Electric vehicle innovators strive to deliver products that reduce import dependency

As electric vehicle (EV) sales soar month over month, EV start-ups are increasingly focusing their research on reducing reliance on Chinese imports for key devices such as battery systems, cells and chips to make vehicles more affordable and sustainable.

Experts have noted that the current problems with battery fires, mileage not meeting desired levels and rising input costs are attributed to cheap and substandard sourcing of inputs from China. To help India become a global leader in the electric two-three-wheeler segment, start-up incubator, iCreate (International Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology), seeks to address these challenges through an initiative emblematic of the challenge of innovation.

Anupam Jalote, CEO of iCreate, said Activity area that the second edition of an EV innovation challenge, “EVangelise’22”, is being rolled out in partnership with Startup India and the CII – CoE for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-ups (CII-CIES) to find industry-centric solutions.

“The first edition of EVangelise was innovation-focused, while the second edition is industry-focused,” he said. Amid soaring month-to-month electric vehicle (EV) sales, EV startups are now increasingly focusing their research on how to reduce reliance on Chinese imports for key devices such as battery systems, cells and chips. to make vehicles more affordable and durable.

Experts have noted that the current problems with battery fires, mileage not meeting desired levels and rising input costs are attributed to cheap and substandard sourcing of inputs from China. Aiming to help India become a global leader in the electric two-three-wheeler segment, start-up incubator, iCreate (International Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology), seeks to address these challenges through to an emblematic initiative of the innovation challenge.

Anupam Jalote, CEO of iCreate, said Activity area that a second edition of an EV innovation challenge “EVangelise’22” is being rolled out in partnership with Startup India and the CII – CoE for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-ups (CII-CIES) to achieve industry-centric solutions.

“The first edition of EVangelise was innovation-focused, while the second edition is industry-focused,” he said. The challenge carries a cash prize of a total of ₹1.12 crore for winning startups to take their ideas further to market.

Stakeholders and startups participated in a round table with the experts.

Stakeholders and startups participated in a round table with the experts.

“The demand for electric vehicles is exploding, due to the very high viability of electric vehicles, in addition to the positive impact on the climate. Now the industry wants a substitute for imports from China. From the first edition, we realized that if the industry could pre-specify their issues, the EVangelise can provide answers to that and it can be pursued for commercial deployment,” he said.

The EVangelise’22 was announced by Jagdish Vishwakarma, Minister of State for Industries of Gujarat. He said: “Gujarat has the highest adoption rate of battery-powered 2-wheelers in the country, making it an ideal proposition for industries looking to invest in manufacturing electric vehicles in the state. “

iCreate’s focus remains on technical and design solutions for two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles, in particular battery management systems or battery thermal management systems (BTMS), cooling systems auxiliaries and technical support to develop applications for a robust charging infrastructure.

Stakeholders, innovators and startups participated in the interaction during the roundtable.

Stakeholders, innovators and startups participated in the interaction during the roundtable.

“As more and more electric vehicles start to hit the roads, people are realizing that there is a lack of charging stations. It’s not just charging stations or charging sockets that make the charging infrastructure. It’s also the apps, which let you know the availability of empty slots and the time to get there and the estimated time to charge there, etc.,” Jalote said, adding that the second edition EVangelise would focus on vehicular energy storage, infrastructure that includes physical and software equipment like apps, and vehicle powertrains such as motor train controls and motors.

Currently, one of the big challenges facing electric vehicle manufacturers is to become self-sufficient in key input areas.

“Controllers are needed for electric vehicle motors and battery management systems, so we’re telling startups to move away from expensive processors, components, and chips to generic processors. When you open the minds of innovators in this space, costs are collapsing and providing also facilitates,” he said, adding that iCreate will soon design its chips to be entirely made in India with a message of self-reliance. ongoing and this development is expected within the next six months. We launched the program,” he said.

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June 22, 2022

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