GreenFuel bags Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs 2018 Award in Automotive category

Homegrown auto component major, GreenFuel bags the Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs 2018 award in the automobile category. At a gala event held in New Delhi recently Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs Summit and Awards 2018, Akshay Kashyap, Founder and MD, received the award from Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan.

The Make in India Emerging Entrepreneur awards are an effort to recognise rising domestic players in manufacturing horizon of India. The winners were identified after a three month long intensive survey and were then shortlisted by an expert jury namely Uday Kotak, Aroon Purie, Manish Sabharwal, Hamitab Kant and Sanjay Nair.

Greenfuel specializes in product solutions for sustainable mobility. These solutions are based on their expertise in handling high pressure gaseous fuels, as well as ventures into exciting new areas of energy storage (batteries) and electromobility (battery-operated vehicles), all of which helped to bring the company out on top.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Kashyap said, “It is an honour to have our hardwork and passion recognized as a Make In India Emerging Entrepreneur. We want to use this opportunity to continue to grow and build upon our efforts. We believe that the future is green and sustainable technologies are a necessity to continue to better our country.”

Greenfuel is one of the largest suppliers of automotive components to OEMs for vehicles that run on alternative fuels. The firm’s innovative approach has helped shape the modernization of CNG systems for OEM vehicles. In fact, Greenuel is the first player to introduce NGV filling systems in cars as well as automatic cylinder valves, and the only entity to do complete fuel delivery and storage systems for low-floor busses in India. What is more, the company has also ventured into the exciting new areas of energy storage (batteries) and electromobility (battery-operated vehicles). In a short time, it has emerged as one of the knowledge leader in Li-ion batteries.

Accomplishments

Greenfuel also has notched up other accomplishments:

• The first company in India whose CNG systems have run 1 billion kms on road with zero warranty.

• The first company to do complete systems for Low Floor CNG buses.

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India Budget 2015: Increase in customs duty for CV disappointing, Scania

While the increase in customs duty for commercial vehicles is disappointing, overall the positives outweigh the negatives, says Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director, Scania India and Senior Vice President, Scania Group.

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“We at Scania feel overall, this is a balanced budget with emphasis on Manufacturing as part of Make in India along with appropriate importance to skilling India. We also like the Government’s commitment to make the development process as environment friendly as possible. While the increase in customs duty for commercial vehicles is disappointing , overall – the positives outweigh the negatives. The clear commitment to implement GST by April 1, 2016 which is a game changer, easing of norms to aid flow of technology, flow of capital, and focus on sustainable development along with a road map of clearly stated goals in terms of 1 Lakh KMs of roads, doubling the clean energy cess on use of coal and launch of a scheme for faster adoption are all measures in the right direction. However, we would have liked to have seen more clarity around the country’s bio-fuel agenda and sustainable solutions in the transport sector. Bio-ethanol promises carbon savings of about 70%. Overall, the broad contours are all positive and we look forward to partnering with India on this exciting journey”, Grundstromer added.

DSDS 2015: TERI President RK Pachouri presents Sustainable Development Leadership Award to Dr. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso

Dr. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, Ex-President of the European Commision received the 11th Sustainable Development Leadership Award, instituted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi this morning.

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Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General of TERI presented the award to Dr. Barroso, according to a statement released by TERI. The award recognises leaders across the world for their contributions in the field of sustainable development, and for encouraging global initiatives that can lead the world towards a sustainable future.

Instituted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 2005, the award was presented at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015 (DSDS) as TERI’s tribute to eminent individuals engaged in encouraging global initiatives that can lead the world towards a sustainable future.

