Government of India to develop EV platforms in association with major OEMs

Autocar Professional reports that the government of India will invest nearly INR 1,600 cr in developing electric vehicle platforms. The research and development work of the new platforms will be shared by major OEMs who then would be involved in production of vehicles.

The project is a part of the government’s FAME (Faster Adaption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) which currently offers subsidies to electric and hybrid vehicles. The publication reports that first prototypes based on the new EV platforms would be showcased in the next 18 months.

Since the OEMs are deeply involved in the development process, they can use the platforms to build their own prototypes but the underlying components and technologies will be common. The project involves development in three vital categories – two wheelers, four-wheelers and commercial vehicles.

Tata Motors CNG-Electric Hybrid Bus
Participating OEMs can have their own version of EVs based on the jointly developed platforms. [Note: The image is used for representative purpose only.]
As of now, almost all electric two wheelers sold in India use Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese components which are too expensive for our market and are also not engineered specifically for India. Since one-fourth of vehicle sales in India is contributed by two wheelers, a in-house developed, cost-efficient EV platform would go a long way in making a difference.

Ambuj Sharma, additional secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, revealed that OEMs like Tata, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland and Eicher are on board for electric CV platform. Since public transport is being managed primarily by governments, a significant efficiency gain can be realized through electrification of commercial vehicles.

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