Energizing India Podcast focuses on electric vehicle mobility in India, the E-Mobility industry, and how rapid change can be brought about to grow this industry. In a series of conversations, Ravin MIRCHANDANI, Chairman of Ador Digatron speaks to major influencers of E-mobility in India including policymakers, regulators, CEOs of electric vehicle manufacturers & electricity distributors, industry leaders managing charge point operators & charging infrastructure companies to uncover the roadblocks that hamper rapid growth in this sector. These conversations are candid, often insightful, and unfiltered.
E 14 | Buses of the future - changing how India gets to work | JBM
Today we focus on mass public transport, the electric bus sector and speak with Nishant Arya Vice Chairman & MD, JBM Auto Ltd., the flagship company of the $2.2B Indian conglomerate JBM Group that recently under his stewardship enter the electric vehicle sector and is finding significant success. Nishant studied at Bradford University and then the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and worked with multinational corporations in both Europe and Japan before returning to lead the JBM group’s foray into the Electric Vehicle sector in India. Their investments now include not just manufacturing Electric buses, but also Lithium batteries, charging infrastructure, and ChargePoint operations. In effect, JBM will operate in all parts of the EV ecosystem in India. JBM has introduced the ECOLIFE Electric bus in both 9 and 12-meter length variants and these are already redefining the dynamics of public transports in many cities in India.
E13 | A World Beyond Lithium | Faradion
In this episode, we discuss our world beyond the need to rely on Lithium. After the invention of the wheel, innovations in transportation barely evolved over 4,000 years. The arrival of the Internal Combustion Engine (or ICE technology) changed all of that during the late 1800s and it was the lead-acid battery that enabled the growth of the ICE mobility era, powering the electric starter and the other onboard systems for over 90 years. A competitor to the lead-acid emerged when commercially viable lithium batteries were launched in the mid 1908s. The age of Lithium arrived, powering our phones, personal portable electronic gadgets and even underpinning the electric renaissance that we are witnessing today.
But there is a dark side to Lithium, the need to rape & pillage entire hillsides to power our mobility + communications using a finite source for an ever-hungry and growing human demand, is frankly not sustainable. If all of us on the planet move to electric mobility today there would just not be enough Lithium to power our hopes and prices would soar, resulting in all of us making choices to keep polluting and staying with ICE technology. Moreover, Lithium mining requires significant water resources and as of 2020, it takes 2 million litres of water to mine enough Lithium to power just 90 cars.
Hydrogen is often thought of as a panacea to this problem as an FCEV uses one-tenth amount of Lithium for mobility. But there may be an exciting new development that has popped its head up over the horizon. It's a battery technology that's been going rounds over few years and now seems to finally be landed on a firm footing and could help save the future of our hopes and aspirations for a cleaner planet that is not built on the premise of humans pillaging scarce natural resources. This surprising technology could be Sodium-ion batteries.
Faradion, a British company based in Sheffield in the United Kingdom is pioneering the next generation of advanced low-cost battery materials, implying sodium-ion technology which itself is extinguishable from leading other technologies for energy storage in terms of performance, but can be far cheaper than Lithium-ion batteries. We speak today with James Quinn, CEO of Faradion and a key global technology executive in this sector as well as an entrepreneur in both public and private companies.
E12 | Which comes first… the infrastructure or the EVs | Chargezone
Range anxiety is one of the primary causes of dissonance in the minds of potential buyers of Electric Vehicles and it always ends up with the same chicken and egg story. Which comes first? Electric Vehicles or long distances charging infrastructures.
Fast chargers are expensive and yet without the network, only the early adoptive adventure seekers will lean towards driving an Electric Vehicle. Charge-point operators or put more simply companies that invest in the infrastructure to provide EV users with the ability to charge at multiple locations will play a very important role globally not just in India in facilitating the penetration of EV’s to the point that they are ubiquitous in our lives.
The CPO space globally is made up of either the nimble or very fast-growing start-ups or the other end of the spectrum large investments made by power utility companies to ensure they can keep or sequester this sector directly for themselves.
In India, we are yet to see how this will play out and the market is experiencing so very exciting investments right now in all forty small start-ups already operating in the country as CPO’s, but will reliance create a jio wave in the sector or will Adani come to dominate it soon that’s what we need to find out.
Today we explore the CPO sector in India and speak to the CEO and managing director of one of India’s largest charges point operators TecSo Charge Zone.
E11 | Electrifying An Automotive Icon | MG Motors India
In this episode, we cover one of the automotive world's romantic icons which in its new avatar is also working to rapidly contribute to a greener future for India. Founded in 1924, MG had a rich history in racing and set numerous land speed records, pioneering its way through a bleeding-edge performance. After a roller coaster journey, today MG is cutting a path-breaking journey in India with the MG ZS- EV, arguably one of the best-looking EVs in India. We grabbed the opportunity to talk with Mr. Gaurav GUPTA, COO at MG India during an evening commute in Delhi in an MG EV. The conversation covers MG’s plans for electrification, focus areas for growth in India, the brand's aspirations in India, and also recreating the golden era of MG.
The Big Issue With E-Rickshaws! | Energizing India Stories
A few months ago we featured a conversation about the impact that Electric Rickshaws have had in Delhi & Gurgaon, that conversation was about what used to happened a few years ago with street-level handling of lead-acid batteries, the lack of safety of these 3 wheeled transit vehicles which were mostly imported from China and the impact on the grid from the power that was stolen to charge them.
It created a sort of response & comments online that normally are reserved for incendiary statements. People commented that we were being unfair to these Chinese imports as we were calling them unsafe and that we haven’t done our research on street level Battery Charing & handling of lead which had improved in the last few years in Delhi.
So we decided to check it out ourselves and unravel the drama behind Delhi’s E reaction to uncover the number and data that makes this sector tick.
E10 | The “HERO” Of EVs | Hero Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.
Today we speak to one of the crucial lynchpins of the entire EV movement in India.
As an entrepreneur, he is widely recognized for his role in shaping the Indian Electric scooter industry and also for his contributions to various forums in the Electric Vehicles sector both in India and globally.
He completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Huron University in London, and apprenticed with Land Rover in West Midlands, UK, before returning to India and becoming the first entrepreneur to introduce the electric vehilces to the country in 2001. His EV venture was already selling vehicles in 2007, before Tesla has even sold its first car commercially.
He has held various key positions in organizations such as the YPO or Young President’s Organization and EO, Entrepreneurs Organisation and was previously also Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s New Delhi State Council.
He is the Managing Director of Hero Electric. Naveen MUNJAL.
You sure don’t want to miss this one!
Brilliantly put together
Insightful , relevant and exhaustively covers views from all angles of the ecosystem - CPOs , Policy makers, EV manufacturers and users !
Looking forward the next episodes!
Helping Indian EV space to move forward!