Dr Barrosospear headed the first international legally binding agreement for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, when he launched the historic 2020 package on Climate and Energy. During his second term as President of the EC, DrBarroso introduced new and more ambitious targets, extending the binding commitments until 2030. His leadership and ideas have not only helped the European Union reduce carbon emissions, but boosted renewable energy and brought greater energy efficiency. His path-breaking efforts to tackle climate change enabled the tapping of new sources of growth and improving energy security on a global level.
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The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), since 2001, annually organizes the DSDS, an international platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development. Over the past 14 years, it has emerged as one of the foremost institutions on issues of global sustainability. The flagship event of TERI brings together various Heads of State and Government, thought leaders, policymakers, and the crème de la crème of industry and academia to deliberate on myriad issues. Till date, the Summit has hosted over 36 Heads of State, ministers from over 50 countries and delegates from across continents. The Summit has evolved as a significant congregation of leaders from the fields of polity, economy, academia and civil society to deliberate on issues related to sustainable development.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization deeply committed to every aspect of energy, environment, and sustainable development. From providing environment-friendly solutions to rural energy problems, to helping shape the development of the Indian oil and gas sector; from tackling global climate change issues across many continents to enhancing forest conservation efforts among local communities; from advancing solutions to growing urban transportation and air pollution problems to promoting energy efficiency in Indian industries, the emphasis has always been on finding innovative solutions to make the world a better place to live in. All activities at TERI move from formulating local and national–level strategies to suggesting global solutions tackling critical energy and environment related issues.

Headed by Dr RK Pachauri, also the chairperson of the Nobel Peace Prize winning climate change body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), TERI has emerged as an institution of excellence for its path-breaking research, and is a global brand widely respected by political leaders, policymakers, corporate entities as well as the civil society at large.

Nitin Gadkari inaugurates My Eco Energy biofuel station ‘Indizel’ in Pune

The Union Government has granted approval to private bio-diesel producers to market bio-fuel on their own, which is set to unleash a new energy revolution in India. My Eco Energy (MEE) is one bio-fuel firm, which has become part of this revolution by developing renewable diesel Indizel. A new bio-fuel station was opened at Khalapur in Pune, where Indizel would be available, according to a statement issued by MEE.

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From (L-R): Santosh Verma Director MEE; Ratesh Mantri; ​​Hrishikesh Kulkarni,​ Director MEE; Nitin Gadkari​, ​Balasaheb Patil and Prashant Thakur (MLA).​

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, while formally inaugurating the bio-fuel station said: “The Union government will encourage greater domestic production of bio-fuel, as it would not only help reducing crude oil import but also provide newer alternate income sources to the farmers and the youth. We import a huge amount of diesel, which impacts our foreign exchange. We should be make diesel within the country, which will help us reduce import burden by 10-15%. We will try to ensure that trucks and buses would use bio diesel.”

Stating that the bio-diesel station started by My Eco Energy was a good initiative, the Minister said that it would cost Rs 2-3 less then normal fuel. “Apart from reducing fuel import cost, bio-diesel is also eco-friendly and helps reduce pollution. We can make use of the domestic and industry sewage for growing plantations that can be used for producing bio-fuel”, Gadkari pointed out. He further hoped that bio-diesel production could help the country from being an oil importing country to exporting nation. Shrirang Barne (MP), Suresh Lad (MLA), and Ram Seth Thakur (Ex. MP) and Prashant Thakur (MLA), besides the directors of MEE Santosh Verma, Sachin Labde, Hrishikesh Kulkarni and Rakesh Rachwani were present.

Bio-fuel corridor

On the occasion, MEE also announced a bio-fuel corridor in Maharashtra. A bio-fuel corridor is a chain of bio-diesel equipped fuel stations located on every 50 kilometres on both sides of the highway. The targeted highways are NH-4 Pune- Satara- Kolhapur, NH-9 Pune- Sholapur and on the other end-Mumbai- Palghar-Gujarat, NH-17 Mumbai-Ratnagiri and NH-3- Mumbai- Nashik- Dhule.

Santosh Verma, Director, My Eco Energy speaks to Jayashankar Menon about the firm’s plans and other details. Excerpts:

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JM: What are MEE’s plans, going forward?

SV: Our plans are to expand the network of bio-diesel retailers and distributors across Maharashtra in the near future. We also have plan to open 500 fuel station across Maharashtra and about 2000-3000 smaller outlets so that fuel is available to all.

JM: How is MEE producing bio-diesel?

SV: We produce bio-diesel mostly from locally produced used edible oil and it is biodegradable and non-toxic. MEE’s existing capacity of sourcing of up to 25 lakh litres a day enables immediate implementation. Additional capacity can be built locally.

JM: What is the rationale behind this endeavour?

