The future is electric?

One can say that the future might need more power than it has right now. There’s nothing wrong about that one. It is easy to say that the online casinos are just a start for those people who think that there would be no way to make sure that the future is indeed electric as well. That is the tea.
 
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Apparently, Methane is what is causing global warming and there is absolutely nothing human kind can do. Methane is leaked from oil wells, cattle, land fills, rice cultivation etc. EVs are just a scam or a fad.


 
An interesting article on the history of electric cars.

In 1897, the bestselling car in the US was an electric vehicle: the Pope Manufacturing Company’s Columbia Motor Carriage. Electric models were outselling steam- and petrol-powered ones. By 1900, sales of steam vehicles had taken a narrow lead: that year, 1,681 steam vehicles, 1,575 electric vehicles and 936 petrol-powered vehicles were sold. Only with the launch of the Olds Motor Works’ Curved Dash Oldsmobile in 1903 did petrol-powered vehicles take the lead for the first time.

Perhaps the most remarkable example, to modern eyes, of how things might have worked out differently for electric vehicles is the story of the Electrobat, an electric taxicab that briefly flourished in the late 1890s. The Electrobat had been created in Philadelphia in 1894 by Pedro Salom and Henry Morris, two scientist-inventors who were enthusiastic proponents of electric vehicles. In a speech in 1895, Salom derided “the marvelously complicated driving gear of a gasoline vehicle, with its innumerable chains, belts, pulleys, pipes, valves and stopcocks … Is it not reasonable to suppose, with so many things to get out of order, that one or another of them will always be out of order?”
The lost history of the electric car – and what it tells us about the future of transport
 

Silesti

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Well, until we start producing green electricity, electric cars and bikes are not ecological at all. Because most of the energy is produced by atomic energy and charcoal burning.
 

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Ola S1 scooters launched, prices start at Rs 99,999
By Peerzada Abrar & Shally Seth Mohile
August 16, 2021 13:47 IST


In India, Ola is now in direct competition with electric two-wheeler makers, such as Ather Energy, Hero Electric, Bajaj's Chetak, and TVS Motor Company.




SoftBank-backed Ola Electric took the wraps off its maiden e-scooter offerings -- Ola S1 and S1 Pro -- for a commercial launch on Sunday.

With prices starting from Rs 99,999 (excluding state government incentives, registration fee, and insurance cost), the Bhavesh Aggarwal-founded firm said the e-scooters are designed and engineered in India for the world and will deliver the best scooter experience to the consumer.

He suggested that after 2025, sale of petrol-powered two-wheelers should not be allowed.
“It will be the best scooter ever made, not just the best electric scooter,” said Aggarwal, chairman and group CEO, Ola, during a roundtable at the Ola Electric campus in Bengaluru.
“We have to make technology which is the best in the world and that's what we're doing. We've been saying we'll build our own technology.
"We built our own technology. All of this has been done by Indian teams based here in this office, and it's world-leading.”
With pricing that undercuts competition -- internal combustion engine (ICE) powered scooters and e-scooters and a promise of delivering an e-scooter that claims superiority over rivals, Aggarwal gave a clarion call to “reject petrol and commit to electrification”.

According to him, the scale of pollution by the traditional automotive industry is very high and electrification is the only sustainable solution.
He said electric vehicles are much more efficient and sustainable than gasoline vehicles.



