, 5, 7, and 10 years as the local capacity builds up.

In mid-May, Apple‘s OEM partner, Wistron, started assembling the iPhone SE in Bangalore, India, in order to lower the price point and make it more affordable to Indian consumers.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the federal minister for Electronics and IT said that Apple had approached the Indian government to expand Wistron’s facilities in Bangalore, and that government officials were in touch with Apple for expanding the facility and setting up new plants.

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May 26, 2017   No Comments

iPhone SE Will Be Manufactured in India

ICT Service Management Solutions, owned by Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation (Apple’s original equipment manufacturer) will manufacture the iPhone SE at its factory located in Yeshwanthpur, a suburb of Bangalore.

Forbes reports that Wistron obtained an official certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards for Model A1723, which is the 4-inch iPhone SE with a small screen. “With its great screen with brightness and colors, it is an ideal phone for those who are using Apple for the first time. It will go well with Indian buyers,” said Amit Misra, an IT analyst from Bangalore. ”

iPhone SEWith aim of getting a significant share in the India market, Apple discounted the iPhone SE to Rs. 19,999 or  $310.

April 21, 2017   No Comments

Scientists in India Develop Credit Card-Sized ECG Device

Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center have developed a credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine that can transmit an ECG over any smartphone to any part of the world. This 12-channel ECG machine works on an Android-platform, can be recharged via a mobile charger, and is priced at $61. It is likely the smallest of its kind.

“The quality of the ECG is excellent and it has come to me in two to three different formats for me to view,” Dr. Hemant Haldavnekar, a consulting physician, said.

 Hand-held ECG Device

“This is a small low-cost ECG machine that on a single charge can record 300 ECGs. It is rightly suited for rural areas,” the developer of the tele-ECG machine, Vineet Sinha, scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, said reports NDTV.

March 21, 2017   1 Comment

Apple Tries to Sell Used Phones in India

CNBC reports that Apple‘s application to sell refurbished iPhones  — aimed at boosting sales in India and countering a slowdown of its sales  in China — has yet to be approved, as India typically requires single-brand retailers to source at least 30 percent of their raw material needs from local suppliers. Currently, Apple sells products in India through distributors.

India’s minister of finance, Arun Jaitley, told CNBC in an interview, “Now am I to be concerned with job creation or not? Or am I only to allow foreign companies to sell products in India and not create jobs in India?” Exceptions could be made in certain cases of specific high-technology areas, and the government would take a call on whether Apple’s application met this criterion or not, he added.

Jobs creation is a key component of  the “Make in India” initiative promoted by the government to encourage foreign manufacturers to set up shop in India.

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June 5, 2016   No Comments