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Tata electric car with ZIPTRON launch by March 2020 – Nexon, Altroz?

Tata Motors has confirmed the launch of new EV technology called ZIPTRON.

By Varun On Sep 20, 2019

Digital render of 2020 Tata Nexon electric
Digital render of 2020 Tata Nexon electric
Tata Motors is all set to deliver future ready and technologically advanced, made in India electric cars. The first such car will be launched by March 2020, confirmed Tata Motors. Though the company has not confirmed which car will be the first to get the ZIPTRON technology, we believe it could be either the Nexon electric or the Altroz electric.

What is Ziptron technology? Tata says, “ZIPTRON technology comprises of a highly efficient permanent magnet AC motor providing superior performance on demand. It also offers best in industry dust and water proof battery system meeting IP67 standards. Further, ZIPTRON utilizes smart regenerative braking to charge the battery while on the drive.”
With this new electric technology, Tata Motors aims to redefine the electric car segment. Not only their electric cars will come with world class features and technology, their pricing will be aggressive as they will be made in India. Below is the first teaser video of this new tech.

Mr. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors said, “We are proud to present this state-of-art technology brand – ZIPTRON, which has been designed in-house while utilizing our global engineering network. At the heart of our future EV line-up, this technology will deliver a thrilling driving experience to our customers aspiring to go-green.
Rigorously tested across 1 million kms, ZIPTRON technology is well proven, advanced and reliable. With this technology, we hope to usher in a new wave of eMobility in India and accelerate faster adoption of EVs, supporting the Government’s vision.”

Tata Ziptron

Speaking about the new gen electric car of Tata Motors Ziptron tech, it could be either the Altroz EV, which was showcased at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, or the Nexon electric SUV, which has already spied on test.
Considering that the Nexon EV has already entered the test phase, it is more likely to become the first Tata electric car with Ziptron technology. Not much details are available as of now about the Tata Nexon electric, but it is expected to get larger battery than on offer with the Tigor EV. This will deliver more driving range, expected of about 300 kms on full charge. Price could be in the range of Rs 15 lakhs.

Tata electric car with ZIPTRON launch by March 2020 - Nexon, Altroz?
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Nitin Jairam Gadkari; is an Indian politician who is the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways of India and Shipping Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Government of India. Gadkari earlier served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party from 2010-13.

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You will also end up burning more diesel to charge electric buses than actually using diesel to drive it. It is funny how easily Indians fall for government scams. India will stop the manufacturing of traditional vehicles and start manufacturing electric vehicles when infrastructure is not there. For a populous country like India, there really is no space for infrastructure.
Electric buses powered by diesel generator till charging stations will be ready. A true story from UK

Home/News/Electric buses powered by diesel generator till charging stations will be ready. A true story from UK

Electric buses are not enough to make a green fleet. Issues such as energy production and life cycle emissions are quite known and debated. But what is happening in UK is a real extreme case: a fleet of electric buses powered by a diesel generator. Indeed, Harrogate Bus Company claims it’s having red-tape troubles with infrastructures. So, the “fuelling” of the electric buses, for the moment, depend on… diesel.

Eight Volvo electric buses presented in August
The fact was discovered by the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service. Harrogate Bus Company is a subsidiary of Transdev Blazefield and presented in August a fleet of eight electric buses. They were welcomed as the first Opp-Charge buses in UK. In five years, according to the statements, Harrogate is supposed to become a low emission bus town. The buses are funded by a £2.25 million grant from the Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme, while the company is investing about £1.7 million. The buses are Volvo 7900 Electric, equipped with wifi connection and Usb spots. And pantograph. In August local press reported that the buses were expected to go into service as soon as Northern Powergrid connects up the charging masts at the bus station, «probably in 2-3 weeks’ time».

Harrogate Bus Company struggling with infrastructure
But something went terribly wrong. Harrogate Bus Company’s general manager Keith Roebuck told the press that the generator was a “short term interim measure” for use while the company worked through a “red-tape infrastructure issue. We’re working hard to resolve the red-tape infrastructure issue which is preventing us from using the electric chargers as we had planned. Once we have resolved the issue, the chargers will be fuelled by a renewable energy contract ensuring that the buses are truly zero emission”.

