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Isro's battery technology may soon power India's e-vehicle dream

In view of cost, these vehicles will justify deployment only as public buses, taxis, three-wheelers

Megha Manchanda  |  New Delhi 

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The central government’s ambitious project will take off soon as the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has approved commercial use of lithium-ion technology. The glitch is makers will be required to pay Rs 1 crore as a one-time technology transfer fee to

Commercialisation of Isro’s technology could save 10-15 per cent of the cost of e-vehicles. Some experts are of the view that the electric vehicle technology is still in the development stage and the cost is substantially higher. Besides, the ecosystem for e-vehicles is not yet ready. “are not in place, the cost of the itself is high. There are affordability and durability issues,” an expert said.
 
At present, the cost of buses used by state transport undertakings varies from Rs 18 lakh to Rs 45 lakh. like Volvos cost between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 1 crore.

A challenge is customer scepticism about the workability of Officials said it was important to weigh the economic consequences of the deployment of on a large scale. Concerns include the difference in the cost of an ordinary automobile and an The cost of an ordinary electric bus is approximately Rs 1.5 crore if procurement volumes are assured as against the Rs 20-50 lakh cost of diesel buses.
 
Another concern is the flammability of the In view of weather conditions, this is a technological challenge and cooling the will raise operational costs.
 
Electric vehicles, in view of their cost, will justify deployment only as public transport buses, taxis and three-wheelers. “Creating demand for e-vehicles is important. Get private in through some incentives,” the expert said. and BHEL have tied up to help develop low-cost lithium-ion batteries for
 
founder had in 2015 said the company might set up a factory in India to make lithium-ion batteries. “Given the high local demand, a factory in India would probably make sense in the long-term,” Musk had said. 
 
A factory will bring down prices and increase mass adoption, crucial for storage of generated through solar or wind power. Though the company also announced it would set up an electric car unit, not much has happened in this connection. 

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