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Coimbatore based Ex-Tesla Employee launched new game-changing Electric Bikes in India.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9EeSCQ8GGQ

Day in day out we keep hearing about hybrids and electric vehicles. The government has also been passing laws that promote the usage of EVs and increase electric mobility. Though the phase will take quite a while for its concrete establishment in India, it won’t be too long of a wait now. And here we have a new start-up building a performance electric motorcycle that’s likely to be launched sometime during the festive season.

Coimbatore-based Srivaru Motors is floated by Mohanraj Ramasamy, but there’s a catch here. Mohanraj Ramasamy is an engineer who has worked with probably what can be called the most radical start-up in the history of electric automobiles – Tesla. Ramasamy resided in California and worked for Tesla for over 2 decades and now has a vision of launching his very own EV business, here in India.

The motorcycle developed by Ramasamy has been named Prana and is likely to compete with the conventional 300cc segment motorcycles when it comes to ownership costs. The maker claims that the bike will have ‘self-healing components’. We anticipate it has something to do with motor controllers, a battery management system that will correct minor issues.

Talking about the performance, Prana will be powered by an electric motor making 35 Nm of torque and the bike will weigh somewhere around 160 kgs. The 0-60 km/hr run is claimed to be under 4 seconds and the bike will have a top speed of more than 100 km/hr with an approximate mileage of 126 kms from the lithium-ion battery source.

Prana is a registered trademark now. It will have 4 riding modes in all 3 variants. Yes, you read it right, the motorcycle will have 3 variants – Class, Grand, and Elite. Top of the line, the Elite trim, will boast an impressive range of 250 kms, the mid-range model – Grand will have a range of 126 kms while the Class variant has been left open-ended. The company will take feedback from the customers regarding the range, cost, and performance. All of this will be done with its integrated platform for manufacturing and distribution.

The marketing strategy as of now is to produce 30,000 annual units at the Coimbatore based plant and later expand the production up to 2,00,000 units under 18 months of the launch. The plan is to expand its assembly line to Chennai and Mangalore to serve the Maharashtra market as well. With the 1st phase of expansion, the company plans to have 25 retail outlets in aforesaid areas.

The sticker price for Prana has not been revealed yet but the company plans to price the performance electric motorcycle such that it has the lowest total cost of ownership in the segment. The company has strategic investments by quite a few entrepreneurs. But that’s not it, Srivaru motors needs more capital for its expansion plan throughout the country.
 

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CK Motors, an arm of Tirupur-based ₹800-crore CK Group companies engaged in textiles business, has entered into a joint manufacturing and marketing agreement with PURE EV, an electric vehicle start-up incubated by IIT-Hyderabad.

As part of the pact, CK Motors is setting up a factory at an initial investment of 50 crore at Coimbatore to manufacture EVs with a capacity of 5,000 electric scooters per month.

The factory will be operational in a couple of months. In the second phase, the company aims to invest another 50 crore.

“We have developed the necessary eco-system with supplier base in Coimbatore for our electric vehicle manufacturing. We will initially have at least 50 per cent localisation and increase to 100 per cent soon. Our scooters will come with the patented lithium-ion battery technology,” C Guna Sekaran, Business Head, CK Motors Pvt Ltd, said here.

PURE EV is reported to have sold more than 2,000 units of its electric two-wheelers that include ePluto 7G, a high speed scooter at a starting price of ₹79,000 (on-road price will be about ₹91,000), ePluto (low speed scooter), priced at ₹71,999, among others.

In addition to manufacturing, CK Motors plans to set up at least 50 dealers in Tamil Nadu in the next few months and will expand to other States in the next phase.

Gopinath, Head – Sales & Marketing, CK Motors, said the company would also sell the PURE EV’s patented lithium batteries separately for home inverter/UPS, genset and solar power storage applications as it would provide better benefits when compared to lead-acid batteries.

He said the company is also working on introducing electric motorcycle, electric three and four-wheelers this year. CK Motors also showcased electric bicycles that offer a range of 50 km on a single charge and electric moped with 60 km range.
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கோவையில் மின் வாகன தொழிற்சாலை; மாதம் 4,000 வாகனங்கள்!' - சி.கே.மோட்டார்ஸின் புதிய திட்டம்^^^^^^



இரு சக்கர வாகனங்கள் மட்டுமின்றி மூன்று சக்கர மின்வாகனங்கள் மற்றும் நான்கு சக்கர மின் வாகனங்களும் தயாரிக்கவிருப்பதாக அவர் தெரிவித்தார்.

கோயம்புத்தூரைச் சேர்ந்த சி.கே.மோட்டார்ஸ் (C.K.Motors) நிறுவனம் தமிழகத்தில் மின் வாகனங்களின் உற்பத்தியைத் தொடங்கவிருக்கிறது. ஹைதராபாத்தைச் சேர்ந்த ப்யூர் இவி (Pure EV) நிறுவனத்துடன் இணைந்து மின் வாகனங்களைத் தயாரிக்கவிருப்பதாக அந்நிறுவனத்தின் வியாபாரத் தலைவர் குணசேகரன் தெரிவித்தார். கடந்த புதன்கிழமை சென்னையில் நடந்த பத்திரிகையாளர் சந்திப்பில் புதிய மின் வாகனங்களை அறிமுகப்படுத்தியது சி.கே. மோட்டார்ஸ் நிறுவனம்.

