Daily News Wrap-Up: Amplus Solar Partners with Mahindra to Electrify its Fleet

VoltUp partners with Adani Electricity and Hero Electric to set up battery swapping docks across Mumbai


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

Amplus Solar‘s electric mobility vertical signed a memorandum of understanding with Mahindra Electric to procure their Zor Grand, the company’s new electric vehicle. With this addition, Amplus Solar intends to strengthen its fleet of clean vehicles, offering freight delivery to major e-commerce, on-demand logistics, and other enterprises in the country on various subscription models. The agreement signifies a significant step forward in Amplus Solar’s mission to advance clean mobility solutions to its customers.

VoltUp, a one-stop battery swapping start-up, announced a partnership with Adani Electricity and Hero Electric to boost smart mobility. Starting with 120 docks in ten locations between Goregaon and Borivali in Mumbai, the partnership will add 50 locations by year-end to cover the western line from Churchgate to Mira-Bhayandar.  The partnership looks to operationalize 500 such battery swapping solutions centers across Mumbai by 2024, catering to over 30,000 riders daily.

Saatvik, a solar photovoltaic (PV) modules manufacturer, entered an agreement with a Belgium-based waste management organization, PV Cycle, to treat the waste of damaged Saatvik solar PV modules globally. The organization offers PV cycle certification and collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services for companies and waste holders worldwide. Saatvik’s product portfolio includes mono perc, bifacial, and polycrystalline solar PV modules that are now certified by the PV Cycle to reduce wastage and safeguard the environment.

Vena Energy, a renewable energy company, announced that it would launch two offshore wind projects, Wei-Na and Wei-Long, with a total capacity of 1.8 GW, to participate in auctions under Taiwan Phase 3 Offshore Wind Zonal Development. The 1,200 MW Wei-Na offshore wind project will be located 20 kilometers off the coast of Miaoli County, with a site area of about 126 square kilometers and a water depth of about 52-78 meters. The 600 MW Wei-Long offshore wind project will be located 43 kilometers outside Changhua county and span an area of approximately 76 square kilometers, with a depth of about 40-62 meters. The two offshore wind projects are expected to use large wind turbines with a single capacity of 14 MW to 20 MW.

Tata Power announced that it has set up a total of 450+ EZ charging points for electric vehicles across 350 + national highways. Tata Power EZ Charging Points have been installed across major national highways, including the longest highway NH 44, which connects J&K to Tamil Nadu, NH 19 connecting Delhi, UP, Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, and other highways connecting major states across south, north, east and west India like NH 65, NH 48, NH 16, etc. This is in line with the company’s nationwide plan of setting up charging points from north to south, connecting Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from east to west, from Guwahati to Dwarka and Bikaner. The widespread installation of Tata Power EZ Charging Points is expected to make intrastate and interstate (via national highways) travel easy for EV owners. These 450+ EV charging points on the highways are installed at diverse locations like hotels, commercial complexes, and car dealerships across 25+ states and five union territories to provide ease of charging, reduce range anxiety, and ensure seamless green and sustainable mobility.

A group of financiers, including Revfin, Mufin Green Finance, Akasa Finance, Prest Loans, Vedika Fincorp, and Grip Invest, launched the Electric Mobility Financiers Association of India (EMFAI). EMFAI will act as a platform for institutions financing electric vehicles and other products and services relevant to the ecosystem. The association’s mission is to enable the fast adoption of electric mobility, shape policies and guidelines, and mitigate risks associated with electric mobility. Access to capital is one of India’s largest constraints and opportunities for the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles. Members of EMFAI have committed to providing this access not only for electric vehicles but also for associated infrastructure and ancillary products.

Energy solutions start-up Sheru and advanced battery manufacturer JP Minda have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on improving battery performance and the deployment of batteries. Sheru would provide Minda access to its Tezz software platform and receive advanced Li-ion batteries from Minda for battery swapping. Sheru Tezz software provides users with data on critical battery parameters such as performance, asset tracking, battery life management, and alerts related to the mechanical and electrical aspects of the asset. It would also enable better servicing of batteries, inventory management, and tracking and demand management.

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