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Old 15th July 2019, 12:11   #16
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Default Re: Tata Group to invest Rs. 4,000 Cr in a lithium-ion battery plant

I see related threads show up along with this thread. Not sure if there has been any advancement in the proposed plans as shown below. Atleast the govt should provide tax cuts for batteries used in the packs initially.

Who is Tata working with for the technology ? I think LG and panasonic are leaders.
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Great news! Hope Tata will launch commercial version of Tiago Electric car soon. With this plant hopefully they will be able to price it at reasonable rate which is the need of the moment. Currently 99% people run away once they hear the price of the electric car

Sometime back there was news about Suzuki having Hybrid technology ready for cars like Swift. It has the engine of around 650 cc and in addition it will have Li-ion battery. It was reported that car will return FE of around 48 with this Hybrid engine. Not sure what happened to that development, nothing heard in last 1-2 years. I think India needs such vehicles at the moment for next 5-7 years as we are still far away from fully electric cars due to cost and infrastructure issues. It will gives some breathing time to get infra ready which is very much required for electric cars.

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Looks like someone is betting big on EV future instead of just cribbing.

https://auto.economictimes.indiatime...plant/70185163
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Apologies for being slightly off-topic here, but as these Li-Ion battery powered EVs become more common, some of them are bound to crash into things and catch fire. These fires are extremely difficult to put out (one main reason being the thermal runaway of the Li-Ion cells) with conventional fire extinguishers or with the amount of water carried by most fire tenders. If the Indian market is going to be flooded by EVs in near future, this is something that our first responders need to be ready for.
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I have my doubts regarding Li ion batteries. It is a well established fact that all electrical equipment work to their maximum efficiency at a set 'operating temperature'. Indian being a tropical country, I wonder how efficiently the battery technology would work! We definitely need a breakthrough in battery technology or technology in general where in electrical equipment give their best performance at higher temperatures. Also considering the fact that the batteries are quite sensitive to vibrations and jerks, how well would they perform on Indian roads? And we Indians are known for a fact, use a product till cries for help. I wonder how the maintenance scene would be. We hold on to bulged phone batteries, wonder what it would be with those huge car batteries!
Hopefully there is a technological breakthrough soon.
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Very interesting talk by Tata Motors CEO & MD, Mr. Guenter Butschek at the Oxford EV summit.



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