SV: The idea is to promote zero emission vehicles. This will play a significant role in reducing Maharashtra’s greenhouse gas emissions. It takes a long time to change the vehicle fleet to clean technology. Indizel can replace conventional fuel overnight if it is compatible with existing and future engines and infrastructure.

JM: In a nutshell, can you explain what is Indizel?

SV: Indizel is bio-diesel that is suitable for all diesel engines which can use existing tanks and pumps. It is seamlessly inter-changeable with petroleum diesel without any engine modifications and there are no limitations on blending unlike the other bio-fuels. It can be used to power various commercial diesel vehicular mediums like cars, buses, trucks, trains, bulldozers, ships and agricultural tractors along with other machinery like electricity generators, industrial boilers and furnaces.

JM: Why ‘Indizel’?

SV: Unique Retail Model: With a small space to spare and a minimum capital investment he can reap profits from retailing Indizel. Depending on the capital investment and the space, the retailer can choose the size of the tank he wishes to install along with a mounted pump.

JM: What are the economic Benefits?

SV: Firstly, there is no subsidy involved. Indizel does not take any subsidies from the Government, thus saving the taxpayer’s money. It can reduce dependency on fossil fuels, thus saving import bill. Secondly, we generate employment. Since bio-fuels are produced locally, bio-fuel manufacturing plants can employ hundreds or thousands of workers, creating new jobs in rural areas. Bio-fuel production will also increase the demand for suitable bio-fuel crops, providing economic stimulation to the agriculture industry.

JM: What are the environmental benefits?

SV: Indizel usage will help in a substantial reduction of carbon monoxide and particulate matter.

JM: What are the advantages of using Indizel in vehicles?

SV: Indizel yields a high level of combustion quality during compression ignition. Better combustion ensures better mileage, more power and more engine life. Seamlessly interchangeable with petroleum diesel and doesn’t require any engine modifications. Indizel is intended to be used as a replacement for petroleum diesel and can be blended with petroleum diesel fuel in any proportion.

JM: Can you shed more light on My Eco Energy?

SV: My Eco Energy specialises in the production, delivery and marketing of Bio-Fuel. My Eco Energy is using the expertise of Go Fuels LTD., the UK based company of the promoters, in strengthening the entire production process and consolidating the distribution network in the Indian Market. What is more, we are also targeting the EU market.

Two-day TERI International Conference kick-starts in Mumbai

The two-day conference on sustainable fuel for IC engines in emerging nations, organised by Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tata Motors today kick-started in Mumbai this morning. The event is first in a series of biennial conferences, which will focus on identifying alternative sustainable fuels that can help in controlling Greenhouse Gas (GHS) emissions, according to a statement issued by Tata Motors said.
Inaugurating the event, Dr RK Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said: “The growth in road transport in India and the massive proliferation of internal combustion engines in the emerging economies of the world requires all round analysis of choices for fuels to be used in the transport sector to ensure environmental protection and sustainability. Air pollution in the cities and highways of India requires a detailed assessment of the current situation and choices that India, as well as other emerging economies, has in setting directions for the future.  This conference will be a major step in defining the future of sustainable fuels and providing a basis for policies and strategies to support environmental quality, security of supply and sustainability in the transport sector.”

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Speaking at the event, Nitin Gadkari, Union Cabinet Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, said: “Pollution is a big problem for all Indian cities. Second, we are importing petroleum products, coal and gas and we are spending a lot in doing so. Our government is working closely on assessing the reach of biofuels and other sustainable fuels. The first bus using ethanol has been plying in Nagpur for the past three months, and it has been a success till now. We are also in the process of experimenting with biodiesel and bio-CNG. It is that time for the economy and country, when we should give the highest priority to alternative and sustainable fuels. In all this, we also want to promote our ‘Make in India’ campaign and utilize the home-grown technical knowhow to meet our demands.”

It is generally acknowledged that it is necessary to limit GHG equivalent levels to below 450 ppm to avoid global temperatures to rise above 20C. Higher levels will give rise to higher temperatures and potentially catastrophic consequences. To reverse this trend, it is anticipated that overall GHG levels will need to reduce by 80 per cent by 2050.

