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India gets 350 new EV charging stations installed under FAME II scheme
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India gets 350 new EV charging stations installed under FAME II scheme

India's electric mobility revolution seems to gather pace with every passing day. We say that because off late an increasing number of states across the country have announced their individual EV policies. Somewhere in the middle of all the state EV policies, the central government also made some updates to the FAME 2 scheme in order to further boost the adoption of EVs, especially electric two-wheelers, e three-wheelers, and electric buses. Anyway, there has been some more movement in regards to FAME II. As on July 6, as many as 350 new EV charging stations have been installed and were functional across the country under the FAME II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and EV) scheme, the Parliament was informed on July 20. The chargers for electric vehicles have been insta...
Tata XPRES-T electric sedan launched. Delivers 14 EVs in Kolkata
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Tata XPRES-T electric sedan launched. Delivers 14 EVs in Kolkata

Tata Motors recently unveiled its new sub-brand focused on electric vehicles (EV) called Xpres which will cater to the demand of fleet consumers exclusively. The homegrown auto company has now launched its first model under this new sub-brand called Xpres-T EV which is based on the facelifted battery-powered Tigor. The electric sedan is now available for booking at selected dealerships across the country. Deliveries have now started with first batch delivered to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., in Kolkata. Price starts from Rs 9.75 lakhs for the XM+ variant and goes to Rs 9.9 lakh for the XT+ variant. All prices are ex-showroom. The deliveries of the Tata Xpres-T EV have commenced at select dealerships and the first batch has been handed over to a private company. ...
Tata Motors ‘XPRES’ is the brand for fleet customers. Launches XPRES-T electric sedan
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Tata Motors ‘XPRES’ is the brand for fleet customers. Launches XPRES-T electric sedan

Tata Motors launched a new brand ‘XPRES,’ exclusively for fleet customers. Under the XPRES brand, the company will introduce offerings, catering to fleet specific needs of safety, passenger comfort and low cost of ownership. All vehicles for the fleet segment will sport an elegantly designed XPRES badge, clearly differentiating them from the growing ‘New Forever’ range of cars and SUVs that cater to the requirements of the personal segment. The first vehicle under the XPRES brand to be launched shortly, will be an Electric Sedan, called the ‘XPRES-T’ EV. Targeted at mobility services, corporate and government fleet customers, the XPRES-T EV will come with an optimal battery size, captive fast charging solution, which will ensure outstandingly low cost of ownership in addition to saf...
Gravton Quanta electric bike launched at an introductory price of INR 99,000
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Gravton Quanta electric bike launched at an introductory price of INR 99,000

Hyderabad-based EV startup called Gravton has entered the electric two-wheeler segment in India. The company has launched its first electric bike known as the Gravton Quanta at an introductory price of INR 99,000 (ex-showroom, Hyderabad) which is set to increase to around Rs 1.1-1.2 lakh soon. Gravton says that the price is expected to drop back to around Rs 99,000 once it gets approval for the FAME II subsidy. The Quanta will only be available in Hyderabad initially, but the company does plan to launch it in other cities in the future. The Gravton Quanta features a 3kW BLDC motor that has been manufactured in-house. It is capable of taking the electric bike to a top speed of 70 kmph thanks to the instant 170 Nm of torque. The EV has a 3 kWh Li-ion detachable battery that offers a c...
Altigreen’s electric cargo 3-wheeler now available in Delhi
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Altigreen’s electric cargo 3-wheeler now available in Delhi

Altigreen, an electric vehicles OEM, today announced the availability of its electric three-wheeler in Delhi. The company has partnered with electric fleet startup MoEVing to launch its EVs in Delhi-NCR while having started the delivery of the ‘NEEV’ three-wheel EVs for MoEVing’s portfolio in Delhi-NCR already. Altigreen NEEV is an L5 cargo vehicle that the company says has been designed keeping specific needs of Indian users in mind. Altigreen’s NEEV comes with an 11-kWh battery pack offering a range of up to 125 km and a payload capacity of 550 kg in city traffic conditions. The company has already opened its office in New Delhi to expand business in the region and launched a service network across various geographical areas in Delhi-NCR to support its customers. It is to be...
2022 Mercedes Benz EQB debuts as seven-seater EV
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2022 Mercedes Benz EQB debuts as seven-seater EV