இ-சைக்கிள், இ-மொபெட் மற்றும் இ-ஸ்கூட்டர் என மூன்று பிரிவுகளில் ஐந்து வாகனங்களை அறிமுகப்படுத்தியது சி.கே.மோட்டார்ஸ் நிறுவனம். இ-ஸ்கூட்டர் அதிகபட்சமாக 60 கி.மீ வேகமும் ஒருமுறை சார்ஜ் செய்தால் எகோ மோஃடில் 120 கி.மீ தூரமும் பயணிக்கும் வகையில் வடிவமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதாகவும் தெரிவித்தார் குணசேகரன்.

இந்த மின் வாகனங்களில் லித்தியம் அயன் பேட்டரி பயன்படுத்தப்பட்டிருக்கிறது, அவை போர்டபிள் பேட்டரி என்பது சிறப்பு. சார்ஜிங்கைப் பொறுத்தவரை, முதல் ஒரு மணி நேரத்திலேயே 80 சதவிகிதம் வரை சார்ஜ் ஆகிவிடும். 20 சதவிகிதம் அடுத்த 2 மணி நேரத்தில் சார்ஜ் ஆகிவிடும். எனவே, அவசரமான நேரங்களில் மிகவும் சிரமம் இருக்காது எனத் தெரிவித்துள்ளது சி.கே.மோட்டார்ஸ் நிறுவனம். இதுதவிர லித்தியம் அயன் பேட்டரிகளையும் தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் விற்பனை செய்ய முடிவெடுத்துள்ளது அந்நிறுவனம்.

தமிழகத்தில் அடுத்த இரண்டு மாதங்களில் தயாரிப்பு தொடங்கப்படவுள்ளதாகத் தெரிவித்த அவர், முதற் கட்டமாக தமிழகத்தின் 50 நகரங்களில் டீலர்கள் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளனர். அதோடு இரு சக்கர வாகனங்கள் மட்டுமின்றி மூன்று சக்கர மின்வாகனங்கள் மற்றும் நான்கு சக்கர மின் வாகனங்களும் தயாரிக்கவிருக்கிறோம். 10 கோடி ரூபாய் முதலீட்டில் கோவையில் தொடங்கப்படவுள்ள புதிய தொழிற்சாலை மூலம் மாதம் 4,000 வாகனங்கள் உற்பத்தி செய்யப்படவுள்ளன" என்று அவர் தெரிவித்தார்.

https://www.vikatan.com/automobile/motor/ckmotors-to-open-a-new-plant-in-coimbatore-for-e-vehilcle-production
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https://www.thehindu.com/society/code-green-at-australian-open/article30692670.ece

Australian Open Tennis - Ball boys and girls at the ongoing tournament are wearing T-shirts from Tirupur, made from recycled PET bottles



What can 1,88,708 used PET bottles do to the environment? A lot of damage, actually. But thanks to Tennis Australia and Tirupur-based garments company NC John & Sons, they have been given new life as apparel for ball boys, girls, and courstside statisticians at the ongoing Australian Open tennis tournament. The company has tailored 25,000 garments for the tournament, all of them 100% recycled polyester.

Seated in his office at the Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) campus in Tirupur, Alexander Neroth, CEO of NC John & Sons, shows us T-shirts, leggings, shorts, zipper-jackets and tennis dresses that his company made as part of the order. In aqua blue, white, and green, the apparel is made of polyester filament yarn from recycled plastic bottles.

“We got the yarn imported from Taiwan,” explains the 46-year-old. “The fabric,” he adds, “Was knitted and dyed in Surat, and brought to Tirupur. Our team of around 100 tailors, most of them women, created the outfits based on the designs from Tennis Australia.”

For Alexander, whose company has been making sustainable apparel since 2007, this is business as usual. But he does add that he is happy that their work has put them in the spotlight.

“We got the order from Tennis Australia through one of our customers in Australia,” he explains, adding that his company has been chiefly exporting garments to the US and the UK. “The team visited us in November last year to ensure that the entire process was green.”

In fact, 40% of the power consumed by SIDCO in Tirupur is from wind and solar energy. Alexander, however, wishes that more industries in the textile and knit wear hub, located on the banks of the Noyyal river 52 kilometres from Coimbatore, come forward to tap into the market polyester has to offer.

This is also among the reasons why Alexander’s recycled garments have not entered the Indian market yet. But he hopes to sell in India soon. “People in our country are by nature concerned about the environment,” he feels, adding, “In a year or two, we plan to launch our own brand.” Polyester, however, is often not considered to be on a par with cotton — a lot of people prefer the latter for its natural properties.

Alexander is now getting a lot of enquiries for his sustainable apparel — his company also does clothes in organic cotton blends and recycled cotton. “We started making apparel with 100% recycled polyester a couple of years ago. Right now, 90% of what we do is sustainable. Soon, we hope to reach the 100% mark,” he explains.

