The Indian government and the major automobile players in the Indian market, according to IBEF, set out a goal to make India a leader in the two-wheeler and four-wheeler market in the world by 2030. This dream seems to be turning into a reality, a whopping 11 years away. The introduction of new technology such as clean mobility championed by Maker Max and the development of existing technology such as digital dashboards has led to major developments in the country’s automobile industry. Battery swap technology, the use of electric vehicles for public transport, and the manufacture of purely electric personal cars are just but icing on the cake that is technology developments in the Indian electric automobile industry.
Battery Swap Technology
India is in the process of introducing electric buses named ‘Circuit-S’ which will be used for public transport in 11 shortlisted cities. The kick-off for the first phase of the project is set to be in March 2019. These buses which are a partnership of Ashok Leyland, SUN Mobility, and The Hinduja Group operate on smart batteries that run for 120km after a single charge. Once depleted, they will be swapped with fully charged batteries at bus layovers using a process that takes under 2.5 minutes. These smart batteries weigh just one-fourth the weight of a standard lithium-ion battery of that size. The circuit S electric buses can accommodate a maximum of 65 passengers and a minimum of 35 passengers.
Circuit-F Charging Mechanism
This is a mechanism whereby the electric battery is in-built and is connected to a charging port once its charge is over. In the fast-charge segment, an e-bus can run for 200 km on a single one/two-hour charge. The charging stations are to be evenly distributed to reduce congestion of the buses. These buses can transport anywhere between 35 to 50 passengers at any given time.
Electric Vehicles Releases
Public transport aside, in a bid to stay true to the Paris Agreement, the Indian government is encouraging the production and selling of electric personal cars in the country in order to facilitate the 2030 shift to electric vehicles plan. Tata Tiago Electric, Mahindra Verito, Eddy Current Controls, Tata Tigor Electric, and Mahindra e-KUV100 are but a few of the electric cars recently released in the country. For those in the market for a vehicle, an electric design will not only save on energy, but will also do away with car related problems like pollution. Not to mention increased convenience and minimized fuel costs.
All this new technology has been greatly accepted by the population which is mainly made up of the youth who have benefited from labor thanks to the growing number of domestic manufacturing opportunities. The advancements in the Indian electric automobile industry, have additionally reduced pollution and carbon footprint.