This week’s EV News Wrap includes Fisker and Foxconn deal, Bird Rides, OLA EV, Italy fines Google, Ford Lightning, Hyundai Transys and more
Fisker and Foxconn Sign Framework Agreements For Project Pear
Fisker has signed framework agreements with Foxconn supporting joint development and manufacturing related to Project ‘PEAR’ (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution), a program to develop a new breakthrough electric vehicle. Under the agreements, Fisker and Foxconn will jointly invest into Project PEAR, with each company taking proceeds from the successful delivery of the program.
Electric scooter startup Bird Rides announces to go public in $2.3 billion blank-check deal
Electric scooter startup Bird Rides said on Wednesday it would merge with blank-check company Switchback II Corp to go public in a deal valuing the electric scooter rental company at $2.3 billion.
Government set to release Indian Standards for low-cost AC charging point for electric vehicles soon
The government has said that Indian Standards for low-cost AC charging point for electric vehicles will be released within the next two months with target prices starting as low as Rs 3,500 for a charging unit.
Ola E V , a new category for riders in London launched
Ola has announced launching a new electric vehicle category named as OLA E V on its platform. This will allow riders to specifically book rides in fully electric vehicles. Ola E V, is a global first for Ola and will be available across London. The company plans to roll out to other cities around the world where Ola is operational over the time.
Italy fines Google for excluding Enel e-car app from Android Auto
Italy’s competition regulator has fined Google 102 million for excluding an e-mobility app developed by Enel from the U.S. tech giant’s Android system.
Ford to unveil F-150 Lightning on May 19
Ford is all set to unveil the next-gen F-150 electric avatar, named Lightning, on May 19 at its headquarters. The all new electric truck will be the first from Ford to carry the moniker. It is said to be the most innovative truck Ford have released yet.
Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) said the production linked incentive scheme for promoting battery storage will lead to the reduction of cost on purchase of electric vehicles thereby accelerating accessibility. Welcoming the government’s approval of the PLI scheme for promoting battery storage at an estimated outlay of Rs 18100 crore, SMEV also said it will attract huge investments in the electric vehicle industry in the next 1-2 years.
Government approves Rs 18100 cr Production linked incentive scheme for promoting advanced chemistry cell battery manufacturing
The government has approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for manufacturing advanced chemistry cell (ACC) battery at an estimated outlay of Rs 18,100 crore. With the objective to promote the Make in India initiative, the National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage is expected to attract foreign and domestic investment of Rs 45,000 crore, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
Tesla appoints Prashanth R Menon as Director for its India operations
Tesla has appointed Prashanth R. Menon as Director for its India operations. Menon has been with Tesla for four years now and has taken charge to oversee the company’s introduction in India.
Hyundai Transys to develop world’s first disconnector technology for electric vehicles
Hyundai Transys has that it developed the world’s first all-wheel drive disconnector system for electric vehicles and started mass production from last month. All-wheel drive disconnector system technology for electric vehicles is applied to the Hyundai Motor Group electric vehicle platform E-GMP, and was first installed on Ioniq 5.