Three charging stations at the depot
BBC also quoted a spokeman from Northern Powergrid, who confirmed that the power company would be able to supply the required capacity to power the fleet from the three charging masts at the bus station. “We’ve worked closely with The Harrogate Bus Company, their chosen independent connection provider and independent distribution network operator to make available a connection and the required capacity to help transform Harrogate into Britain’s first low emission bus town,” the spokeswoman said.

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Electric buses powered by diesel generator till charging stations will be ready. A true story from UK - Sustainable Bus
Inside India’s messy electric vehicle revolution
India’s embrace of e-vehicles has been disorganized, with hordes of e-rickshaws leading the charge.
New York Times|
Updated: Aug 23, 2019, 02.38 PM IST

By Saumya Khandelwal, Vindu Goel and Karan Deep Singh

NEW DELHI: It’s the morning rush hour at Nawada metro station in India’s capital, and dozens of electric rickshaws are jockeying to get through the narrow gate into the parking lot. Once inside, each one stops to let its four or five passengers off before squeezing back out to pick up more riders.

More than half of the shared three-wheeled taxis are technically illegal, and the drivers typically don’t have licenses. Accidents are common. Nearly all of the rickshaws are powered by lead-acid batteries underneath the passenger seats. And the electricity used to recharge them is often stolen.

“It isn’t safe at all,” said Suman Deep Kaur, who works at a credit agency and rides an e-rickshaw twice a day between the station and her home. “But this is the only conveyance that will get me home.”

Welcome to the front line of India’s electric vehicle revolution. It’s messy, improvised and driven by the people. The government and vehicle makers are now trying to gain some control over it.

India’s million e-rickshaws make up the second-largest collection of electric vehicles in the world. Only China’s fleet of several hundred million electric motorcycles and bicycles is bigger.

About 60 million Indians hop on an e-rickshaw every day, analysts estimate. Passengers pay about 10 rupees, or 14 cents, for a ride. In a country with limited shared transit options and a vast population of working poor people, the vehicles provide a vital service as well as a decent living for drivers, who are mostly illiterate.

Whirring through Delhi’s side streets and dirt lanes, the e-rickshaws leave passengers with dust-filled lungs and shaken bones. Drivers often go against traffic, playing chicken with oncoming buses and trucks. The vehicles’ open sides, handy for hopping on and off, require that riders hang on or risk falling out. The batteries sometimes overheat, putting people in a literal hot seat.

Yet to millions of Indians, it’s all worth it.

In the country’s northern cities, where e-rickshaws are concentrated, the vehicles are supplanting auto-rickshaws, the better-known three-wheelers that serve as neighborhood taxis, seat up to three people and run on diesel, gasoline or natural gas.

Although auto-rickshaws are safer and faster, a ride in one costs three to 10 times more than a ride in an e-rickshaw, which is less expensive because of the vehicles’ cheaper energy supply and ability to cram in four or more paying passengers.

For many drivers, going electric is an upgrade from the old-fashioned cycle rickshaws they once pedaled.

Vinod Jha, 42, a cycle rickshaw driver who changed to an electric model two years ago, said that he got more business now. Passengers overwhelmingly prefer e-rickshaws to human-powered ones.

But there are downsides. “I felt healthier then,” he said. “Now I’m lazy.”

Sanjeet Kumar drives an e-rickshaw during rush hours as a sideline to his main job: selling ayurvedic medicine. A father of three, Kumar said that he needed the income from two jobs to pay for arthritis treatments for his wife.

“I have struggled a lot,” he said in an interview in the one-room flat he shares with his eldest son. “But now she can use her hands. Now she can walk.”

India’s embrace of electric vehicles has been disorganized, like so much else in the country. The first e-rickshaws appeared about a decade ago when small manufacturers imported ready-to-assemble kits from China, where the vehicles were used mainly to haul cargo.

