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Amara Raja sets up lithium-ion cells technical hub at Tirupati

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:13 -- Vic
Amara Raja Tirupati

Lead battery firm Amara Raja Batteries has opened India’s first technology hub to develop lithium-ion cells, at its Tirupati facility in Andhra Pradesh. Most of India’s electric vehicle (EV) makers import cells from China.

The advanced lithium-ion technology research hub— the pilot project located at its headquarters in Tirupati— will become the country's first lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in the private sector over the next few years, Amara Raja Batteries CEO, Samudrala Vijayanand, told Press Trust of India.

Despite pushing lithium-ion cell development, Vijayanand feels lead-acid batteries will continue to grow for at least a few more decades and that lithium cells used in electric vehicles will take time to get commercial traction. 

Electric mobility will be led by two- and three-wheelers to begin with in India, primarily because of the higher cost of ownership for four-wheeler EVs, he said.

Vijayanand expects that by 2025, the penetration of two-and three-wheelers will touch 20-25% in the country. The numbers are skewed towards three-wheelers as they are commercially more viable and such a level of penetration can give the critical mass for EV adoption.

The second phase will see the EV industry and its attendant ecosystem maturing, with passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles going electric, and this should happen during 2025-30. "As I see it, private four-wheeler adoption should begin by 2025-27," said Vijayanand.

In January 2019, Amara Raja entered into a technology transfer agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

Under the technology transfer, ISRO will help these companies set up lithium-ion cell manufacturing units and train their staff.

Subsidies to boost development

Vijayanand also said EV development in general, and lithium-ion batteries in particular, should get a boost with government subsidies under the local production-linked incentive scheme announced last November.

The PLI scheme has earmarked Rs 18,000 crore ($2.5 billion) towards the advanced cell chemistry, which aims to bring at least 50GW of lithium-ion batteries to the market.

On the raw material availability to enable local manufacturing of lithium cells, Vijayanand said more than two-thirds of them are domestically available, only critical minerals have to be imported. For the supply of these minerals, the government is already in talks with Latin American countries and Australia.

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Lead battery maker Exide Industries increases stake in Leclanché JV

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has increased its stake in Nexcharge— the lithium-ion joint venture (JV) it formed with Leclanché in 2018.

Exide increased its shareholding in the JV by 2.28% to bring its total ownership share to 80.15%, the Indian firm said in a stock exchange filing on 23 November.

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Indian firm announces plans for 50,000t/pa graphite anode manufacturing plant

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton

Coal tar derivatives company Epsilon Carbon is planning to invest up to Rs 500 crore ($67 million) over the next five years to manufacture graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries in India.

Introducing itself to the battery material business, the Karnataka, India-based firm, plans to establish a 50,000 tonne per year anode material manufacturing capacity by 2025. 

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Indian state of Kerela set to build lithium-ion batteries

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:43 -- Paul Crompton

Titanium dioxide anatase miner Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) is set to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in India, according to reports.

TTP— a public-sector undertaking under the State government of Kerala— has developed lithium trinitrate, the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, reported India news outlet The Hindu

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Sodium-ion battery firm Faradion forges partnership to develop commercial vehicles in India

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion battery maker Faradion has announced plans to target India’s commercial vehicles market through a partnership with Infraprime Logistics Technologies.

The partnership to supply batteries for use in India’s IPLTech’s heavy goods vehicle fleet marks Faradion’s entry into the electric vehicle market.

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Indian firm latest to license silicon lead battery technology

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:54 -- Paul Crompton

Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has announced a partnership with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar lead-acid batteries.

The two companies have entered into a formal technology evaluation agreement, with Amara and Gridtential assembling and testing the US-based firm’s Silicon Joule bipolar reference batteries. 

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LG Chem halts plans for India lithium-ion battery factory

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:03 -- Paul Crompton

Korean battery giant LG Chem has halted its lithium-ion battery project in India as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the automotive market, according to reports.

The company was in talks with Renault, Mahindra & Mahindra and Hyundai for an Indian consortium for the project and regarding equity participation for the same, reported the country’s newspaper The Economic Times

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US firm opens Indian lithium battery factory to target domestic mobility and stationary markets

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Xnrgi has opened a high temperature lithium-ion battery factory in India capable of an annual output of 240MWh of battery storage for the e-mobility and stationary storage markets.  

The plant is producing the US firm’s XM5kWh battery for e-mobile and renewables and UPS applications.

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Firms in talks to field trial Al-air batteries in electric vehicles in India

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:18 -- Paul Crompton

Trials of aluminium-air batteries in electric vehicles could begin in India after Indian Oil, a minority stakeholder in battery developer Phinergy, began talks with a domestic vehicle OEM.

Depending on the outcome of the talks Israeli firm Phinergy’s technology could be tested in field trials by the unnamed electric vehicle maker.

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Japanese JV aims to close the circle with lithium-ion battery recycling plant in India

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive Electronics Power— a joint venture of Suzuki, Toshiba, and Denso — is planning to build a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in India to compliment the gigafactory it plans to develop in the country.

The company aims to build a recycling facility capable of recovering metals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese from used lithium-ion batteries.

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