Alexander just received an email from a leading cricketer’s brand. “Imagine if the Indian cricket team wore our T-shirts,” he says. “I will be much happier then: the entire nation will get to see them.”


https://www.vikatan.com/news/tamilnadu/tirupur-company-made-clothes-from-recycled-pet-bottles

Tiruppur company to export 25k Sports materials made from recycled plastics to Australian Open Tennis

பிளாஸ்டிக் என்னும் எமனை எப்படி ஒழிப்பது எனத் தெரியாமல் உலக நாடுகள் பலவும் கையைப் பிசைந்து நிற்கின்றன. தமிழ்நாட்டில்கூட பிளாஸ்டிக் பொருள்களுக்குத் தடை விதித்தும், முற்றிலுமாக அதை ஒழிக்க முடியவில்லை. திரும்பும் இடங்களிலெல்லாம் பிளாஸ்டிக் பாட்டில்கள், பிளாஸ்டிக் குப்பைகளே மலைபோல் குவிந்துகிடக்கின்றன. இப்படியான சூழலில், பயன்படுத்தப்பட்ட 1,88,708 கூல்டிரிங்ஸ் பெட் பாட்டில்களில் இருந்து, டி-ஷர்ட்ஸ், ஷார்ட்ஸ், ஸ்போர்ட்ஸ் ஜாக்கெட் போன்ற ஆடைகளைச் செய்து அசத்தியிருக்கிறது திருப்பூரைச் சேர்ந்த பனியன் நிறுவனம் ஒன்று. இந்த ஆடைகள் தான், சமீபத்தில் நடந்துமுடிந்த ஆஸ்திரேலிய ஓப்பன் டென்னிஸ் போட்டியை அலங்கரித்திருக்கின்றன.

நம் தலைமுறைக்கானது மட்டுமல்லாமல், எதிர்கால தலைமுறையினரின் வளத்தையும் நாம் சுரண்டி, மாசுபடுத்தி வருகிறோம். இதையெல்லாம் நாம்தானே சரிசெய்ய வேண்டும். இப்படியான முயற்சிகளை எடுக்கும்போது, இருக்கின்ற பிளாஸ்டிக் பொருள்களை மறு உருவாக்கம் செய்வதற்கான ஒரு வழி கிடைக்கும்.
திருப்பூர் சிட்கோ தொழில்பேட்டையில் இயங்கிவரும் ‘என்.சி ஜான் & சன்ஸ் (பி) லிமிடெட்’ என்ற நிறுவனம்தான் இப்படியோர் அசத்தலை நிகழ்த்தியிருக்கிறது. ஆனால், பிளாஸ்டிக் பயன்பாடு குறித்த விழிப்புணர்வை மக்களிடம் கொண்டுசேர்க்க வேண்டுமென இப்படியான முயற்சிக்கு புள்ளி வைத்து ஆரம்பித்தது என்னவோ ‘டென்னிஸ் ஆஸ்திரேலியா’ அமைப்புதான்.


இந்த அமைப்பு, ‘ஆஸ்திரேலியா ஓப்பன் டென்னிஸ்’ போட்டியில் பிளாஸ்டிக் மறுசுழற்சியால் செய்யப்பட்ட ஆடைகளை மட்டுமே பயன்படுத்த வேண்டுமென முடிவெடுத்தது. அப்படியான தேடுதலில்தான் என்.சி ஜான் & சன்ஸ் (பி) லிமிடெட் நிறுவனத்திற்கு இந்த வாய்ப்பு கிடைத்திருக்கிறது. கிட்டத்தட்ட 1,88,708 பாட்டில்களை மறுசுழற்சிசெய்து, அவற்றிலிருந்து பெறப்பட்ட நூல்களைக் கொண்டு டி-ஷர்ட், ஷார்ட்ஸ், டிராக் பேன்ட், ஸ்போர்ட்ஸ் ஜாக்கெட் என 25 ஆயிரம் ஆடைகளைத் தயாரித்திருக்கின்றன. ஒவ்வோர் ஆடையிலும் அதைத் தயாரிக்க எத்தனை பாட்டில்கள் செலவாயின என்பதைக் குறிப்பிட்டு ஆச்சர்யப்படுத்துகின்றனர்.


இதுகுறித்து என்.சி.ஜான் & சன்ஸ் (பி) லிமிடெட் நிறுவனத்தின் பொது மேலாளர் சத்யநாராயணனிடம் பேசினோம். “ஆஸ்திரேலியா ஓப்பன் டென்னிஸ் போட்டியில் பந்து எடுக்கும் சிறுவர் - சிறுமியர் மற்றும் பணியாளர்கள் அணிவதற்காக, பிளாஸ்டிக் மறுசுழற்சி செய்யப்பட்ட ஆடைகள் வேண்டுமென டென்னிஸ் ஆஸ்திரேலியா அமைப்பு எங்களிடம் கேட்டது. வழக்கமாக, பெட்ரோலியப் பொருள்களிலிருந்து உருவாகும் ‘வெர்ஜின் பாலியெஸ்டர்’ நூல்களில்தான் இப்படியான ஆடைகளைத் தயாரிப்போம். இது எளிதாகவும் கிடைக்கும். ஆனால், கூல்டிரிங்க்ஸ் பாட்டில் போன்றவற்றை மறுசுழற்சி செய்து, அவற்றிலிருந்து பாலியெஸ்டர் நூல் எடுப்பது இந்தியாவில் மிகவும் குறைவு.

இதற்காக, பிரத்யேகமாக கூல்டிரிங்க்ஸ் பெட் பாட்டில்களை மறுசுழற்சிசெய்து, அவற்றிலிருந்து உருவாக்கப்பட்ட பாலியெஸ்டர் நூலை, தைவான் நாட்டிலிருந்து இறக்குமதி செய்தோம். சூரத்தில் வைத்து அவற்றைத் துணியாக்கி, கலர் போட்டு திருப்பூர் கொண்டு வந்தோம். கிட்டத்தட்ட 6 மாத காலமாக இந்த தயாரிப்புப் பணி நடைபெற்று, ஆஸ்திரேலியாவுக்கு அனுப்பிவைக்கப்பட்டது” என்றார்.