The government ignored the rise of e-rickshaws until 2014, when a 3-year-old child was knocked into a pot of hot oil by a driver who hit the boy’s mother. The Delhi High Court ruled that the vehicles were illegal and banned them.

The national parliament stepped in and legalized e-rickshaws in 2015, but most owners do not get the required licenses for them. Sunny Garg, who runs G&G Automotive, a New Delhi manufacturer of higher-end e-rickshaws that cost about $2,000 apiece, said that elected officials had realized drivers were important constituents.

“One e-rickshaw has at least four to six votes,” he said, referring to the members of each driver’s family.

E-rickshaws reduce air pollution in places like New Delhi, one of the world’s smoggiest cities. Officials there now offer a subsidy of 30,000 rupees, or about $425, to drivers who buy new ones.

As the vehicles’ popularity has grown, Indian companies have tweaked the original Chinese designs. New brands like Saarthi, one of the biggest manufacturers of e-rickshaws in the Delhi area, have emerged, as has an ecosystem of parts suppliers and neighborhood parking lots where drivers can store and recharge their vehicles overnight.

The central government is now trying to force motorcycle and auto-rickshaw makers to go all-electric, too. It just cut taxes on electric vehicles and has proposed subsidies for batteries and charging stations. Along with those carrots is a stick: a requirement that all new three-wheeled vehicles be electric by 2023 and that two-wheeled ones meet that goal by 2025.

“This is good for the Earth,” said Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman of Niti Aayog, the agency spearheading the plan.

Safety remains a concern. E-rickshaws, with their slow speed and rickety design, are prone to accidents. Drivers are supposed to avoid major roads, but many do not. Utility companies complain about charging lots stealing power using illegal connections.

India’s hot climate also punishes electric batteries. They lose their charge more quickly here than in cooler countries, and they can overheat and shut down.

Big companies are starting to see potential in solving the problems.

Ola, an Uber competitor in India, is experimenting with e-rickshaws that can exchange lithium ion batteries quickly so there is no downtime for drivers. Ola has built a battery-swapping station just outside of Delhi and has raised $250 million from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank to invest in electric vehicle technology.

“It can’t be chaos forever,” said Anand Shah, head of Ola Electric Mobility. “It’s got to improve.”

Mahindra & Mahindra, a top producer of commercial vehicles, has teamed up with SmartE, a startup, to build a market for premium e-rickshaws that run on lithium-ion batteries.

SmartE, whose roughly 1,000 e-rickshaws make up the largest fleet of such vehicles, has a contract with Delhi’s metro system to place its vehicles in prime locations. It also has ambitions to standardize the entire e-rickshaw ecosystem.

The startup rents lithium-ion e-rickshaws to drivers, charging and maintaining them at its own lots. Drivers must follow routes set by a computer that assesses demand. SmartE even encourages its drivers to wear company T-shirts for a more professional look.

It seems to be working. On a recent morning at a station in the Delhi suburb of Dwarka, nearly every passenger getting off a train headed toward one of SmartE’s bright green vehicles instead of seeking out other e-rickshaws.

Goldie Srivastava, SmartE’s chief executive, said it made sense that three-wheeled vehicles were leading India’s electric revolution.

“Hopping into a three-wheeler is a habit for a large number of lower and middle-income Indians,” he said. “It’s electric, but it’s not like it’s a dramatically new form factor for India.”
Tata Tigor electric sedan with 213 Kms ARAI certified range/charge launched at Rs. 9.44 lakhs
By CarToq Editor - October 9, 2019

Now, everyone can buy an electric sedan from Tata Motors. Yes, Tata Motors has just launched the Tigor Electric compact sedan, for both private buyers and cab operators. The new Tigor Electric gets an enhanced range per charge of 213 kilometers. It’s priced at Rs. 9.44 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi for the base trim, thanks to the various tax benefits that the Indian government now bestows on electric cars. This sharp price tag makes the Tigor Electric cheaper than most top-end variants of compact sedans sold in India including the Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze.
Tata Tigor Electric

The Tata Tigor Electric sedan is available in three trims: XE+, XM+ and XT+. The car will be available across 30 Indian cities initially, and Tata Motors is likely to expand availability to more cities in the coming months. This is the first electric car that Tata Motors will sell private buyers. The previous iteration of the Tigor Electric had a range of 140 Kms, and was a cab-only offering. The car gets a 3 year/1.25 lakh Kms warranty, and comes with both fast and slow charging ports.

