Motorsports has always been a way for manufacturers to develop and test out new technologies, and these technologies have constantly impacted the cars on our roads. High-level motorsports – such as Formula One, and more recently Formula E – has always been a way of testing new technologies for road cars.
Mahindra is just one such example. Having been a manufacturer of electric vehicles for 18 years, according to team principal Dilbagh Gill, being a part of the racing series has helped jump-start their experience with more powerful vehicles and to plan for a new round of more upscale consumer EVs. The motorsport has further exposed Mahindra to carbon fibre and composites construction and applications.
Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series and has become a way for technology partners such as Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as manufacturers including Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and BMW to develop new solutions for electric road cars. James Barclay, team director at Panasonic Jaguar Racing explains: “ABB FIA Formula E has been central to Jaguar Land Rover’s move towards electrification…The Formula E programme will generate tangible R&D benefits, with the technology developed and lessons learned on the race track helping to accelerate the electrification of future Jaguar Land Rover road cars.”
Formula E is not only leading the development and adaptation of the technology we see in our road cars, but it’s starting to change perceptions of electric vehicles by showcasing that if electric racing cars look that cool, then consumer electric cars can be just as impressive. The sport is showing people that electric cars aren’t boring or slow.
The growth of the electric vehicle industry in India directly depends on the availability or shortage of charging stations in the country. As part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India programme, the government has approved a plan to establish 2,636 charging stations throughout the country to further encourage the use of EVs and produce high adoption by 2030 in India.
According to this report, of the 2,636 stations:
- Rapid charging stations = 1,633
- Maharashtra = 317
- Andhra Pradesh = 266
- Tamil Nadu = 256
- Uttar Pradesh = 207
- Rajasthan = 205
- Delhi and Chandigarh = around 70
It is expected that at least one charging station will be available in most of the selected cities in a grid of 4 km x 4 km. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), an energy service provider owned by the Indian government is all set to collaborate with engineering group Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to build electric-vehicle charging stations throughout India.
Various community charging stations and businesses are taking on the initiative of increasing the accessibility of these stations. Tata Power established the first set of Electric Vehicle charging stations in Mumbai and are now present in Delhi and Hyderabad.
PluginIndia wants to popularize the concept of community charging stations with the idea for businesses/resorts/vacation homes etc, that are at a distance of 40-70 km around cities, to setup normal 15 Amp charge points or Smart EVSE for electric cars and next-generation electric bikes. Having successfully set up 257 Community Charging Stations across India, they have developed a mobile app by the community for the community, complete with Google Maps integration.
RE:CHARGE INDIA App Features
- Find electric vehicle charge points near your location
- Browse electric vehicle charge points on a Map
- Search for charge points
- View electric vehicle charge points details
- Get driving directions from your location to an electric vehicle charge point
- Call phone number directly from the app
- Report an electric vehicle charge point
- Add a new electric vehicle charge point
Get the App:
Android – Recharge India – EV Charging points map
App Store – RE:CHARGE
All of these efforts have one goal – that easier access would encourage more use; and the faster that EVs become a trend, the better for the environment.
Being one of the largest markets in the world for the automotive industry, India proudly boasts some great cars and bikes made in the country.
Introduced in 2001, the Bajaj Pulsar was the bike that kicked off the sporty motorcycles trend amongst the youth back in the day. Its affordability and design made it the most powerful Indian motorcycle and was on the wishlist of every bike enthusiast. With a 180cc engine, the Pulsar was the fastest motorcycle in India at that time, creating a new segment called ‘Sports Biking’ in Indian motorcycling. The ever-evolving range comprises of eight stunning and powerful motorcycles that turn heads wherever it goes.
Launched in 2002, the Scorpio was the first in-house vehicle developed by Mahindra and India’s first SUV for urban India. It signalled the arrival of the urbane SUV with all the luxuries of a car and all the thrills of an SUV. Designed in India and the UK, engineered in Germany and Austria, with American interiors, seats made in Italy, panels in Sweden and a body in Korea. It went on to win the prestigious CAR/SUV OF THE YEAR award in 2003.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
Nothing sparks pride in an Indian than “the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production.” The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the best-selling Royal Enfield model in India and also the best-selling model for the brand. It also holds a place among the top 10 best-selling bikes in India. Although other models in the Royal Enfield lineup are just as popular, with its timeless old-school, post-war design and dependability makes this a machine you can count on.
The work of Pune-based startup Tork, the T6X is India’s first electric performance motorcycle to be developed and put into production by an Indian company. With several features like cloud connectivity, integrated GPS, and in-built navigation capabilities, it became the first smart motorcycle.