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E-mobility in India – Technology for Sustainable Future Transport

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In 1897, a resident of Calcutta brought the first motorized car to India, reportedly a (French) DeDion. What has changed since then? Nothing much, except the numbers. Around 300 million vehicles are running in every nook and corner of India now. However, the basic design of automobiles remains the same as that of the 1900s – energized by oil, powered by combustion, driven mechanically by a person, and intended for a broad purpose. This was true until recently, a technocrat with no background in automotive crafted one of the most sought-after cars in the world – Tesla. From there, you can see a paradigm shift in the way manufacturers think about automobiles. At a time when the E-Mobility revolution started by Tesla is evolving worldwide, E-Mobility has the power to ensure the sustaina...

Electric Vehicle Market Challenges & Opportunities

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Electric Vehicle Market Challenges & Opportunities Today, the electric vehicle market is one of the fastest growing markets with a projected vehicle sales growth from 1.5 million units in 2018 to 10.79 million units in 2025 – roughly 32.57% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate). Though attractive, the EV market faces a range of unique challenges and has equally lucrative opportunities in store! ​ 1. Cost  Current high cost of EVs is attributed mainly to its expensive battery technology, which accounts for almost 25% of its total cost. It is the prime reason why most consumers are reluctant to opt for EVs. With advancement in technology in the form of high-performance lithium-ion batteries built in the Gigafactory of Tesla Motors, battery costs are predicted to come down to US$200 per kilo...

Cleaner Air – The positive side of Coronavirus Lockdown

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Less Travel and Traffic driving lower pollution in Cities The coronavirus outbreak has put India under one of the biggest lockdown. Though, that puts the country under a big economic challenge it is the only way we can win over the virus. During lockdown there is one very positive change we have seen that is the CLEAN AIR we are breathing. With highly restricted travel within as well as across cities, nearly 90 cities have record dip in air pollution as on March 24, 2020. One of the clear reason for decline in pollution levels is less traffic on the city roads which is clearly reflected in the google maps images (Link) of some of the busiest streets of Delhi (NCR). Can we continue to this trend without harming the country’s economic activity? The answer to the above question is “YES’’ – To...

Technology- Your Ticket to Seamless Commuting

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Daily Commute a Big Challenge Daily commute is a big challenge especially in metro cities across India, where employees spend hours on the road which are highly unproductive if they are ‘self-driving’. This problem was solved when companies started providing daily cab services to their employees – a common culture for most of the IT/ITES companies in the urban India. However, the traditional vendor driven employee commute model has been fraught with inefficiencies and immense paper-work; which has resulted in tech-driven start-ups which are solving for in efficiencies in the employee transportation by managing it through technology. Tech Solving for Daily Commute These new breed of start-ups include names such as Aaveg, Move-in-Sync, Routematic, Hopon and Commutec which are making the empl...

V2X communication technology and cybersecurity in V2X communication

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What is V2X Communication Technology? Stands for Vehicle-to-Everything Vehicular communication technology which enables vehicles to converse with the moving parts of the traffic and external systems like pedestrians and streetlights Designed to improve traffic efficiency by providing warnings for upcoming traffic congestions, proposing alternative routes and preventing accidents Comprises different communication technologies including Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I), Vehicle-to-Pedestrians (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Devices (V2D). Both, DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communications) and C-V2X (Cellular to Everything) can be used to meet the target performance for V2X Offers 360-degree situational awareness Factors Driving the Growth of V2X Market Increasing environmental c...

LR AllAssets Content Library Gets Enriched with Subject Matter Expertise

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Summary Lloyd’s Register, the company that has been helping industry address risk for over 250 years, recently updated ARC Advisory Group analysts on its progress in enriching its AllAssets APM software platform and library.  LR’s AllAssets Content Library provides digitized subject matter expertise based on its rich history of asset failure data, risk mitigation recommendations, and industrial operation best practices to manage asset risk and performance.  Such built-in, digitized subject matter expertise enables users who are digitally transforming themselves to speed time to value by adding context to data. Key findings include: To enable identification of asset failures, the AllAssets Content Library currently includes 49 base models to cover the most common equipment types including p...

Growing Population driving more ‘People Travel’ creating challenges for Urban Mobility

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Rising population is a big challenge across the globe, as it continues to put more pressure on natural resources that we have. The global population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. India is expected to surpass China as the most populous country by 2027. This population expansion will be primarily driven by growth in the urban population. More than two-thirds of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050, from a little over half of the population currently. The story in not different in case of India which is expected to be home to over 1.7 billion people by 2050. This rising population which is skewed more towards the cities continue to drive the urban sprawl, which in turn is increasing the average distance travelled by a commuter. Notably, New Delhi has been wi...

ITC can be claimed if Transportation is provided for night shift women employees

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  GST credit is available against the purchases of goods or services that are used, or, intended to be used in the course, or, the furtherance of businesses. The onus of proving the inviolability of these claims lies solely on the taxpayer since the range of things that can be included under this clause are seemingly broad. However, there are certain goods and services that have been made specifically ineligible for tax credit. Here are several expenses incurred by an organisation for carrying out business, but not all of them are eligible for credit claims. For simplifying ITC provisions, the 28th GST Council meeting recommended amendments to these ITC provisions. These proposals will take effect only after the law is passed and the notification has been issued. However, you can visi...

Is the Future of Electric Trucks Now?

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  Electric trucks have been in the news a lot lately, especially as Tesla has made multiple announcements regarding the highly anticipated release of its Class 8 semi-truck. However, the state of Tesla’s supply chain, along with the skepticism regarding the design of the truck, had the public wondering if it would actually come to fruition. But Tesla is clearly not the only company working to get an electric truck to the market. There are also a variety of electric trucks already on the road, most notably Class 6 trucks for parcel deliveries. With more interest in zero-emission trucks, the market is poised for growth. Pic- Class 8 Electric Trucks Tesla’s announcement of a planned electric semi-truck raised a lot of eyebrows, especially given the brash predictions from Elon Musk. Speci...

Top Trends To Watch in the Automotive Industry In 2018

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  The year 2018 has marked the revolution in the sector with increasing automation, #digitization of DMS and innovative business models. The year casts definite trends that will dictate and transform the response of the industry players to the changing customer behavior. • Electric Vehicles Depleting non-renewable energy reservoirs have been the primary driving factor of the electric cars and in turn, the DMS Solution for these vehicles. Almost all automakers including the key-players like Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, BMW, Ford and Volkswagen have kickstarted this go-green initiative with plans to bring their variants in the market in near future. • Autonomous Vehicles The year is expected to witness the launch of autonomous vehicles from a range of automakers that promise enhanced ...

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