In terms of the total cost of ownership (TCO), Aggarwal said the vehicle will be 40 per cent lower than the petrol vehicle in a 4-5 year cycle.
“The only true solution for us is to genuinely completely reject petrol and commit to electrification,” he said, often interrupting himself to ask “What do you think?” He said after 2025, “no petrol two-wheeler should be sold in India and it is possible to make this transition to sustainability in four years.”
In India, Ola is now in direct competition with electric two-wheeler makers, such as Ather Energy, Hero Electric, Bajaj's Chetak, and TVS Motor Company.
Ola has the S1 (Rs 99,999) and S1 Pro (Rs 1,29,999) electric scooter models – the S1 Pro has 3.97 kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery packs, which, according to the company, have enough power for a range of 181 km in a single charge.
The S1 and S1 Pro are likely to be available for purchase from September.
With aggressive pricing that undercuts the products offered by the competition and superior products, coupled with the charging infrastructure that Ola is creating, Ola Electric is set to disrupt the world’s largest two-wheeler market, said analysts.
"Ola is priced aggressively at par with the gasoline Activa and undercuts its EV rivals,” Aditya Makharia, analyst at HDFC Securities, wrote in a research report.
With a starting price of Rs 85,000 in Delhi, the Ola electric scooter is cheaper than the TVS iQube (Rs 101,000), Bajaj Chetak (Rs 142,000) and the Ather 450 (starting at Rs 1,13,000).
Ex-showroom Delhi prices for ICE scooter Honda Activa 6G ranges between Rs 69,080 and Rs 72,325, while the more-powerful Activa 125 costs Rs 72,637-79,760.
“Thus, the pricing of the OLA is extremely competitive,” said Makharia.
It’s superior to rivals even in terms of product specifications, he wrote.
“With a 2.9kwh battery (the best in class) and peak output, this is 40 per cent more than the Ather.
"A driving range in excess of 100 km for its S1 base model addresses the range anxiety (121 km range on a single charge).
"The battery has a capacity of 2.9kwH (among the highest in EVs) for the base variant and 3.9kwH for the S1 Pro (30 per cent higher than the Ather).”
The launch comes days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed hopes that the Indian government would slash tax on imported electric cars.
Earlier, Aggarwal had said he was not in favour of the government paring duty on imported electric vehicles and his comment went viral.
But Aggarwal, on Saturday, said that many people misinterpreted his comment that his firm didn’t want any competition.
“I welcome that gentleman to India. Competition is good,” said Aggarwal.
According to him, companies whether Indian or international, should invest in the country.
“Many people misinterpreted my comment that ‘we don't want the competition.
"Nothing like that. We welcome competition and we will beat the competition, whether it is Indian or global.”
Ola Electric had also revealed its plans to set up the world’s largest electric two-wheeler charging network.
The Ola Hypercharger Network is likely to be the widest and densest electric two-wheeler charging network in the world, with more than 100,000 charging points across 400 cities.
Besides large cities, it is also witnessing huge demand from small towns and cities for its scooter.
Chasing the mission of a faster adoption to e-mobility, Ola had announced in December 2020 that it would be investing Rs 2,400 crore for setting up phase 1 of the factory.
The Ola Futurefactory is coming up on a 500-acre site in Tamil Nadu.
At full capacity of 10 million vehicles annually, it would be the world’s largest two-wheeler factory and would handle 15 per cent of the world capacity.

It would have an initial capacity of 2 million units a year in Phase 1 and also serve as the company’s global manufacturing hub for its range of electric-powered scooters and two-wheelers across India and international markets, including EU nations, the UK, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand.

Photographs: Courtesy Ola Electric


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Ola Electric to get new rival as LML announces comeback with a ‘disruptive product'

LML electric is planning to introduce a disruptive product in order to make the most of its re-appearance in the Indian market (Bloomberg)


LML electric is planning to introduce a disruptive product in order to make the most of its re-appearance in the Indian market (Bloomberg)1 min read . Updated: 08 Sep 2021, 03:06 PM ISTEdited By Danny Cyril D Cruze

Currently, LML Electric claims to be laying the groundwork to re-appear in the Indian market

LML scooters were very popular in the Indian market, right from the 1980s to the early 2000s. The company made scooters, mopeds and even motorcycles. Now, the brand is planning a comeback in a hotly contested but relatively new product segment, electric scooters.
The Kanpur-based company is planning to make a comeback by entering the EV two-wheeler market. LML plans to enter the market with an extensive strategy for India’s EV two-wheeler sector.

Currently, the company claims to be laying the groundwork to re-appear in the market. According to a statement by the company, the brand is backed up by large investments with an investing partner. However, the specifics were not shared. LML electric is planning to introduce a disruptive product in order to make the most of its re-appearance in the Indian market.

