Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) in partnership with NITI Aayog, Government of India is organising the fourth edition of India Energy for All Summit (IEAS) from 4-5 February 2020 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. There is a serious need to keep the economic growth aligned with climate change commitments. Responsible production and consumption of clean and affordable energy at source therefore needs to be practiced widely and regularly.
NLC India Ltd (formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation), the Navaratna company under the Ministry of Coal, has set a target to reach 21,011 Mw power generation by 2025. The company which was traditionally a lignite and coal-based power producer is planning to generate over 4,200 mega watts through renewables. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NLCIL said that growth of power sector is key to the development of the country as it facilitates development across various sectors of the economy.
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday announced that the entire network of railways in the country will run on electricity by 2024. "We are embarking on rapid electrification of the rail network by 2024, we expect the entire railways to be 100 percent run on electricity," Goyal said at the India-Brazil Business Forum. "It will be the first railway in the entire world, of this scale and size, to be run on electricity and by 2030, we plan to make the entire railway network a zero-emission network. It will run on clean energy," he added.
State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on Monday got delivery of the first ZS EV of MG Motor India. EESL placed the order for 5 MG ZS EVs that will be used by government officials to further the cause of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its National E-Mobility Programme, according to a statement. This procurement by EESL is driven by the objective of facilitating faster adoption of disruptive solutions while balancing economic development and environmental sustainability, the statement.
The government is working on an electric highway between New Delhi and Mumbai at a cost of about Rs 1 lakh crore and has already awarded 60% of the contract for that, Nitin Gadkari, union minister for road transport and highways, said. “It will be a 1,300 km, 12-lane green highway, and our target is to complete it before January 26, 2024,” he said on the sidelines of an event organised by TVS Motors to mark its entry into the electric scooter segment.
After zeroing down on the use of renewable energy to power electric vehicles (EV) charging stations, Indian motorcycle giant TVS Motors is now betting on entering the electric two-wheeler market directly, starting with the launch of iQube Electric. The motorcycle maker unveiled its first electric scooter iQube, on January 25, priced at INR 1.15 Lakh. The electric scooter comes with three lithium-ion battery packs, which comes with a three year or 50 Km warranty and 75 Km range per charge.
BattRE Electric Mobility has announced the launch of IOT e-scooter, priced at Rs 79,999 (ex-showroom). It will be available on Amazon.in, informed the company and it is claimed to be the second internet-connected scooter of India. BattRE will provide 1-year subscription to the cloud storage with this scooter. The BattRE electric scooter comes with features like navigation assist, ride statistics, remote diagnostics, voice-enabled app, anti-theft alarm and lock etc, claims the company. Also, it gets speedometer call alerts, ride behaviour-based artificial intelligence suggestions.
Major two-wheeler manufacturers are foraying into the electric vehicles space, eyeing its massive potential in a country that sells nearly 20 million two-wheelers each year. Japanese auto maker Honda is gearing up for a possible launch of electric scooters and is set to ship in one from China soon to start feasibility studies. On Saturday, Chennai-based TVS Motor Company launched its electric scooter iQube in Bengaluru at an on-road price of Rs 1.15 lakh, and earlier this month, Bajaj Auto launched its much-awaited electric scooter Chetak, priced at Rs 1-1.15 lakh in Pune and Bengaluru.
There’s a big shift going to take place in automotive industry. Connected car, the new buzz word in the automotive industry, is set to become a common phenomenon in the Indian market in the near future with rapid adoption of electric vehicles, according to a Deloitte report. Connected car, which can communicate bidirectionally with other systems outside of the car (LAN), shares data with other devices both inside and outside the vehicle.
Does India Inc care about the country’s forests? A recent ‘CDP India Annual Report 2019’ indicates it doesn’t. No Indian company responded to CDP’s (Carbon Disclosure Project) questionnaire on forests, though many answered similar questionnaires on other issues such as renewable energy use and water. The questions on forests were aimed at ascertaining whether the companies measured the impact of their businesses on forests. “In 2019, 543 companies from 46 countries responded to CDP’s forests’ questionnaire. Starkly, no India company did so,” the report says.
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