Volvo to build the XC40 Recharge in India
Volvo Cars India announced that it will locally assemble the upcoming XC40 Recharge EV at its facility in Hoskote near the city of Bangalore, Karnataka. The all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge will be launched in India in July and the deliveries will commence in October 2022.
Tesla preparing to manufacture in India
Rumours have been around for some time, but now an Indian regional government has claimed that Tesla will indeed build a plant on the subcontinent. As yet, there is no firm timetable yet for the start of local manufacturing.
Tata Power invests in charging infrastructure
The Indian energy provider Tata Power plans to expand its network of smart EV charging points in India from the current approx. 170 now to over 700 by end of the financial year under the subsidiary brand name of Tata Power EZ Charge.
Amazon to use 10k EVs in India by 2025
Amazon has announced its intention to use a total of 10,000 electric vehicles in India by 2025. These are to be both electric rickshaws and four-wheeled electric vehicles from Indian production.
Tritium, Adelaide, Bangalore, BYD-ADL, Cape Town.
Tritium expands to U.S.: The Australian charging infrastructure provider is looking to expand across the United States, starting with California. Next year, Tritium will set up a first U.S. headquarter in Torrance, complete with a research and a production facility.
Plugging in Down Under: The Australian city of Adelaide wants to increase the number of EV charging stations from now four to 40 by next year, and make these available for free. Meanwhile, businesses, residents, schools and community groups still qualify for subsidies for installing solar panels, energy storage and EV chargers (we reported).
150 e-buses for Bangalore: The Indian megacity decided to purchase 150 electric buses, making it the country’s first metropole to order electrically powered buses on such a large scale.
New order for BYD and ADL: The BYD-ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) has received its first order in the UK. Bus operator Arriva North West Merseyside wants to purchase twelve Enviro200 EV electric buses and eight charging stations.
Electric buses for Cape Town: As part of a pilot project, the South African city is adding ten electric buses to its MyCITI service from June 2017. The buses will be delivered by BYD, who won the recent tender. The Chinese manufacturer will assemble the buses locally and provide the necessary charging infrastructure.
BMW i8 review, Mahindra electric car rally.
Video tip: In a new episode of ‘Translogic,’ Jonathon Buckley gets behind the wheel of the BMW i8. And he loves every minute of it. He also speaks to Paul Ferraiolo from BMW of North America, who sums up all the i8 has to offer.
Click tip: Mahindra Reva e2o electric cars took to the streets of Bangalore for a 5-kilometre e-rally over the weekend. Judging by these photographs, it was a fun 5 kilometres.
Bangalore, Plug Power, BMW Electronauts, Sichuan University.
First BYD e-bus in India: In Bangalore, the first electric bus of India has been unveiled. The Karnataka State and Metropolitan Transport Corporation based their decision on successful trials of BYD e-buses in cities around the world and expect the new bus to save Bangalore millions in fuel cost.
Walmart goes hydrogen: Plug Power Inc said, it has just received an order from various Walmart stores to roll out hydrogen fuel cell solutions across six of its distribution centres. The purchase includes 1,738 GenDrive units to power Walmart’s electric lift trucks, the infrastructure construction and supply of hydrogen and servicing over six years.
Reluctant ActivE hand-over: As BMW’s electric car trial scheme in the U.S. is nearing its end, participants are asked to hand in their electric 1-series prototypes. Keeping its testers on board by offering the i3 instead proves hard, as most Electronauts just do not see how they could pay for an i3 which lease is almost double of what they used to pay for their beloved ActivE.
Brave new charging order: A study by Sichuan University, China, is trying to give a solution for the management of millions of EVs at charging stations during peak times. Their prioritisation is based on an EV’s distance to destination and the urgency to get there, but would require drivers to actually state these infos correctly.