Sharing his thoughts on the same, Dr. Yogesh Bhatia, MD & CEO, LML Electric said, “We’re extremely excited to make a significant comeback. We are actively working on the product development strategies in order to introduce a highly innovative product equipped with the best of technology to enable & strengthen the urban mobility space. We would like to empower the upper-middle and urban segments of society with our range of premium products to drive the change."
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Ola Electric postpones S1 e-scooter sale to September 15 due to website glitch
2 min read . Updated: 09 Sep 2021, 09:52 AM ISTHT Auto Desk

  • Ola Electric faced a technical glitch in making the purchase website live for consumers.
  • The sales of Ola S1 and S1 Pro will now commence from September 15, but delivery dates will remain unchanged.


Ola Electric confronted a glitch at the beginning of its journey as an OEM. The ride-hailing company turned into an electric scooter manufacturer had to postpone its first EV sales by a week to September 15, as it faced technical difficulties with its website.

Ola Electric confronted a glitch at the beginning of its journey as an OEM. The ride-hailing company turned into an electric scooter manufacturer had to postpone its first EV sales by a week to September 15, as it faced technical difficulties with its website.

Ola Electric introduced its first-ever electric scooter S1 a few weeks ago. The scooter that created quite some ripples in the Indian EV space was slated to go on sale from September 8, with deliveries scheduled to commence in October. However, the company faced a technical glitch in making the purchase website live for consumers on Wednesday. This prompted Ola Electric to postpone the date of sales commencement to September 15.

Ola Chairman and group CEO Bhavish Aggarwal announced the decision in a late-night statement on Twitter. “We had committed to start purchases today for our Ola S1 scooter. But unfortunately, we have had many technical difficulties in making our website for purchases live today," he wrote on Twitter, further adding “I want to apologise to all of you, who had to wait for several hours. The website was just not up to our expectations on quality. I know we have disappointed you and I sincerely apologise to each of you for what was clearly a very frustrating experience."
However, Bhavish Aggarwal also said that despite the delay in the sales process, Ola S1 and S1 Pro scooters' delivery dates will remain unchanged. The company introduced a completely paperless digital purchase experience for the consumers. The loan process too is completely digital.
It started receiving bookings for the S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters a few weeks back at ₹499, after the introduction on August 15. The S1 and S1 Pro e-scooters come priced at ₹99,999 and ₹129,999, respectively excluding the FAME-II and state government benefits for EVs.
Both the scooters come loaded with a host of class-leading features. The scooters also come with a fresh design. Available in 10 different colour options, the Ola S1 draws power from an 8.5 kW electric motor clubbed with a 3.97 kWh battery pack.

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Remember LML? Kanpur-based company to launch e-scooter, will rival Ola Electric
1 min read . Updated: 08 Sep 2021, 07:12 PM IST
HT Auto Desk
  • LML Electric aims to bring a premium electric two-wheeler that would compete with Ola S1 scooter.
  • LML Electric plans to target urban young buyers with its premium product range.

Remember LML scooters and motorcycles from that used to rule the roads between the 1980s and 2000s? The brand is gearing up for a comeback. This time, the Kanpur-based company is planning to bring electric scooters that would compete with recently introduced Ola Electric's S1 and S1 Pro scooters among others.

Mint reports that LML is currently laying the groundwork to re-enter the Indian two-wheeler market. For this project, LML Electric is claimed to have received large investments. However, details of the investment and upcoming electric scooters are yet to be revealed.
The company also claims that it will bring a disruptive product to the market. Yogesh Bhatia, MD & CEO, LML Electric said that the company is excited to make a significant comeback. "We are actively working on the product development strategies in order to introduce a highly innovative product equipped with the best of technology to enable & strengthen the urban mobility space," Bhatia further added,

In the last few years, several startups have launched their products in the fast-growing electric two-wheeler space in India. Some of the conventional two-wheeler manufacturers too introduced their products. The majority of these products are focused on urban young riders.
The electric two-wheelers have found a lot of takers already. The number of these electric two-wheelers are increasing fast across the country. Factors such as the sky-high price of petrol and diesel, increasing demands for personal mobility, a wide range of subsidies and incentives offered by the government are fuelling the growth.
Manufacturers such as Ather, Revolt, Ola Electric have been focusing on premium products with a host of features, generous performance. LML Electric too claims that it will bring an electric scooter that will focus on upper-middle and urban segments of society with a premium product range.

 
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