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EV Ecosystem Updates - Collaborations galore in EV charging market
Nimit Arora
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Published on 20th May 22
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1. Hyundai joins hands with Tata Power to expand EV charging network.

In a statement released on May 17, Hyundai announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Tata Power to build a robust EV charging network.

Under the deal, DC fast-charging stations will be installed at Hyundai's 34 EV dealerships in 29 cities.

Hyundai India currently has a network of 34 EV dealers in 29 cities, which are equipped with AC 7.2 kW chargers. The company plans to expand the charging infrastructure network across all its dealerships.

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These charging stations will be open to all EV users, but Hyundai customers will get benefit of reduced rates.

The automaker sells Kona Electric in the country and plans to introduce IONIQ 5 before Diwali this year.

2. Ather ties up with Magenta for EV charging network expansion.

Ather Energy has partnered with Magenta to set up EV charging grids across India.

Ather’s fast-charging network wing ‘Ather Grid’ has signed an agreement with Magenta ChargeGrid, one of India’s leading EV charging players, to install Ather Grid for electric two-wheelers across the country. This partnership will give Ather access to Magenta ChargeGrid’s multiple locations across India. The collaboration aims to jointly accelerate the expansion of the two company’s EV charging network.

Magenta is currently expanding its charging network with an aim to set up 11,000 chargers by the end of 2023. Ather has installed 330 fast-charging Ather Grid points across 35 cities in the country and plans to install 5000 stations by 2025. Under the partnership, the charging stations will be managed by Magenta and integrated charging across two, three & four-wheelers will be provided at a single location.

3. Hero Electric and Statiq come together for joint growth in EV ecosphere.

Hero Electric & Statiq have joined hands to strengthen e-mobility & charging network for EV users in the North India. Under the partnership, Hero Electric will gather data where the next set of EV chargers should be set up based on customers’ demands. These inputs will be shared with Statiq to work on expanding the charging network in relevant locations.

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The company has also collaborated with Ather & Hindustan Petroleum to set up EV charging stations in North India.

4. New variants of TVS iQube launched.

TVS Motors has launched three new variants of its iQube electric scooter.

The iQube was launched in 2020 and needed an update to take on the growing competition in the electric scooter space.

TVS has given customers the choice of three variants and 10 colour options to choose from. Prices start at Rs 98,000.

The three new models are: iQube, iQube S & iQube ST. There are no major differences in terms of design amongst the three.

The previous model had a top speed of 78 km/hr while the range was 75 km. The new variant’s base model & S model come with a range of 100 km and the same top speed of 78 km/hr. The top model ‘ST’ gets a range of 140 km and a top speed of 82 km/hr. Keeping in mind the recent battery issues in electric scooters, the batteries used in the new iQube scooters are AIS 156 certified, in addition to the IP67 certification. The base model & S model of the iQube get a 5-inch colour TFT display while the ST model gets a 7-inch touchscreen display.

5. EVRE installs 1st dedicated EV charging station in a residential society in East Delhi. 

EVRE, on 16th May, launched the first dedicated EV charging station within a residential society in East Delhi. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia inaugurated the EVRE ‘Infinity EV Charger’ at Nagarjuna Apartments at Mayur Kunj.

Currently, EVRE operates around 700 EV charging stations in different cities and has joined hands with Mahindra Logistics & Meru Cabs to provide EV charging infrastructure.

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Krishna Jasti, Co-Founder and CEO, EVRE, said, “We at EVRE are working extensively towards creating smart, integrated chargers, to meet the burgeoning demand of EVs across cities. EVRE is working towards enabling EV-ready communities and cities with sustainable electric vehicle charging infrastructure that are not only convenient but prompt consumers to make the switch with ease.”

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