The recently-launched Mercedes Benz EQS was a significant addition to the top rung of the brand’s EV lineup while the EQA entered the scene as a stepping stone to the marque. In a bid to expand their electric-car portfolio further, the Mercedes-Benz EQB debuts in China with seating for seven and a maximum power output of 288 hp. The Mercedes Benz EQB, as the name suggests, is the EV version of the rather square GLB SUV. The front fascia is updated to gel with the faces of its larger siblings. A large black panel replaces the grill while the headlamps flow into it from either side. The side profile is the same as that of the GLB while the rear gets a full-width tail lamp, again an EQ design feature. The interior is almost identical to its fossil fuel-powered twin. Three rows of se...
Jaguar I-Pace launched in India at INR 1.06 crore
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Jaguar I-Pace launched in India at INR 1.06 crore

Jaguar has launched the I-Pace ; the first all-electric offering by the carmaker in India. It has been priced from Rs 1.06 crore for the base S trim and goes up to Rs 1.12 crore for the top-spec HSE trim (ex-showroom, India). The Jaguar I-Pace is available in three trim levels in India - S, SE, and HSE. The I-Pace comes with two electric motors that produce a combined 400hp and 696Nm of torque. Jaguar claims the 2.2-tonne electric SUV can do the 0-100kph sprint in 4.8sec, and go on to hit a top speed of 200kph. Jaguar has equipped the all-electric I-Pace with a 90kWh battery. This is capable of providing a 470km WLTP-rated range on a single charge. The ARAI-certified range has not yet been announced. With an 11kW home charger, the I-Pace's battery takes 12.9 hours to charge to fu...
530-HP BMW i4 electric sedan revealed. Sprints 0-100 in 4 secs
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530-HP BMW i4 electric sedan revealed. Sprints 0-100 in 4 secs

The German automaker unveiled the production version of the 2022 i4 electric sedan. While much of the market is focusing on electric SUVs, it's refreshing that BMW is bringing essentially an electric 4-series to the EV world. It will go on sale in the international market later this year. The BMW i4 will be offered in multiple variants with different powertrain configurations and battery sizes. As far as range in concerned, BMW is promising a driving range of up to 590km in a single charge as per the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) cycle. The German carmaker has not yet revealed the exact specifications of each variant, but we do know that the powertrain can develop up to 530hp of power. These figures put it in the same league as that of BMW’s 4.4-litre ...
Kia EV6 crossover SUV previews brand’s new design philosophy
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Kia EV6 crossover SUV previews brand’s new design philosophy

Kia has given a first real look at its new EV6 electric car. The EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated EV and sits on the new E-GMP platform that’s shared with the decidedly more retro Hyundai Ioniq 5. Although the EV6 is not the first battery-electric vehicle from the Korean automaker, it is the first model to strictly rely on electricity for power. Other Kia electrics, such as the Soul EV and Niro EV, are also available with gasoline- or gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains. The EV6 has a sporty crossover-inspired design and is the first vehicle to make use of a new design philosophy from Kia that the company calls “Opposites United,” which is comprised of no less than five pillars: “Bold for Nature,” “Joy for Reason,” “Power to Progress,” “Technology for Life,” and “Tension for Serenit...
Piaggio launches Ape Electrik FX e-rickshaw and e-Xtra FX cargo
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Piaggio launches Ape Electrik FX e-rickshaw and e-Xtra FX cargo

Piaggio has launched the Ape Electrik FX range of electric 3-wheelers for cargo and passenger segments in India. The e-City FX is priced at Rs. 2.84 lakh, while the e-Xtra FX costs Rs. 3.12 lakh (ex-showroom, India excluding Kerala). The e-City FX comes with a 48-volt, 7.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an electric motor that has an output of 7.3 BHP and 29 Nm. The battery offers a maximum range of 110 km on a single charge. The e-rickshaw can reach a top speed of 45 km/h. The e-Xtra FX comes with an 8 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an electric motor that has an output of 12.8 BHP and 45 Nm. The cargo version has a maximum range of 90 km on a single charge and it has a similar top speed as the e-City. The e-Xtra FX comes with a 6 ft. loading bed with a payload capacity ...
Kabira Mobility launches KM3000, KM4000 electric bikes in India
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Kabira Mobility launches KM3000, KM4000 electric bikes in India