Shirish Garud, Associate Director, Energy Environment Technology Development, TERI, said: “Environmentally benign and locally available fuels are need of the hour if India has to maintain the pace of economic growth on sustainable development track. TERI has done path-breaking research on biofuels using pyrolysis and catalytic technology and renewable energy applications. The technologies are on the verge of commercialization. Considering India’s demand for fuels, we need to focus on multiple alternatives. Time has come to bring together the research fraternity, industry and policymakers to map out the current status.”

Dr Gopichand Katragadda, Group Chief Technology Officer, Tata Sons, said: “India is at an inflection point for all round development.  Significant growth is anticipated in the power, automotive, aerospace and locomotive sectors.  These areas are all energy intensive and it is anticipated India will add close to 250 GW during the next 10 years in power generation, and the demand for petrol and diesel is slated to double. The supply of traditional fuels will not keep up with the demand. It is imperative to look at environmentally conscious ways of meeting the demands of development and provide a context for this timely conference on sustainable fuels.”

Conventional transportation technologies usually involve the use of fossil fuels for vehicle propulsion. Rising fuel prices are generating awareness and interest in alternative transportation technology. Many automobile companies are now working towards developing more sustainable vehicles to combat fuel costs and minimize the harmful environmental effects of petroleum as a fuel source.

Dr Tim Leverton, President and Head, Advanced and Product Engineering, Tata Motors, said: “By 2040, India’s CO2 emissions are expected to be 60 per cent of that of the USA. We are delighted to be in the vanguard of the Sustainable Fuel movement that the country needs to embark upon. It is imperative for consumers across the globe to have a perspective on the climate-related risk. We have come together to focus on a practical roadmap for which policies and actions are required for a sustainable future. Tata Motors and TERI have taken a step in this direction to facilitate all stakeholders of the opportunity that currently exists. The grand challenge is to find fuel (or fuels) that can be produced sustainably, at economically viable costs, at the volumes required to replace hydrocarbon fuels that can be used in conventional IC Engines with minimal modification which could also meet or exceed emissions requirements.”

Researchers are working to explore new fuels and vehicle technologies. The general conclusion is that whilst improvements will continue, they will reach a lower limit of around above 80g CO2/km. A number of new technologies are available:

·         Hybrids, electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are being intensely researched, along with efficient technologies for gasoline and diesel vehicles.
·         Renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel can help offset the use of petroleum.
·         Other fossil fuels such as coal, shale oil, tar sands, and natural gas are other alternatives.

HIGHLIGHTS

·         Despite a steady escalation of climate change mitigation policies, annual GHG emissions have grown at double the rate from 2000–2010, as compared to the period between 1970 and 2000.
·         Between 2000 and 2010, the transport sector contributed a significant amount of 14 per cent to the total anthropogenic GHG emissions. In addition, the transport sector also accounted for 27 per cent of energy use, while the baseline CO2 emissions are projected to double by 2050 (IPCC Report, 2014).
·         The NDA government has plans to come out with policies to introduce clean fuels such as biodiesel, bioethanol and electricity for public transport vehicles and for school buses in big cities to combat air pollution.
·         Electric cars can save millions of lives from the harmful effects of air pollution, but only if they’re powered by renewable energy.
·         In the present scenario, if economically viable fuels could be identified that result in very less or zero net GHG, require minimal engine modifications, provide efficient storage and transport solutions, then this would be a valuable alternative mechanism for reducing GHG emissions.

The conference saw a range of luminaries such as Prof Surya Prakash, Professor and George A and Judith A Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry, University of Southern California; Prof Arthur Ragauskas, Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA; Prof Pål Börjesson, Professor, Lund University, Sweden, among others, who discussed different aspects of alternative fuels and challenges in the current scenario.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization deeply committed to every aspect of energy, environment, and sustainable development. From providing environment-friendly solutions to rural energy problems, to helping shape the development of the Indian oil and gas sector; from tackling global climate change issues across many continents to enhancing forest conservation efforts among local communities; from advancing solutions to growing urban transportation and air pollution problems to promoting energy efficiency in Indian industries, the emphasis has always been on finding innovative solutions to make the world a better place in which to live. Headed by Dr. R. K. Pachauri, also the chairperson of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning climate change body, IPCC, TERI has emerged as an institution of excellence for its ground-breaking research.

