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Electric vehicles (EVs) in India should have good battery chemistry to ensure the best running efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To create a successful growth path for electric vehicles in India, a panel of experts has been formed to study and promote various battery chemistries.
ET Auto shares that the discussion on 'Chemistry to Power EVs in India' is aimed to create a framework promoting all sorts of battery technologies that are not only cost-effective, but also fitting to the country's requirements in the field of electric mobility.
"We should utilize the next two years to build a foundation for long term roadmap around the battery chemistry that takes into consideration our usage conditions, and affordability," shared Atul Arya, Head of Energy System Division at Panasonic India, during the discussion. He pointed out that battery safety should also be a priority.
Major Indian automotive brands and government authorities are really serious about ensuring a smooth shift from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to EVs. Through multiple charging facilities, government subsidies, easier loans, etc., the country is seeing an 'e-mobility push' like never before — check out how much India's electric mobility future has developed.
Akshay Singhal, Founder & CEO of the nano-technology company, Log 9 Materials stated that standardisation of just one battery technology is not an ideal approach. "I believe standardizing one battery chemistry and enforcing it across the country is a wrong approach. Different vehicle segments would require different chemistry and therefore, we need to start pushing coexistence of different battery chemistry," he shared.
Li-ion batteries will continue to dominate the country's growing electric mobility. Among the popular Li-based battery technology, LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) cells are the ideal choice for Indian driving and climatic conditions. However, the absence of a native lithium battery manufacturing facility in India is a challenge. For the same reason, alternate battery chemistry should be considered.
"Till the time we start local cell manufacturing, we should work on encouraging other battery chemistries to support the huge influx of electric vehicles that are ready to hit Indian roads in coming years," stated AA Deshpandey, Deputy Director of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
Thoughts On India's Electric Mobility Future
The Indian government and major automotive brands are working really hard to ensure an efficient e-mobility future in the country. With more supporting infrastructure and government norms being introduced to promote electric vehicles in India, battery technology seems to be another important factor worth considering.