Category EVs

RECC building new plant near Bangalore, will increase capacity to 30,000 cars per annum

Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), Bangalore-based manufacturer of the Reva electric car, is now setting up a new assembly plant near Bangalore which will have a capacity of 30,000 units per annum. With the rise in the popularity of electric cars, RECC is committed to launching new models regularly and also hopes to increase its sales in the domestic market.

RECC’s new 18,212sq.m new production facility is being built in accordance with ‘green’ principles – the design is contemporary, energy requirements are low and the plant is being built to the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED) building rating system standard, an internationally accepted rating system and benchmark for evaluating and certifying sustainable sites.

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Tata Motors, Miljø Innovasjon to team up with TM4 for electric Indica Vista

Expect to see an all-electric Indica in India within the next 3-4 years…

TM4 has been selected by Miljø Innovasjon, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, to provide electric motors, power electronics and vehicle controllers for an electric car demonstration program to be launched in Norway in 2009-10. Under this program, Miljø will produce over one hundred units of an all-electric version of Tata Motors’ new Indica Vista.

For this project, Tata Motors and Miljø will benefit from TM4’s latest generation of electric motors for the automobile industry, the TM4 MФTIVE TM series, which is said to be the product of a decade of R&D efforts. According to TM4, this motor has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class and industry-leading efficiency.

TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, deve...

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BYD Auto launches plug-in Hybrid in China

Looks like an old Toyota Corolla, but the BYD F3DM is a fully functional, made-in-China plug-in hybrid. The Japanese, Koreans and Americans don’t have anything like it yet!

The Chinese seem to be steaming ahead with development on hybrids, beating American, Japanese and Korean carmakers to the punch. For example, while Chevrolet is still at least two years away from launching the Volt, Chinese carmaker, BYD Auto, has already launched China’s first plug-in hybrid – the F3DM sedan. The vehicle, which was recently launched in China, will be showcased at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2009.

While the Chevy Volt is expected to cost around US$40,000 when it goes on sale in 2011, the F3DM will be priced at the equivalent of around US$21,900 in China...

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Yamaha, Honda to launch e-bikes by 2010-11

According to a report on Bloomberg, Honda and Yamaha are working on electric motorcycles, which they are expected to launch by 2010. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, these e-bikes are likely to be priced in the US$2,000-3,800 range, and could offer performance similar to that of bikes with conventional 250cc engines.

Yamaha is expected to be the first Japanese company that’ll be off the blocks with a mass-market electric bike, by 2010. Honda is likely to launch its e-bike by 2011. Suzuki, which is ready with a prototype of its fuel-cell powered bike, the Crosscage, could also launch an electric bike by 2011. However, these e-bikes will first be launched in Japan, and later, perhaps, in Europe. We don’t think Japanese e-bikes will come to India in the next 3-4 years.

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Safa Tempo: Electric rickshaws make inroads in Nepal

In Nepal, EVs have already replaced petrol/diesel powered three-wheelers!

According to a report on Autoblog Green, electric three-wheelers are getting very popular in Nepal. Because of the pollution they created, petrol-powered Vikram Tempo rickshaws were banned in Nepal in 1999. And since then, battery-powered Safa Tempos have been getting increasingly popular there.

According to Shree Eco Visionary (SEV), there are about 650 of these Safa Tempos on the streets of Kathmandu, fulfilling the transportation needs of over 100,000 people. And going by SEV’s projections, the number of these electric three-wheelers in Nepal may go up to 4,000 over the next five years.

The electric Safa Tempo costs about Rs 5...

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