Mahindra Powerol Leaf DG leaf shaped diesel generator launched in Chennai

Mahindra Powerol, a part of the $ 16.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced the launch of its new diesel generator- Leaf DG in Chennai. According to a company statement, the leaf shaped compact design of this generator breaks away from the traditional box design and aims to make the product visually more appealing, thus attracting more consumers. As the name suggests, the Leaf Diesel generator set is shaped like a leaf, the first of its kind in the industry and is available in the range of 7.5 kVA, 10 kVA and 15 kVA. The product makes an entry into the Chennai market to bridge the peak power deficit of 11.7 percent in Tamil Nadu.
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Speaking on the launch, Ashok Sharma, Chief Executive, AFS Strategy, Agri and Allied Businesses, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Mahindra Powerol generators are known for their quality, superior performance, and customer centricity. With the launch of this model, we are setting a new benchmark in these areas.  We are transforming the diesel generator from a machine into a thing of beauty. The new generator, in addition to easier use and better performance, is in line with the taste and expectations of today’s smart and evolving customer”.
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Palaniappan, ‎Senior Vice President, and Business Head Mahindra Powerol, Mahindra & Mahindra said: “Our internal study revealed that due to poor aesthetics, customers generally placed the diesel generators at the back of their buildings or in the backyard. Hence, considering these factors we decided to come up with a new design which would encourage customers to proudly showcase their diesel generator in front of their homes, buildings and outlets. The elementary designs emerged from the contest which we had organised at the prestigious N, Ahmedabad. The winning design was then further enhanced by our in-house team before it was sent for volume production”.

The new compact leaf diesel generator has the following unique features:

•    Change from Box type shape design to new leaf shaped enclosure (now patented)
•    Graphics on the enclosure body to improve aesthetics.
•    Glossy finish powder coating
•    Leaf shaped suction louvres
Mahindra Powerol’s new leaf diesel generator proves to be an innovative design in the power back up industry and the company hopes it will lead to new markets. Apart from the design improvement, the Leaf DG is manufactured with a reduction in the total footprint (up to 0.4M³) and a reduction in the noise levels up to 2.5dBA. For further details visit mahindrapowerol.com

NEMMP plans to augment EV demand to 5-7 million by 2020 triggering demand for Li-ion batteries in India

The Indian automotive market witnessed tremendous growth during 2009-12 due to various government initiatives and growing easy loan facilities in the country. The major government measures such as National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP), Focus Market Scheme (FMS) and Automotive Mission Plan 2006-16 are further expected to support the sales of passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the country, contributing to the growing demand for automotive batteries. Also, National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, 2020 (NEMMP) targets to augment the demand for electric vehicles to around 5 to 7 million by 2020, which is anticipated to significantly boost the demand for Li-ion automotive batteries market in India, says PRNewswire statement.
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Citing a study titled: ‘India Automotive Battery Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2018’, the statement said that the Indian automotive battery market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 13 percent during 2013-18, in value terms. The key reason can be attributed to the recent launches of Medium Utility Vehicles (MUV) and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) such as Renault Duster, Mahindra XUV 5oo, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Ford EcoSport, Nissan Evalia and more.
Demand in North India
As a result, the utility vehicles battery market segment is likely to witness the fastest growth in automobile battery market, followed by two wheeler batteries and light commercial vehicle battery market segments, over the next five years. The demand for automotive battery has largely emerged from northern region of India due to increasing automobile sales in various states such as Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan, along with the presence of large automobile manufacturers like Honda Cars India and Tata Motors, noted the statement.
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The ‘India Automotive Battery Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2018’ study further elaborates following aspects related to automobile batteries market expansion in India:
• India Automotive Battery Market Size, Share & Forecast• Segmental Analysis – Batteries in Passenger Cars, Utility Vehicles, Two Wheelers, Three Wheelers, Light Commercial Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles and Tractors• Policy & Regulatory Environment• Changing Market Trends & Emerging Opportunities• Competitive Landscape & Strategic Recommendations
Methodology
The information contained in this study is based upon both primary and secondary sources. Primary research included interviews with automotive battery manufacturers, distributors and industry experts. Secondary research included an exhaustive search of relevant publications like company annual reports, financial reports, and proprietary databases.
Key players
1. Exide Industries Ltd 2. Amara Raja Automotive Batteries Ltd 3. Su-Kam Power System Limited 4. Bosch Limited 5. Luminous Power Technologies (P) Limited 6. HBL Power Systems Ltd 7. Okaya Power Ltd 8. Base Corporation Limited and 9. Southern Batteries Pvt Ltd.

