Daily News Wrap-Up: COP26 President and NITI Aayog Launch E-Mobility App

Tata Motors bags order for 1,500 electric busses from Delhi Transport Corporation


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

COP 26 President Alok Sharma and NITI Aayog launched initiatives to boost electric mobility and promote India’s battery reuse and recycling market. The two initiatives launched were — E-AMRIT (Accelerated e-Mobility Revolution for India’s Transportation) mobile application to raise awareness of electric mobility and the Report on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Reuse and Recycling Market in India. NITI Aayog has been collaborating with the UK Government on e-vehicles, charging infrastructure, and battery storage to bolster this low-carbon infrastructure. The e-AMRIT app offers users essential information like engagement tools that enable them to assess the benefits of electric vehicles, determine savings and get all the information on developments in the Indian electric vehicle market and industry at their fingertips. The report on “Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Reuse and Recycling Market in India,” supported by the UK’s Green Growth Fund Technical Cooperation Facility, aims to promote battery recycling of current and evolving battery technologies and the battery supply chain as uptake of electric vehicles increase in India.

Tata Motors announced that it bagged an order for 1,500 electric buses from Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) under the larger tender by Convergence Energy Services Limited. Tata Motors will supply, operate, and maintain air-conditioned, low-floor, 12-meter, fully built electric buses for 12 years. Tata Starbus electric buses are expected to offer state-of-the-art technology for sustainable, eco-friendly, and economical public transportation and would be equipped with modern features to enable safe, smooth, and comfortable passenger travel.

EV maker Hero Electric announced that it had begun work on its second manufacturing plant in Ludhiana, Punjab, expected to be functional by February next year. The new facility will be built adjacent to its existing facility. It is spread across 10 acres and will have an annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles. The plant would be a hub for building new battery design and development and futuristic products. The second plant at Ludhiana is also expected to bolster R&D and HR mechanisms for skill building and talent acquisition through integrated and unique recruitment plans. The announcement of a new facility comes months after the company announced raising its annual production capacity to 1 million units in the next three years.

Olectra Greentech announced that Evey Trans (EVEY) received the letter of award from Telangana State Road Transport Corporation for 300 electric buses worth ₹5 billion (~$62.68 million) under the FAME-II scheme of the Government of India. The order for the supply of 300 electric buses is on a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) / OPEX model basis for 12 years. EVEY shall procure these buses from Olectra Greentech, to be delivered over 20 months. Olectra shall also undertake maintenance of these buses during the Contract Period.

Invenergy, a Chicago-based sustainable energy solutions company, announced its first green hydrogen project. The five-acre Sauk Valley Hydrogen project will generate green hydrogen by utilizing power from Invenergy’s co-located solar plant and Ohmium International’s low-carbon electrolyzer technology. The Sauk Valley Hydrogen Project is expected to generate up to 52 tons of hydrogen annually. The project will be able to store up to 400 kilograms of hydrogen on-site and provide hydrogen to Invenergy’s 584 MW Nelson Energy Center. Sauk Valley’s loading capability will enable any excess hydrogen generated at the facility to be shipped and used offsite.


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