தொடர்ந்து பேசியவர், “மறுசுழற்சி செய்யப்பட்ட பிளாஸ்டிக்குகளுக்கென தரச்சான்று கொடுக்க, உலக அளவில் அமைப்புகள் இருக்கின்றன. அப்படியிருக்க, மறுசுழற்சி செய்யப்பட்ட பிளாஸ்டிக்கில் இருந்து பாலியெஸ்டர் எடுத்துதான் ஆடைகள் செய்தோம் என பொய்யெல்லாம் சொல்ல முடியாது. கடந்த சில ஆண்டுகளாகவே இப்படி மறுசுழற்சி செய்யப்பட்ட பிளாஸ்டிக், மூங்கில் போன்றவற்றிலிருந்து பிரத்யேகமாக ஆடைகளைத் தயாரித்துவருகிறோம்.


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நம் தலைமுறைக்கானது மட்டுமல்லாமல், எதிர்கால தலைமுறையினரின் வளத்தையும் நாம் சுரண்டி, மாசுபடுத்திவருகிறோம். இதையெல்லாம் நாம் தானே சரிசெய்ய வேண்டும். இப்படியான முயற்சிகளை எடுக்கும் போது, இருக்கின்ற பிளாஸ்டிக் பொருள்களை மறு உருவாக்கம் செய்வதற்கான ஒரு வழி கிடைக்கும். வெர்ஜின் பாலியெஸ்டர்களைவிட, மறுசுழற்சியால் கிடைக்கப்பெற்ற இந்த பாலியெஸ்டர் நூல்களின் விலை 30 சதவிகிதம் கூடுதலாக இருக்கும். ஆனால், இவை லாபத்தில் பெரிய பாதிப்பை ஏற்படுத்தாது. பிளாஸ்டிக்கை ஒழிக்க நாங்கள் ஒரு சிறிய முயற்சி எடுத்திருக்கிறோம் என்பது மனதிற்கு நிறைவைத் தருகிறது. அதுமட்டுமல்லாமல், நம் திருப்பூரில் உருவான ஆடைகள் ஆஸ்திரேலியா ஓப்பன் டென்னிஸ் தொடரில் பயன்படுத்தப்பட்டிருப்பது கூடுதல் மகிழ்ச்சி” என்றார்.
 

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Auto component major Mahle Group to step up investments in [Coimbatore], India

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/auto-component-major-mahle-group-to-step-up-investments-in-india/printarticle/71886212.cms

MUMBAI: The Indian government’s push on localisation of electric and low-emission vehicles in India has seen the €12.6 billion auto component major Mahle Group committing to invest more in joint ventures (JVs), new products and plant expansion.

Mahle Group has raised its stake in former JV, Mahle Letrika Roots India, to 90% from 50%. This is part of the group's dual strategy of expanding its position as a systems provider for alternative drive concepts along with enhancing the powertrains.

Mahle will initially focus on development and production of AC/DC electric motors and control units through its unit Mahle Electric Drives India based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Production will start by April 2020.

Global CEO Jorg Stratmann told ET the harmonisation of Indian emission norms and a push on electrification offers the company a strong growth opportunity to increase its penetration in the Indian market, especially on the mechatronic business front.

Stratmann said the company believes in the future of Indian market though the current period is difficult and challenging, and the company had to adjust its capacities, but it is continuing to invest in future growth opportunities like the mechatronics.

“The biggest growth you will see is on the mechatronic front, electronic motors, controllers, drives in particular. We see good opportunity in the two- or three-wheelers markets. We have some business already today and we are going to localise this to drive business growth,” added Stratmann.

Having set up base in India almost six decades back, Mahle Group has all its businesses in India and generated about ?278 million in 2018, making up for just 2% of its overall global turnover of €12.7 billion.

The company expects the content per car to grow faster and boost its topline and bottomline with India’s push towards electrification and cleaner vehicles in the future, with premiumisation also gaining momentum.

“Our goal has been to grow faster than the market. We would want to continue to grow disproportionately in new areas of electrified powertrain, this is where our mechatronics unit is in,” he said.
 

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Coimbatore or Chennai may get TN government's EV Manufacturing Cluster.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/auto/auto-news/tamil-nadu-govt-looks-to-turbocharge-ev-manufacturing-plans/articleshow/71418848.cms?from=mdr

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Tamil Nadu Govt looks to turbocharge EV manufacturing plans

Tamil Nadu is working on feasibility studies across locations including Chennai, Coimbatore, Hosur and other southern cities with an aim to develop electric vehicle (EV) and component factory clusters, according to a top government official. The industrial corridors near Chennai and Coimbatore with established automotive component clusters have emerged as ideal locations to draw automakers amid a central push towards electric vehicles.

“Feasibility parameters such as power accessibility, water and other necessities are being looked at across locations, some of which are in advanced stages,” the senior official told ET.


A detailed project report is being prepared by the state’s industries promotion corporation.

The ultimate location of the EV park and related tenders are expected to be announced in February 2020.Last week, the state government announced deals worth nearly Rs 120 crore in the electric vehicle and component manufacture space. German group Mahle Electric and Japan's Nissei will set up manufacturing ventures in
Coimbatore and Chennai,Tamil Nadu respectively.


90’s when the southern state attracted car manufacturers from Hyundai to Ford and Nissan, state government officials said. “The research and development in EV, battery technology, charging and other areas is so fast and multifarious that one can never be sure when mass adoption kicks in. We need to be ready,” said a bureaucrat who worked on the state’s EV policy released recently.

