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In India, 238,000+ registered electric vehicles were sold. They were mainly based on low speed two wheelers and electric three wheelers. There were estimated 59,000 unregistered three wheeler units sold.
Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities were the main hubs for sales in this market. The increasing market will mainly be driven by central and state subsidies. Upcoming battery plants, and increasing battery recycling will decrease battery pricing which will improve the battery pricing and develop the overall market in India.
EV sales in India declined by 19.42%in FY 2021 as compared to the previous FY 2020. A total of 2,38,120 electric vehicles were sold in India in the financial year 2021 as compared to 2,95,497 units in the financial year 2020.
The sales of electric two-wheelers in India dropped from 1,43,837 units in FY21 to 1,52,000 units in the last FY20,marking a decline of 5.37%. A total of 1,03,000 slow-speed e-scooter were sold in the last financial year along with 40,836 high-speed electric two-wheelers.
The electric three-wheeler segment also took a fall from 1,40,683 units in FY20 to 88,378 units in FY21 with 37.17% sales decline.However, the silver lining was the increase in electric four-wheeler sales; from 2,814 units in FY20 to 5,905 units in FY21, denoting a significant 109.84% growth.
The bulk of these sales came from the Tata Nexon Ev, which sold 3,805 units and accounted for 64% of total electric passenger vehicles. The MG ZS EV, with 1,499 units, was the second best selling electric car.
Besides the pandemic, there were some other factors that led to a decline in sales of electric vehicles in India. Only a handful of banks like SBI and Axis Bank can offer loans on electric vehicles, that too on selected models. With more banks providing finance options on EVs, the sales of EVs in India is sure to grow.
The early implementation of state-level policy in Delhi,Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh,etc. could assist in creating a larger ecosystem in the country that would help the industry to grow at a much faster pace.
Another reason for slow transition to EVs from internal combustion engine based vehicles is the sufficient charging infrastructure in India. With many corporations stepping up to develop electric charging infrastructure around 1,300 charging stations have been established in India. It is expected that by 2026,India should have a robust charging infrastructure in place.
FAME 2 incentivises Rs 150 per KwH for electric vehicles using Li ion batteries across the country. In 2021, the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for manufacturing advanced chemistry cell (ACC) batteries at Rs 18,100 crore was initiated. This is done to attract foreign investments to develop battery manufacturing in the country to 50 GWh yearly.
The investment of Rs 18,100 crore aims to gather an overall of Rs 45,000 crore of investments to develop battery manufacturing in the country, mainly Li ion for electric vehicles and consumer goods.
The amount will increase with higher specific energy density and cycles and improved local value addition as an incentive to improve battery technology. Each selected ACC battery storage manufacturer will have to commit to set-up an ACC manufacturing facility of at least 5 GWh capacity and ensure a minimum 60% domestic value addition at the project level within 5 years.
Currently more than 60% of the electric vehicles sold utilise Lead Acid battery. The main reason is that it is much cheaper than a Li ion battery. The batteries utilised have lower power density and don’t have the option of fast charging but is not of concern at the moment to the user due to the higher initial investment.
The dark horse in India’s battery race is gaining ground, but will it be enough to upset the bookies’ favourite
Ola Electric Mobility Pvt., a Bengaluru-based firm, will receive government funding to develop electric vehicle batteries with a total capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours.
The country’s largest corporation, Reliance Industries Ltd., will receive five gigawatt-hours of subsidies. New Delhi’s $2.4 billion in battery incentives will fund 40% of the entire capacity for the startup over the next five years. The goal is to cut the country’s gasoline import cost by $33 billion.
The goal is to keep India’s embryonic EV adoption as far away from Chinese technology and raw materials as possible, so that the country’s petroleum dependence does not spread into a new type of geopolitical conflict.
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, are working on mechanically rechargeable zinc-air batteries as a replacement for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles.
The researchers are partnering with large firms to produce zinc-air batteries, for which they have filed a patent application. They are less expensive than current lithium-ion batteries and have a longer shelf life.
In two-wheeler and three-wheeler electric vehicles, zinc-air batteries can be employed. Although lithium-ion batteries are widely utilised, they have a number of drawbacks, including limited availability.
Furthermore, lithium-ion batteries alone cannot meet the different needs of the Indian market. Because zinc is a readily available material, the research group concentrated on zinc-air batteries.
The concept is based on battery swapping, in which car owners can swap out used zinc cassettes of the battery for fully charged zinc cassettes at recharge stations. Putting the focus of their research front and centre, We’re also discovering flaws in existing technology and figuring out how to fix them as part of our research.
The research group has produced zinc-air cells and is working on building zinc-air packs for electric vehicles.
