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EV Ecosystem Updates – Mumbai continuing with its EV romance, Mahindra-Volkswagen join hands, Sona BLW and more
Nimit Arora
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Published on 23rd May 22
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1. EV charging solutions provider ‘Ez4EV’ to launch ultrafast EV charger.

EV charging solutions provider Ez4EV is ready to launch its ultrafast charger ‘EzUrja’ in 50,100 & 200kWh capacity for electric passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and electric bus fleet operators by mid-2022.

The company has designed & developed Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)-based EV charging services.

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The company gave out the following statement:

"Our focus is to ensure clean energy, regulated and at-ease charging service to all EV owners. We will be offering customized products and solutions through our proprietary state-of-the-art BESS technology, supported by more than 75 service centers nationwide."

2. Mumbai civic body wants EV charging stations in all upcoming constructions.

To further promote electric vehicles in the city, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will mandate the provision of installing EV charging points in all the upcoming residential, commercial and industrial constructions.

According to BMC data, the number of registered electric vehicles in Mumbai has increased five times in the past three years.

Sunil Godse, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (BMC) said: “We will be proposing an amendment to the existing guidelines to mandate the provision of installing EV charging points in all upcoming properties in the city, be it residential, commercial or industrial. As per the new policy, we will also ensure that at least 20% capacity of the parking space is reserved for EV owners. To encourage builders and entrepreneurs to set up EV charging points, we will give them several incentives as well.”

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3. The ‘Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles’ (SMEV) successfully hosts its first conference.

The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) hosted a conference titled ‘EV Industry @ 2030: Future Roadmap’. The conference was inaugurated by Dr.Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister, Ministry of Heavy Industries.

Naveen Munjal, President SMEV said,”The growing EV industry opens opportunities for battery assembly, battery metal manufacturing, BMS, IoT & spark technologies, telematics, charging infrastructure, swapping infrastructure, financing, etc. While the future is definitely bright, green & clean, additional research & collaborations are required to build a robust EV ecosystem in the country.”

Awards were also given to industry players leading the EV revolution in the country:

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4. Pune-based EV charging startup ‘goEgo’ to install EV charging points at a university campus.

In a significant move, Pune-based EV charging solutions startup ‘goEgo’ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MIT Art, Design and Technology University, Pune, to install its first EV charging station at an educational institute in the city. The company will set up six charging points at MIT’s Loni Kalbhor Campus (on the outskirts of Pune) to encourage electric mobility on campus.

After the charging stations go operational at the Loni Kalbhor Campus, more chargers will be installed at other MIT campuses in the upcoming months. The startup has also partnered with several real estate companies to strategically set up EV charging stations in properties across India to cater to the rising EV charging demand.
The EV solutions company has also launched a DC Fast Charging hub on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway.

5. Sona BLW Precision reveals its EV plans.

With car manufacturers investing billions in designing & manufacturing EVs, auto component suppliers are also diversifying their portfolio. Sona BLW, which produces drivetrain components such motors & gears, will invest $130 million over the next 3 years towards its electrification push. The company started investing in EV parts in 2015 and is currently supplying to automobile manufacturers in North America, Europe & China.

Investors have been looking for good opportunities in the EV sector, which offers significant growth potential and Sona BLW Precision has caught their eye, courtesy expanding business and growing stock prices.

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6. Mahindra & Volkswagen come together for EV components sharing.

Mahindra intends to use components from Volkswagen’s MEB modular EV platform in its ‘Born Electric’ vehicles that are due in 2025. The 2 companies have signed an agreement to explore such opportunities.

The agreement, at present, is only for an "evaluation of the scope of collaboration." Therefore no concrete plans have been laid down yet. Both brands are expecting to finalize an agreement by the end of 2022.

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Volkswagen’s MEB platform was, from the beginning, designed as an ‘open’ vehicle platform, similar to open-source software. It was always intended for use by other e-car manufacturers. It is scalable & flexible, even allowing for different battery sizes and motors, which means Mahindra can benefit from a wide range of powertrain configurations.

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