Kabira Mobility, a Goa-based start-up, has announced the launch of two new high-speed electric bikes, the KM3000 and KM4000. The KM3000 has peak power of 6 kW (around 8 bhp) and is priced at ₹ 1,26,990 (Ex-showroom), while the KM4000 has peak power of 8 kW (around 11 bhp) and is priced at ₹ 1,36,990 (Ex-showroom). The KM3000 has a top speed of 100 kmph, while the KM4000 has a top speed of 120 kmph. Deliveries for the bikes will begin from May 2021. Bookings for both bikes will begin from February 20, 2021, and the bikes will be initially available in 9 cities, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa and Dharwad. https://youtu.be/Uw2BEYeWq9Y The KM3000 has a claimed peak power of 6,000W and weighs 138kg. Weighing 147kg, the KM4000 is claimed to have a...
Kinetic Green launches Safar Jumbo electric 3-wheeler
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Kinetic Green launches Safar Jumbo electric 3-wheeler

Kinetic Green — a Pune based electric vehicle manufacturer, has introduced India's first one-ton electric cargo three-wheeler, called the Safar Jumbo. The new Kinetic Safar Jumbo electric cargo three-wheeler is priced at Rs 2.50 lakh, ex-showroom (Pune). With payload capacity of 500kg. the electric cargo three-wheeler comes with a specially designed cargo bay with close to 150 cubic feet of space. The Kinetic Safar Jumbo is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack which is capable of offering a maximum of 120km on a single charge. It takes anywhere between 3 to 4 hours for a complete charge. The company will also offer the Safar Jumbo with an optional fast-charger for Rs 20,000 which will bring down the charging time to under 2 hours. The vehicle will also be available on a ...
Mahindra Treo Zor electric cargo 3-wheeler launched
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Mahindra Treo Zor electric cargo 3-wheeler launched

A couple of years ago, Mahindra Electric launched its first electric three-wheeler called the Treo. Now, it’s come out with a cargo variant of that called the Treo Zor at Rs. 2.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) after FAME 2 and state subsidies. Compared to other cargo carrying three-wheelers, the Treo Zor boasts a longer wheelbase and larger wheels, too. In addition to that, it also has the best-in-class tray loading height of 675 mm and a maximum payload carrying capacity of 550 kg. You can opt for either a delivery van, pickup or flatbed variants of the Treo Zor. The 3-wheeler is powered by an 8 kW IP67 rated electric motor that generates 42 Nm and is mated to an automatic transmission. It comes with a lithium-ion battery that the company claims, offers a driving range of 125 k...
Harley-Davidson’s ebike – Serial 1 revealed with mid-mounted motor
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Harley-Davidson’s ebike – Serial 1 revealed with mid-mounted motor

Harley-Davidson has finally announced its new dedicated electric bicycle brand known as Serial 1 Cycle Company.  The stunning new electric bike that it says will go on sale in March 2021. For now, the company is showing off its first prototype model. The name Serial 1 is a reference to “Serial Number One,” the nickname for Harley-Davidson’s oldest known motorcycle built in 1903. The bike’s design, with its white tires, leather saddle and handgrips, and sleek black frame, are meant to harken back to that first prototype. Serial 1 is led by former Harley-Davidson employees, including Serial 1 president Jason Huntsman, who worked at Harley since 2013, including as the company's director of its internal eBicycle development effort. Serial 1 will have two headquarters. Engine...
Etrio launch electric 3-wheeler Touro Max and Mini
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Etrio launch electric 3-wheeler Touro Max and Mini

Etrio, India’s electric vehicle start-up, with an aim of electrifying intracity logistics has launched its new electric three-wheeler range of products under the brand name “Touro”. Catering to the cargo segment, the two new variants will be focused on intra-city logistics especially in last-mile delivery applications. The passenger variants of the three-wheelers will be rolled out soon. The company raised funding of $3 million, last month to facilitate these launches. The brand, Touro, is derived from the Portuguese word Toro which means ‘a bull’. The design philosophy, thus, emulates the attributes of a bull such as strong stability, unmatched power and immense load carrying capacity. Touro comes with bull inspired signature front grille The company has announced that...
GMC Hummer EV pick-up 1000hp debuts. Rival to the Tesla Cybertruck
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GMC Hummer EV pick-up 1000hp debuts. Rival to the Tesla Cybertruck