Toyota sells six million hybrid cars globally as of December 31, 2013

Toyota Motor Corporation announces that cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the six million unit mark as of December 31, 2013 reaching 6.072 million units, according to a company statement. The latest million-unit milestone was achieved in the fastest time yet for Toyota, taking just nine months.
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Based on its belief that environment-friendly vehicles can only truly have a positive impact if they are widely used, Toyota has endeavoured to encourage the mass-market adoption of hybrid vehicles.
As of this month, Toyota sells 24 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world. Furthermore, within the next two years, Toyota will launch a total of 15 new hybrid vehicles worldwide. Toyota will continue augmenting its product lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions where it sells hybrid vehicles.
Toyota calculates that as of December 31, 2013 Toyota hybrid vehicles2 have resulted in approximately 41 million fewer tones of CO2 emissions—believed to be a cause of global warming—than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. Toyota also estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 15 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.
In August 1997 in Japan, Toyota launched the “Coaster Hybrid EV” and launched the “Prius”—the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle—in December.  Since then, Toyota hybrid vehicles have received tremendous support from consumers around the world.
Toyota has positioned hybrid technologies that enable the use of different fuel combinations, including the component technologies necessary for development of various environment-friendly cars, as core environmental technologies for the twenty-first century. Toyota therefore plans to continue working to raise performance, reduce costs, and expand its product lineup—including that of non-hybrid environment-friendly vehicles—to create vehicles that are popular with consumers.
Including plug-in hybrid vehicles; Toyota data
Excluding the Coaster Hybrid EV and Quick Delivery 200
Number of registered vehicles × distance traveled × fuel efficiency (actual fuel efficiency in each country) × CO2 conversion factor.

TMC Hybrid Vehicle Chronology

Year Month Milestone
1997 Mar. Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled
Aug. Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)
Oct. Prius unveiled (launched in December)
2000 Nov. Cumulative global Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles
2001 Jun. Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Aug. Crown Royal series with Mild Hybrid System launched (Japan only)
2002 Mar. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark
Aug. Cumulative global Prius sales top 100,000 vehicles
Oct. Crown Sedan with Mild Hybrid System launched (Japan only)
2003 Apr. Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) unveiled
Jul. Alphard Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Sep. Completely redesigned second-generation Prius launched
Dyna Hybrid and Toyoace Hybrid unveiled (launched in November; Japan only)
2005 Mar. Harrier Hybrid (Lexus RX 400h) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched
Oct. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark
Dec. Second-generation Prius production commenced at SFTM’s Changchun plant in China
2006 Mar. Lexus GS 450h launched
Apr. Cumulative global Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles
May Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jun. Completely redesigned Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Oct. Camry Hybrid production commenced at Kentucky Plant in the U.S.; Quick Delivery 200 launched (Japan only)
2007 May Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 1 million mark; Lexus LS 600h/LS 600hL launched
2008 Feb. Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in May; Japan only)
Apr. Cumulative global Prius sales top 1 million vehicles
2009 Jan. Lexus RX 450h unveiled (launched in April)
May Completely redesigned third-generation Prius launched
Jul. Camry Hybrid production commenced at TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand; HS 250h launched
Aug. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 2 million mark
Oct. Sai unveiled (launched in December, Japan only)
Dec. Camry Hybrid production commenced at TMCA’s Altona Plant, Australia
2010 Apr. Camry Hybrid production commenced at GTMC’s plant in China
Jun. Auris Hybrid production commenced at TMUK’s Burnaston Plant, UK; Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jul. Cumulative sales in Japan of hybrids top 1 million vehicles
Sep. Cumulative global Prius sales top 2 million vehicles
Nov. Third-generation Prius production commenced at TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand
2011 Jan. Annual Prius sales in Japan of new vehicles in 2010 were 315,669 vehicles, the largest amount of annual sales ever recorded; Lexus CT 200h launched
Feb. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 3 million mark
May Prius α launched
Aug. Prius sales in Japan top 1 million mark
Sep. Completely redesigned Camry Hybrid launched in Japan; Alphard Hybrid and Vellfire Hybrid unveiled (launched in November, Japan only)
Oct. TMEC of China conducts cornerstone laying ceremony and announces plan to produce and sell vehicles with hybrid systems produced in China jointly with China FAW Group and GTMC around 2015
Nov. Prius PHV unveiled (launched in January 2012 in Japan, in March 2012 in the U.S., in the summer of 2012 in Europe)
Dec. Production of third-generation Prius commenced at SFTM’s Changchun Plant in China; Aqua launched
2012 Jan. Completely redesigned Lexus GS 450h unveiled (launched in March)
Feb. Start of Highlander Hybrid production at Indiana Plant in the U.S. in the second half of 2013 announced
Production and sale of Camry Hybrid in Kuozui’s Kuanying Plant, Taiwan commenced
Apr. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 4 million mark
May Yaris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jul. Start of Lexus RX 450h production at TMMC’s Cambridge Plant in early 2014 announced; Lexus ES 300h launched (for sale outside Japan)
Oct. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales in Japan top 2 million mark
Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales from January through October 2012 top 1 million mark
Nov. Completely redesigned Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Dec. Completely redesigned Crown hybrid unveiled (launched in January 2013, Japan only); Avalon hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
2013 Mar. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 5 million mark
May Lexus IS 300h launched
Aug. Corolla Axio Hybrid and Corolla Fielder Hybrid launched
Sep. Crown Majesta (only hybrid version available) launched
Oct. Lexus GS 300h launched
Nov. Completely redesigned Harrier Hybrid unveiled (launched in January 2014)
Dec. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 6 million mark