The state is looking at a public private partnership model of infrastructure development. It also hopes to emulate the plug-and-manufacture type of factory development that has drawn contract phone makers and electronics manufacturers to Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

The Tamil Nadu government had also slashed sub-leasing charges to enable industries that have large and unutilised factory infrastructure to let it out without incurring much expenditure by way of payments to the government.

EV manufacturers are of the view that specialised parks are the ideal way to build an ecosystem for the nascent industry. “With the government’s decision to go electric by 2030, the industry needs to strategise and plan out a route map to deliver results on time. EV parks should help both manufacturers and suppliers,” said Ayush Lohia, CEO of EV maker Lohia Auto.

As of now, Hyundai has committed large investments at its India plant near Chennai to manufacture its all-electric Kona. The state’s electricity regulator is soon expected to fix a tariff for commercial EV charging service providers.

As a beginning, the Chennai Metro Rail has set up a charging point in one its stations in the city. State government officials expect a NitiAayog policy draft, anticipated to be out soon, to provide a boost to EV investments and draw more automakers looking to diversify toTamil Nadu Govt looks to turbocharge EV manufacturing plans
 

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https://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/this-coimbatore-based-company-is-crowdfunding-an-electric-bike-861149

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This Coimbatore-Based Company Is Crowdfunding an Electric Bike

https://speroelectric.in/

https://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/this-coimbatore-based-company-is-crowdfunding-an-electric-bike-861149



The Spero electric bike, made by Coimbatore based Milltex Engineers, promises to be a smart alternative for the urban commute, but it doesn't come cheap with the base model starting at Rs. 29,900 for the first 30 units, after which the price becomes Rs. 33,900 against an MRP of Rs. 55,000. The bike is being crowdfunded, with a target goal of Rs. 30 lakh, and 9 days to go.

The different Spero models go up to Rs. 84,900 (at retail). Despite the relatively high price there is clearly a fair amount of interest in the idea, as it's nearly raised its crowdfunding goal with 102 backers and over a week left.

So what exactly is the Spero, and why should you be interested? It's a smartbike concept that can be charged from a regular 5amp socket just like your smartphone, which you can then drive between 30km and 100km on a single charge, depending on the model you buy. And at the same time, it comes with pedals so you can just go to manual mode when the battery runs low.

"Working within the manufacturing has given me the knowledge and expertise with handling machinery and sourcing materials that work best with this e-bike," says the company's founder Manikandan. "All these things together has helped me to build a strong and reliable e-bike at affordable prices without having to compromise on quality."



The idea behind such a product is simple - a powered bicycle is small and lightweight so it's quite portable. For many of us, it's also all that's really required for the morning commute - and if enought people adopt the technology, it can have a significant impact on pollution, traffic congestion, and maybe even public health by promoting a healthier lifestyle.

That's the idea anyway. Given Indian conditions, it's not really clear how practical a bike like this is for most people, but for a growing section of urban corporate executives, it does make sense, and biking as a hobby is also growing in India, if the number of cyclists in expensive protective gear that you can see on the road are any indication.

And that appears to be the market that Milltex Engineering is also looking at with the Spero, whose crowdfunding page makes a point of highlighting the "cool, funky design", before going on to the technical specifications. Here's a video of the pitch:

The bike has a top speed of 25kmph, and reaches that in 10s; when the motor is running, it comes with 5-speed gears, and the whole thing is powered by a 48KV lithium-ion battery that comes with a two-year warranty. When your battery is low, you don't need to bring the whole bike into your home or office to top it up either - the battery is detachable, and Spero claims that it charges from 20 percent to 80 percent in six hours.

The electric motor can also be used for pedal assistance - that means that you're manually pedalling, but being helped along by the motor - this will save the battery but still not tire you out as much as regular pedalling would. There's also a regenerative mode that charges up the battery while you pedal, though details of how much of an effect this would have are not given.

At the same time, the bike also uses standard bicycle tyres, cables, and guards, so you can swap the different parts out, repair and replace anything without needing to contact the company.

The bike, which is manufactured in Coimbatore, uses mostly local components, though the tyres are Korean, and so is the battery, which comes from Samsung. The company claims that it will deliver the first 50 bikes within a month of the campaign ending, and the remainder over the next two months, at a capacity of 50 bikes per month.

If you want to back the bike, you have 10 days left. You can choose to back the Spero e30, Spero e60, or Spero e100, which have a range of 30km, 60km, and 100km respectively, for Rs. 29,900, Rs. 36,900, and Rs. 47,900. The e30 and e100 still have some early-bird bikes left, though once those are gone you'll have to pay Rs. 33,900 and Rs. 50,900 respectively.
 

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https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/tata-motors-along-with-jayem-auto-to-launch-electric-car-neo-117112300716_1.html

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The Tata Nano is soon to be launched in an electric avatar sporting a new label Neo. Some see this is as the first move towards phasing out the brand Nano, which has failed to excite the Indian car buyer nearly a decade after its launch.

As for the new avatar of the Nano, Tata Motors, its originator, has little role to play in it. Tata Motors will supply the body shells of the Nano and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives will add the powertrain and electric motor for the Neo. Sources said the first 400 Neos were being made for a leading taxi aggregator and would be handed over to the company shortly.

Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives had in March formed a 50:50 joint venture, JT Special Vehicles, for developing special performance vehicles. Jayem Automotives confirmed that it was going ahead with the launch of the Neo but refused to provide further details. Tata Motors did not wish to comment on the matter.