Separate zinc recharge stations, similar to gas stations, are being proposed by the researchers. When zinc-air batteries run out, EV owners can use these bunks to recharge their batteries.
In 2020, the EV battery market size in India was estimated at $XXB, growing at XX% CAGR till 2026.
The government of India has set a target of achieving 30% EV sales by 2030 across all modes. The automotive segment is expected to grow faster in the market during the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for electric vehicles and favorable government policies related to an EV. In July 2019, The Government of India announced income tax exemptions for prospective EV buyers and reduced goods and services tax (GST) on EVs from 12% to 5%
In December 2020, Tata Chemicals started work on its lithium-ion cell manufacturing project. The company, along with other manufacturers, was waiting for the government to come out with the PLI scheme since it was in the works for some time now.
In February 2021, Ather Energy started the operation of its new two-wheeled electric vehicle and Li-ion battery manufacturing facility located at Hosur increased the demand for Li-ion batteries during the forecast period.
Hence, the above factors, such as government support for EV adoption, domestic lithium-ion battery manufacturing, and the acquisition of lithium reserves, are expected to bolster the growth of EV battery market in India.
Charging stations have been allocated for states across the country with Rs. 10,000 Crore for a period of 3 years commencing from 1st April 2019 under the FAME scheme.
The FAME scheme aims to generate demand by way of supporting 7000 e-Buses, 5 lakh e-3 Wheelers, 55000 e-4 Wheeler Passenger Cars (including Strong Hybrid) and 10 lakh e-2 Wheelers.
In 2020, Hero electric, Okinawa, Ampere and Ather held the market for EV two wheeler sales. For Passenger cars, Tata, Mahindra, and MG were the largest players.
The average battery utilised in an electric scooter is 1-1.5 kWh with an expected range of 50-60 kms. The battery utilisation for electric three wheeler countries is also similar. For electric cars the average battery capacity is 30-35 kWh. Tata, Mahindra and MG were the main competitors in this segment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Indian EV battery market due to the disruption in the supply chain, as the country is largely dependent upon imports of raw materials such as lithium and cobalt.
The rising cases of coronavirus infections led to localized lockdowns due to which the suppliers were forced to halt their production, even the logistics operations were severely restricted.
The decline in lithium-ion battery prices along with the emergence of electric vehicle and energy storage systems (ESS), for both commercial and residential applications are expected to be the major drivers for the lithium-ion battery market in India.
Besides the pandemic, Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the EV battery market, owing to the increasing demand from countries such as India ,China, Japan and others.
The lithium-ion battery is going to dominate the market over the timeframe, due to its high energy density, fast recharging and high discharge power, owing to which is the only available technology that is capable of meeting OEM requirements for vehicle driving range and charging time.
Additionally, the decreasing cost of lithium-ion batteries has increased the demand for EVs in India since the battery cost occupies a large share of the total EV cost.
The rising concerns towards the negative impact of fuel-based vehicles on the environment are primarily augmenting the demand for electric batteries.
A significant growth in the automotive industry has led to the development of various customizable options of EV batteries to be installed in trucks, buses, excavators, etc.
Apart from this , the introduction of several government initiatives for promoting the adoption of electric vehicles to curb air pollution, numerous subsidies and financial aids across India has increased the demand for EV batteries.
The EV 30-30 Scenario targets to increase the market share for electric vehicles to 30% by 2030 and the supportive government policies to promote electric vehicles sales, is expected to increase the demand of the EV batteries over the timeframe. The declining costs of high capacity lithium-ion batteries along with the growing domestic production of EV batteries rather than depending upon the exports will continue to drive the growth of EV battery market in India.
With the acquisition of lithium reserves abroad by the nation’s Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (KABIL) in the next six months, domestic production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles is about to get underway. In addition to lithium, KABIL will locate, investigate, purchase, develop, and prepare cobalt for industrial application.
KABIL recently travelled to the South American nations that make up the Lithium Triangle (Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia), which have offered to satisfy India’s increased need for lithium as it seeks to build big lithium-ion battery facilities.
India now imports practically all of its needs for Li-ion batteries or cells. R&D continues to account for the majority of Li-ion battery research and development, particularly in the public sector. In the private sector, businesses generally construct battery packs using Li-ion cells that are imported from China.
Lithium, one of the key minerals needed to make these batteries, is scarce in India. A wide range of businesses have announced plans to establish Li-ion battery production facilities in India in order to take advantage of the market opportunity.
India now assembles lithium battery packs primarily, but it’s critical for the nation to support homegrown advanced battery manufacturing.