Lithium-Ion batteries gaining prominence amongst EVs and HEVs, says Frost & Sullivan report

Rapidly evolving and advanced lithium-ion batteries find more takers with EVs and HEVs gaining prominence, says Frost & Sullivan study. Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) are gaining momentum as a sustainable and alternative means of transportation due to energy reserve issues (depleting oil and gas reserves), and increasing fuel demand, according to a statement released by the research group.
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The possibility that EVs could compete with fossil fuel equivalents is regaining attention because of the advancements in lithium-ion battery technology. The global battery industry produced around 660 million cylindrical lithium-ion batteries, which approximately consumed around 5,280 metric tonnes (MT) of lithium. Auto OEMs have started showing interest in manufacturing clean energy passenger cars, which run efficiently on lithium-ion batteries providing an alternate means of transportation in the near future.
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A new study from Frost & Sullivan finds that the lithium-ion battery market is rapidly evolving and is slowly becoming the technology of choice for next generation EVs. Lithium-ion batteries are a crucial entity of EVs since the better the battery pack, the better the performance of the car in acceleration, better mileage, cost, life span, and other aspects.
Out of the many different types of batteries available, lithium-ion batteries have outweighed conventional lead batteries on many levels. A lithium-ion battery is lightweight, more efficient, has a longer life span, is cost-effective, and is safer when compared with a lead battery. Currently, lithium-ion batteries are used in most electronic equipment like laptops, smart phones, tablets, and cameras. The future of lithium-ion batteries in the automotive sector looks promising as the focus is now on efficient EVs and HEVs.
Frost & Sullivan analysis finds that the global production of lithium in 2012 was 37,000 MT. The production was lead by Chile and Australia, followed by China, Argentina, Portugal, and a few other countries. Currently, lithium reserves worldwide are about 30 Million MT and Latin American (LATAM) countries hold almost 70 percent of lithium supply. Lithium reserves in LATAM countries like Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil account for almost 75-80 percent of global lithium deposits.
“There are multiple and varied applications of lithium. Ceramic and glass account for the largest consumption of lithium; it is used for their strengthening and hardening. But the future of lithium demand looks promising due to its battery application. Demand from the electronics industry is steadily rising as lithium-ion batteries have longer life and recharging capacities that are compatible with laptops, cameras, smart phones, and tablets,” says a Frost & Sullivan’s Metals & Minerals Analyst.
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Lithium is extracted in three different forms – Lithium metal, Lithium mineral (Pharmaceutical Grade), and Lithium mineral (Industry Grade). Lithium metal is used in the construction of anodes in the lithium-ion battery, and its supply chain consists of:
·        Mining companies that extract and refine lithium
·        Companies which produce components like anodes, cathodes, chemicals, separators, and ancillaries that are used in building the lithium-ion batteries
·        Manufacturers who assemble these components into battery cells
·        Battery manufacturers then send it to the pack manufacturers and finally to the OEMs
·        Automotive passenger car manufacturers/OEMs and the electronic industry use battery packs in the building and manufacturing of passenger cars, laptops, cell phones, and tablets.
The forecast for global lithium demand for various segments from 2014 till 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan analysis is:
·        Batteries for portable device – 1,11,176 MT at a CAGR of 9.70 percent
·        Batteries for grid – 7,500 MT at a CAGR of 21.30 percent
·        Batteries for EVs and HEVs – 2,04,901 MT at a CAGR of 21.30 percent
·        Other lithium applications – 1,74,994 MT at a CAGR of 4.70 percent
·        Total lithium demand in batteries – 4,98,571 MT at a CAGR of 10.10 percent
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Gamesha India opens Integrated Service and Monitoring Centre in Chennai

Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Ltd, a global technological leader in the wind industry today inaugurated its new Integrated Service and Monitoring Centre at Red Hills, near Chennai, to help its valued customers, according to a company statement.
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Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman and Managing Director, Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Limited, Ramesh Kymal, said: “We are extremely proud to have this new state-of-the-art facility inaugurated keeping in line with the aggressive growth plan of Gamesa India. “This Centre would give us tremendous possibilities to serve our customers better and manage their assets in a more efficient and sustainable way”. This composite facility is equipped to handle all the functions of its service portfolios under one roof viz. operations management, Technical back-up office, spares and logistics management, Control and Training Centre and Repair Circuit Outlet.
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An estimated 932 wind turbines which have been installed in India and the neighbouring island Nation, Sri Lanka, by Gamesa India will be monitored and controlled round-the-clock – all round the year. Also, as and when new installations gets added up the same would be hooked up to this control Centre. Gamesa India is exploring the feasibility of covering geographical areas beyond India and set up an advanced monitoring prognosis Centre. The vital data collected through Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) network would facilitate this mission.
As more and more wind farms across the countries are being developed at very remote locations often far away from the urban hubs and conditions being unfavorable to work during nights, this control Centre will help monitor and operate the wind turbines remotely with very less human interventions. This will improve the availability of turbines for power production at the installation besides helping in predictive maintenance. Keeping in view of the higher capacity variants which Gamesa plans to offer in the years to come, the Head- Services of Gamesa India, P Rajenthiran, while explaining the salient features of the facility, noted that the training centre will help to upgrade the skills of their engineers in advance.
Now that the wind market has shifted to a new market segment of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) whose core business is selling power, the strategy is to set Gamesa service as a key differentiator in the renewable energy market and sustain the same. Every customer of Gamesa has entrusted them with the long term contracts to manage their assets and Gamesa wants to partner with all their customers for the entire product life cycle and beyond.
Also, Gamesa service has started to look into other areas to serve the market such as Multi-technology business (Providing Operation and Maintenance of other makes of turbines) and Turbine life extension services for select models of other Turbine makes. Gamesa is present in India as technology provider and wind farm developer. The company has installed over 900 MW and manages capacity of more than 800 MW under O&M agreements. In its capacity as wind farm developer, Gamesa’s pipeline in India stands at 4,300 MW. India represented 18 percent of Gamesa’s sales in Q3 2013.
With a track record stretching back 19 years and installation of more than 28,000 MW in 40 countries under its belt, Gamesa has established itself as a world technology leader in the wind power industry. Its end-to-end value chain presence encompasses wind turbine design, manufacture, installation and operations and management (19,800 MW). Gamesa is also a global benchmark in the development, construction and sale of wind farms. To date, it has installed almost 6,000 MW and currently boasts a pipeline of 18,300 MW at varying stages of development in Europe, the Americas and Asia.