The 48-volt Neo will be assembled and marketed by Jayem Automotives and is designed to run 150 km with air-conditioning on a single full charge. “The Neo is powered by an electric drive system developed and supplied by Electra EV, a technology company that develops and produces electric drive systems. The first batch of cars will be supplied shortly,” said J Anand, managing director, Jayem Automotives.

Nano sales have continued to bother Tata Motors but the firm has so far not commented on phasing out the car. It has been a year since former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry in a letter to shareholders had alleged that the Nano had constantly lost money, peaking at Rs 1,000 crore. The company had responded to the bourses, saying development costs and investments in Nano-specific dies and tools had been written off significantly over several years.

graphTata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran was quoted recently saying that shutting down or giving the small car a life was not a billion-dollar question facing Tata Motors. He went on to add that the Nano contributed about 4 per cent of the losses Tata Motors passenger cars made on an annual basis.
Tata Motors sold 1,493 Nanos between April and October and the buzz around phasing out the conventional variant of the car was becoming louder once it became clear the company was unlikely to investing upgrading the Nano to meet BS-VI emission norms, which will become mandatory from April 2020.

Jayem Automotives has expertise in design, development, prototyping and production of performance variants of automobiles. Its associate motorsport company manufactures of one of the fastest Formula racing cars for MRF in Asia with Jayem Automotives’s assistance.

Anand, managing director of Jayem Automotives, is a former F3 champion and the backbone for all R&D initiatives at the company.

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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tata-motors-enters-into-a-5050-jv-with-jayem-automotives/articleshow/57938314.cms

MUMBAI: Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile company by revenue, has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives for development of special performance vehicles under a new entity JT Special Vehicles.

As part of the agreement, both Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives will work towards performance enhancement and appearance of a series vehicles to offer an exciting and innovative range of niche aspirational products for passenger car customers.

The JV may try to bring out an equivalent Tata car to compete against the likes of Polo GTTSI, Baleno RS and Fiat Abarth Punto in future

This is seen as yet another step from Tata Motors after TAMO RaceMo sports car to
reinforce the fun of driving factor in existing cars and build aspirations around the brand.

Till 18 months ago, the brand used to struggle to get into the considersation set of
prospective buyers, thanks to introduction of new products like Zest, Tiago, Hexa and
Tigor, the company’s net promoter score has become positive.

The association between J Anand and Tata Motors is not new, both J Anand and Narian
Karthikeyan, the former formula one driver had helped Tata Motors improve the
performance and ride and handling of Bolt and Zest vehicles.

Under the formalised venture now, JT Special Vehicles will develop a range of
performance vehicles in a phased manner at a dedicated line, currently being explored in
Coimbatore.

With all processes, including design, precision machining, assembly, and testing facilities,
driven under one roof, this facility will aim to deliver the next level of personalisation and
enhanced performance with agility and efficiency

Announcing the joint venture, Guenter Butschek, MD, Tata Motors, said that he is
delighted to partner with Jayem Automotives, a brand known for its capabilities in concept
creation and prototyping of special performance vehicles.



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Inspired by Tesla, Coimbatore-based Gugu Energy wants to make EVs mainstream with its two-wheelers

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Read more at: https://yourstory.com/2019/07/startup-bharat-coimbatore-gugu-energy-electric-vehicles-tesla


For a long time, electric vehicles were synonymous with Tesla. Elon Musk's automotive and energy company has been an inspiration to many aspiring young entrepreneurs, including 23-year-old Guhan RP. The mechanical engineer in 2017 set up Coimbatore-based EV tech startup Gugu Energy, which aims to accelerate India’s shift to sustainable energy. Guhan was introduced to the world of EVs when he saw a Tesla video online. “I was intrigued and felt that electric vehicles were inevitable in the future. That’s when we decided to build a Tesla-like car, and actually managed to build one within 12 months,” Guhan says. However, Guhan soon realised that building even a small component for the car took the team no less than two to four months. He was about to give up when a friend offered a suggestion: why not try and build a two-wheeler version of Tesla? And that led to the birth of Gugu Energy.

The EV tech startup designs and manufactures smart electric vehicles, specifically two-wheelers that are affordable for the Indian masses.

“We did a market study on two-wheelers and found that five out of 10 people in India own a basic two-wheeler. India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world with annual sales of more than 25 million units, which is more than 10x that of annual car sales. We felt it was the right time to launch an Indian electric two-wheeler brand,” Guhan says.





The founding team of this startup is an interesting mix of the young and the experienced: Guhan teamed up with Kannan A, a 55-year old industrialist and early-stage investor. Guhan met Kannan through LinkedIn while he was researching a few angel investors who would be willing to bet on the future of electric vehicles in India. “After interacting with him on LinkedIn, I realised that Kannan was from Coimbatore, too. He is an industrialist with over 25 years of experience in automotive engineering. He has a strong background in hardware prototyping,” Guhan says.

In 2017, when Guhan pitched the idea about the scope of EVs in India, Kannan joined him as a co-founder and even pumped in seed capital of $250,000. Soon after, Sundarson Paul, Founder and CEO of a Dubai-based private oil and gas corporation, invested $500,000 in the startup. In 2018, they also received $250,000 as additional financing. The total funding raised by the company was $700,000.

The Gugu Energy team at present comprises 14 full-time members, with a mix of IIT and IIM alumni. The team also includes a battery integration scientist from the US with 10-plus years of experience in the EV industry and battery cell system design. Some members of the management team previously held senior-level positions at Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).