Key new features on the Tata Tigor electric compact sedan include a new front grille, sport and regular drive modes, alloy wheels, EV decals on the outside, shark fin antenna, black and grey interior trim, a Harman stereo and a CVT automatic gearbox. The higher variants of the car get twin airbags while the base trim gets a single airbag. Other safety features such as ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts and seat belt reminder are standard across all trims.
The Tigor Electric is available in three colours: Pearlescent white, Egyptian blue and Roman silver. Bookings are now open, and deliveries will begin shortly. The Tigor Electric is chiefly aimed at those who want an electric sedan for city use. While it can manage the occasional inter-city run, the range of 213 Kms will always be weighing on the mind of driver. The car is best used as a city commuter. The Tigor is also available with petrol, petrol AMT and diesel engined options. Prices of the regular engined Tigor start from Rs. 5.6 lakhs.
Mr. Ashesh Dhar, Head – Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, Electric Vehicle Business, Tata Motors Ltd. said,
Tigor EV Extended Range model aptly addresses the requirements of longer range applications and also provides higher revenue earning potential for our commercial customers. This new version builds on the success of the award winning Tigor EV, which is already deployed with several fleets and Government customers. This launch reinforces our commitment towards sustainable mobility solutions in India.

Tata Tigor Electric with 213 Kms ARAI certified range/charge launched at Rs. 9.44 lakhs

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Electric cars are a scam and anyone who pursued this scam wasted a lot of resources. Dyson found this out the hard way.

Dyson abandons plans to build electric cars

Dyson abandons plans to build electric cars
By Charles Riley, CNN Business

Updated 12:58 PM ET, Thu October 10, 2019

London (CNN Business)Dyson has abandoned plans to build electric cars, saying its $3 billion project--aimed at taking on the biggest names in the automotive industry--is not commercially viable.
The maker of vacuums and hand dryers said Thursday that while its engineers had produced a "fantastic" vehicle, the effort would be wound down. The company said it had not been able to find a buyer for the project.
"Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable," James Dyson, the company's billionaire founder, wrote in a note to employees.
Dyson announced in 2017 that his company was joining the global race to electric vehicles that pits the biggest established carmakers against specialists such as Tesla (TSLA).

A year ago, the company said that it was planning to build the cars at a new factory in Singapore that would have been operational by 2020. Some £2.5 billion ($3 billion) was committed to the project.
Elon Musk says Tesla could sell a record 100,000 cars this quarter

Elon Musk says Tesla could sell a record 100,000 cars this quarter

The project was a source of curiosity among automotive analysts and industry veterans, some of whom questioned whether a company with substantial engineering experience — but none with cars — could compete.
The world's largest carmakers are now focused on developing electric cars, and they are deploying huge amounts of capital to tackle engineering problems posed by the new technology.

Dyson had not released many details about the electric vehicle it was hoping to develop, while claiming it had significant potential. "What we're doing is quite radical," Dyson told GQ in 2018.
James Dyson poses during a photo session at a hotel in Paris.

James Dyson poses during a photo session at a hotel in Paris.
"Since day one we have taken risks and dared to challenge the status quo with new products and technologies. Such an approach drives progress, but has never been an easy journey," Dyson told staffers on Thursday.
"This is not the first project which has changed direction and it will not be the last," he added. Dyson said that the company would continue its efforts to develop solid state batteries and other technology.
Some of the hundreds of workers from the car project would be hired into other positions, Dyson said. Those who cannot find alternative roles would be supported fairly, he said.
The prominent Brexit supporter was criticized earlier this year when he chose to relocate Dyson's headquarters from the United Kingdom to Singapore to be closer to its customers and manufacturing base.