GMC recently unveiled the third generation Hummer and calls it a supertruck like no other. It took only a matter of 10 minutes for the first edition of GMC Hummer EV to be sold out in United States shortly after its launch. Hummer EV is powered by  three electric motors paired with an underfloor battery pack, the Hummer EV puts out a claimed 1000hp and 15,592Nm of torque. The SUV can accelerate from 0-96kph in 3 seconds. The batteries will be arranged in a 24-module double-stacked layout, and while GM has yet to reveal their storage capacity, it claims the Hummer EV will be able to travel more than 560km on a full charge. The 800V system can be charged at speeds of up to 350kW on a DC fast charger. The Hummer EV follows a boxy and upright design reminiscent of the origina...
Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV launched at INR. 99.30 lakh. Price applicable for first 50 customers only.
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Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV launched at INR. 99.30 lakh. Price applicable for first 50 customers only.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). With this, Mercedes-Benz has become the first automaker to introduce an all-electric luxury car in India. This price will be applicable for the first 50 customers only. Powered by two asynchronous motors, one on each axle, the EQC produces a combined output of 408hp and 765Nm of torque. It’ll do a WLTP-certified 400km on a single charge, with energy being stored in a floor-mounted 85kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Generated by pixel @ 2020-09-22T14:35:48.087522 Charging times vary depending on the electrical supply, with a full charge from a standard 15A (3.4kW) domestic socket taking 21 hours, or 10 hours with the 7.5kW wall-box charger provided by Mercedes. These chargi...
Ather Series 1 Collector’s Edition electric two-wheeler unveiled
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Ather Series 1 Collector’s Edition electric two-wheeler unveiled

The Bengaluru-based electric two-wheeler company, Ather Energy has finally revealed its Series 1 that was first announced with the 450X back in January. Special to the Series 1 is its unique colour scheme that the company says is glossy black colour that has golden metallic flake in it. It also has minimal red highlights, including a racing stripe, wheel decals and its exposed trellis frame finished in red. The 450X Series 1 comes with a 6 kW electric motor that is powered by a 2.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. It has four riding modes - Eco, Ride, Sport, and a high-performance 'Warp' mode. The e-scooter is claimed to accelerate from 0-40 km/h in 3.3 seconds The range has gone up as well; the scooter now has a claimed range of 70km (up from 65km) in Ride mode. The range in Eco mo...
Atum 1.0 cafe-racer styled e-bike launched. Offers 100km per charge
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Atum 1.0 cafe-racer styled e-bike launched. Offers 100km per charge

Hyderabad-based EV start-up Atumobile has launched the Atum 1.0 electric bike for a starting price of Rs 50,000. Powering it is a 48 V portable lithium-ion battery pack that offers 100 km range per charge (claimed) and it can be juiced up completely in 4 hours. A 250 W electric motor provides the propulsion to a maximum speed of 25 km/hr. The Atum 1.0 electric bike does not need a registration certificate and you don't require a driving license to ride it. Atumobile claims that the electric bike is perfect for kids, adults and elders for city commute. The new Atum 1.0 has been approved as a low-speed bike by the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), making it ready for commercial use. Some of the bike’s features include a digital display and LED headligh...
Carbogatto H7 – monocoque frame e-motorcycle
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Carbogatto H7 – monocoque frame e-motorcycle

Carbogatto H7 e-motorcycle gets its power from the MXUS electric Direct Drive motor which been integrated directly into the rear wheel. With a constant power of 3 kW and a peak of 6.5 kW, the motor pushes out 85 Nm of torque. The incredible advantage of this motor is that none of the parts wear away, all except the bearings. But even then, they only need to be changed after 93,000 miles (150,000 km). The motor also comes with four pre-selected modes for your riding; normal, dynamic, eco and safety. Safety mode has the feature of capping your speed at 15 mph (25 kph), even though the bike can normally do 0 to 28 miles per hour (45 kph) in 6.2 seconds. All electric motorcycle components finish in a curvy organic way. All efforts are made to remove unnecessary components an...