Amara Raja Group announced that they were going to participate in the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) batteries. They planned to set up a gigafactory for manufacturing ACC batteries at an estimated outlay of INR 18,100 crore – August 2021
Ipower Batteries Pvt Ltd showcased their newly launched Smart Swappable Batteries in the EV Expo held in Delhi.The swappable batteries by Ipower are lightweight, modular, theft, tamper-proof and also interoperable across vehicle platforms.These batteries have built-in GPRS,SIM and computing power for live monitoring – August 2021
The development of a new Sodium-ion battery by CATL is expected to relieve pressure on lithium supplies, which are forecast to see shortages as early as 2022. They planned to build a supply chain by 2023 to produce sodium-ion batteries, which have lower energy density than lithium-ion models, but are fast charging and more resilient in cold temperatures – August 2021
Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd (RNESL), along with strategic investors Paulson Co.Inc, and Bill Gates will invest $144 million in Ambri Inc,an energy storage company based in the US. RNESL has announced to build a GigaFactory in Jamnagar for the storage of intermittent energy, as a part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex project – August 2021
In a big boost to the e-mobility momentum in India, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an order to exempt Battery Operated Vehicles (BOVs) from payment of fees for issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark – August 2021
Log 9 Materials, a startup has developed fast-charging batteries for electric vehicles which will extend the life of the power unit and adoption of EVs. With its new batteries, the charging time is down to 15 minutes and range for one charge is 60 km.These batteries will not only reduce charging time by 80% but also extend the life of the power unit to 10 years – July 2021
HOP Electric had launched an integrated network of charging-cum-swapping to bolster the EV ecosystem in the domestic market.This facility is fully automated and capable of churning out over 150 fully charged batteries daily equipped with NFC (Near-Field Communication) and a 15-inch HMI touch screen for easy self-use and operations – July 2021
A battery technology start-up called Indi Energy claims that its domestically produced sodium-ion batteries are the solution to reducing the number of fire accidents involving electric vehicles (EVs) in the nation. They have created items to become the first firm in India to produce sodium-ion batteries because they have a vision for a sustainable future.
The fact that these batteries were made using agricultural waste, including rice straw and cow manure, makes this idea special. This aids in the development of low-cost, secure, and high-performance sodium-ion battery technology domestically. They have also established a hard carbon pilot facility on the grounds of IIT Roorkee to hasten this process.
Tata Chemicals reported a multi-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 342.33 crore for the first quarter of FY21, helped by a rebound in soda ash volumes in India and US.The company’s consolidated net profit stood at Rs74.15 crore during the corresponding quarter of 2020-21. Revenue from operations grew by 27% to Rs 2,977 crore from Rs 2,348 crore in FY20. Income from operations during the Q1 for the Basic Chemistry Products segment grew 30% to Rs 2,173 crore, while that from Speciality Products increased by 18% to Rs 797 crore.
Exide Industries posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 32 crore in the first quarter of FY21 as compared with a net loss of Rs 14 crore in the April-June period of FY20.Revenue from operations stood at Rs 3,543 crore during Q1 FY21 as against Rs 2,526 crore in Q1 FY20. As a result, the market share of the company has increased by 2.44% from the previous year.
Panasonic reported a total income of Rs 49.41 crore in the end of first quarter of FY21, down 21.83% from last quarter total income of Rs 63.21 crore and up 42.35% from last year same quarter total income of Rs 34.71 Crore. Company has reported net profit after tax of Rs 2.93 Crore in the latest quarter.
For Lead acid batteries in the Indian market, Amaron and Exide are the market leaders holding more than 70% of the market share combined. The technological maturity as well as the development of connections with OEMs, well developed supply chain and manufacturing establishments across the country
For Li ion batteries, the OEMs rely on Chinese manufacturers for battery cells as well as packs as a whole. Tata Autocomp signs a JV with Guoxuan Hi-Tech, to make battery packs for EVs in Pune, India. Toshiba, Denso, and Suzuki have set up a joint venture to develop Li ion batteries. Exide is collaborating with Leclanche SA for Li ion battery production. The joint venture will be called Nexcharge.
Epsilon Advanced Materials has set up a manufacturing plant for components of Li ion batteries with an investment of $807 Million. Ipower batteries based out of Haryana, currently supplies battery packs to 100 OEMs. Gravita India is a firm mainly recycling lead acid batteries who are now focusing on recycling Li ion batteries.
Amperex Technological is planning to set up a manufacturing unit in Haryana for Lithium Ion battery manufacturing. Tata chemicals is investing in battery components, Li ion cells as well as recycling of batteries in Gujarat with an initial investment of Rs 800 Cr.Li energy, Amara Raja, and Manikaran Power are other firms who have stepped into Li ion battery production in India
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