The team is currently building the R-SUV, a cross between a scooter and a motorcycle. Guhan says the Gugu R-SUV is a new breed of motorcycle that offers the longest range per charge with fast-charging facility. From vehicle styling and USD forks to infotainment and battery pack technology, the R-SUV is designed at a studio at Pune and manufactured entirely at Gugu Energy’s R&D centre in Coimbatore. The affordable variant of R-SUV will have a range of up to 130 km. Guhan adds it requires less than 30 minutes for the battery to charge from 0-80 percent at Gugu’s exclusive fast-charging stations. The long-range variant will deliver up to 275-300 km on a single charge. It requires less than 45 minutes for the battery to charge from 0-80 percent. It has a top speed of 100kmph with single channel ABS as standard with acceleration of reaching 0-100 kmph under 6.5 seconds. The R-SUV allows for additional cargo space and offers 28-litre storage capacity with a glove compartment. It has USB charging for a smartphone in the front, and also has a touchscreen system that integrates media, navigation, communications, and vehicle data into an intuitive interface via 4G internet. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel. The touchscreen goes to a default UX mode after the bike hits more than 5 kmph speed to ensure the driver focuses on the road.

“In general, an EV has fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine (ICE). The Gugu servicing comes with two subscription payment options: half-yearly or yearly. This allows customers to avail free charging at our fast-charging stations, door-to-door vehicle servicing, and data usage of 4G connectivity on vehicles,” Guhan says.


Before a customer takes delivery of their vehicle , Gugu will install and provide charging stations in the customer’s locality for hassle-free, free-of-cost charging in homes/apartments.
 

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Mahle to make electric two and three-wheelers in India

German company Mahle has just announced its entry into the promising market for electric two and three-wheelers in India. To this end, the supplier has increased its stake in the former joint venture Mahle Letrika Roots India from 50 to 90 per cent.

What is now called Mahle Electric Drives India, is based in Coimbatore in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The company will initially concentrate on the development and production of electric traction motors and control units for electric two and three-wheelers. Production is already set to begin in April 2020.



The increase in the shareholding in Mahle Electric Drives India comes at a strategically favourable time: in summer 2019, the Indian government announced its plans for a comprehensive subsidy program to drive electric mobility forward in India. For Mahle, this opens up new opportunities for further sustainable growth a country whose population (1.339 billion) is only slightly lower than that of China (1.386 billion). Not only that, but India is the world’s biggest market for two and three-wheelers.

Mahle is developing vehicles that best suit mass markets worldwide: two and three-wheelers that use less energy (and battery materials) per trip than even a small car. Mahle has not given further details about which kind of two and three-wheelers it will be manufacturing. However, these kinds of vehicles have the potential to be less dependent on grids and charging infrastructure if battery-swapping systems are adopted, as rapidly growing newcomer Gogoro has found out.

Although not as famous to the general public as the carmaking giants such as Volkswagen or Daimler, you find Mahle products are in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from Mahle are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications, making the company less vulnerable to fluctuations in the personal car market.

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/05/mahle-to-manufacture-electric-two-and-three-wheelers-in-india/
 

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Hashiko to set up Rs 500 cr plant for e-vehicles in Coimbatore

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/hashiko-to-set-up-rs-500-cr-plant-for-e-vehicles-in-coimbatore-118112900839_1.html

<an year old news>

Electric vehicles makers Hashiko proposed to set up a Rs 500 crore plant here for manufacturing e-vehicles and lithium batteries, its Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Hashim said here Thursday.

The company had identified land for the unit which would become operational in another two years, he told reporters here after launching three new models of two-wheeler e-vehicles in the Tamil Nadu market.

The new models were priced at Rs 39,000, Rs 49,000 and Rs 59,000, he said.

Hashiko would soon expand its dealership and pre-paid battery servicing stations across the state, he said.

With demand for e-vehicles expected to grow in another three to four years, the company would enter all segments such as conversion of existing petrol two-wheelers to battery-operated and modifying e-bike to battery less bike (prepaid battery), he said.

Similarly, the company proposed to convert existing autorickshaws into e-autos besides launching unlimited kilo metres rental e-auto at the rate of Rs 400 a day, Hashim said.
 

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^^ Coimbatore accounts for Major Industrial EV and Electric Golf cart Manufacturing hub in the country.

Coimbatore holds majority of Electric two-wheeler companies. They are not just the budding companies, but most of them are well-established and giving tough competition to the established motorcycle companies. They sell Lakhs and Lakhs of units to the real world.

Coimbatore companies are pioneers in EV cars/bikes manufacturing without signing any technical partnership with the well-known EV companies. They built all the technology from scratch even before Mr. Elon Musk thought about it. Ampere Vehicles and Jeyam Automotives from Coimbatore are classic examples.

Its high time to form an EV association from this kongu region.

EV is definitely the future, so right marketing and a slight push from government at this early stage will definitely make Coimbatore an EV manufacturing hub of South India.

We dont wanted to miss one more 90's era of dot-com to Bangalore and Title Detroit to Chennai.
 

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https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/covid-19-sparks-demand-for-surgical-masks/article30976146.ece

Units in Coimbatore are looking at investing in machines and creating capacities




With COVID-19 spreading globally, the demand for disposable masks is up, resulting in a spike in prices of raw materials and the products.

Units that make these masks, including those in Coimbatore, are running to full capacity and many here are looking at investing in machines and creating capacities.

The common surgical masks come as two-ply or three-ply masks. While the price before January 14 ranged between 68 paise to ₹ 3 a piece, it is now ₹6 to ₹18 a piece. “This is purely based on the supply and demand,” says chairman of Indian Technical Textiles Association (ITTA) K.S. Sundararaman.

The disposable mask makers are spread across the country converting the non-woven fabric into masks. These are mostly in the cottage and MSME sector. Given the spike in demand, many are now trying to invest in machinery to make the masks. “I do not think it is prudent to invest as the demand may be a short-lived one,” he says.

The mask worn by healthcare professionals, who are handling COVID-19 affected people, is a special N95 mask that is manufactured by a couple of large-scale companies in the country.

The regular masks are usually worn by those who travel and the people living in the affected areas as a safety measure. The government had banned export of masks and recently lifted the ban partially. While the regular masks can be exported, the N95 ones cannot be exported, explain industry sources.

China has the capacity to produce nearly 119 million pieces a day (regular masks) while the capacity in India is for two million pieces a day. China’s demand exceeds its capacity, points out a source in the technical textiles sector. Several south east Asian countries and others that have more COVID-19 cases are buying the regular masks in large quantities from different sources, including those in India. Hence, there is a huge demand for these now.

“There are orders for even one crore pieces from some buyers,” says G. Thilagavathi, Head of the Department of the Textile Technology Department at PSG Institute of Technology. The Institute has a mask making facility at its incubation centre at the Centre of Excellence for Industrial Textiles. A mask has two different kinds of non-woven fabrics and loops to tie. The cost of spun bond fabric has seen 22 % hike in the last one-and-a-half months, the cost of meltblown fabric is up 30 % to 400 % and the even the cost of the nose wires increased more than 900 %, she says.

The demand is huge, especially for bulk orders though the cost of the masks itself is up. Many ask for exports, she adds. “Currently, there is no shortage in availability of the raw materials.

The prices are up because of the demand,” adds Anup Rakshit, Executive Director of ITTA.

The trend of high demand will, however, depend on the impact of the virus and how long it will continue, he says.

Speaking about the domestic demand for the masks, Mr. Sundararaman points out that several sectors, such as textile mills, usually provides the regular masks to its workers as a protection. Even these sectors are finding it difficult to get the masks, and if available, the prices are high.

“The quantity in the market is sold. The shortage will come in the non-woven fabric segment if the demand continues,” he adds.

The other technical textiles product that has demand potential because of COVID-19 is a special type of coverall.

The fabric for this is mostly imported now and may see a requirement increase if the number of those affected increases, the sources add.
 

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Gushing over leafy greens, thanks to this Coimbatore agri-startup


https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2020/mar/09/gushing-over-leafy-greens-thanks-to-this-coimbatore-agri-startup-2114132.html



The greens are harvested four hours before going on sale.

CHENNAI: With spinach’s infamous ambassador, Popeye the sailor man, off of our television screens, aiming to breathe new life into the leafy greens with the launch of their maiden store in Nolambur is KeeraiKadai.com.

A Coimbatore-based agri-tech start-up, it aims to be your one-stop destination for farm-fresh greens in the city.

Over 70 different types of spinach, named and labelled with health benefits, was on display.

The shelves were thronged by curious customers. Pirandai for spine strengthening, nattu vallarai for improving memory power, and paal perikki for pregnant women are some of the spinach varieties featured.

“There were over 5,000 native varieties of spinach just in Tamil Nadu,” says Sriram Prasad G, CEO and founder.

“Over the years, the number has dwindled, but we’ve been to able to rediscover over 120 varieties.”

Harvested just four hours before they are available for sale in the shop, the quality of the greens are superior and nutrient-loaded.

Partnering with various farmers in the neighbouring districts of Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram, KeeraiKadai is an immense help to the growers, cutting their operating costs while educating them on better agricultural techniques.

“As we integrate more farmers into our family, we will also be donating one per cent of the total sales from our new product, the Greeny DIP, towards the education of the children of the farmers,” says Sriram.

The newly launched Greeny DIP — in six different flavours, including moringa, aswagandha and vallarai — is a natural soup sachet rich in iron and calcium packed in a filter bag similar to a teabag.

We were served the moringa flavour, which has hints of pepper and other spices that form the undertone of the soup. Created keeping various health ailments in mind, it is safe for people of all ages to consume.

The Nolambur outlet also serves herbal soup varieties and evening snacks like keerai vadai, keerai kozhukattai, keerai smoothies and keerai paniyaram.

Not done just yet, the brand has big plans to open stores in 20 other locations around the city and add moringa noodles, spinach jams made with country jaggery and other healthy snacks to their line-up.

Visit the new KeeraiKadai store at No.144, LIG Nolambur 4th Main Road, Chennai.
 

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COIMBATORE: A Coimbatore based textile company claims to have developed an antiviral fabric to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The textile company has introduced an anti-virus treating technology, Viro block in collaboration with a Swiss company to develop the fabric. This technology is being used on the fabrics that kill or deactivate the virus within 3 minutes of contact with it.
Sundar Raman, MD of the company told ANI, "The material has been tested internationally on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The chemical is unique as it takes 3 minutes to deactivate the virus".
Using the technology, the product is being used to manufacture a range of N95 masks at an affordable price. N95 masks are claimed to have 10 wash cycles.
"When the COVID-19 crisis came about, we were among the earliest entrants for the manufacturing of PPE coveralls in the country, as we had pushed ourselves to develop the capability to both manufacture the material and the product using seam-sealing technology," Raman added.
 
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