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Key Indian Battery Makers Plans for EVs – Exide, Amara Raja, HBL, Eveready Strategy for Electric Vehicle Batteries


Currently, as of 2018, the supply chain for EVs in India is nascent, highly unorganized. We are hence providing specific inputs based on prominent OEMs.

Exide Industries

• In mid-2017, Exide Industries Ltd. announced that it would start producing batteries for electric vehicles. The e-rickshaw market offers “huge opportunities” for growth as sales of e-rickshaws have expanded “spontaneously” without much government backing and around one million e-rickshaws have already been launched on Indian roads

• The company was also exploring the market to launch batteries for electric two-wheelers. However, as the two-wheelers run only on lithium-ion batteries, which are quite expensive, the company said that production of these batteries would start when the demand for electric two-wheelers increases

• In the same year (2017), the company was planning to set up a lithium ion battery plant by 2018. The company said it will source technology from China-based Chaowei Power, a German battery manufacturer, and from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. The deal was signed at the beginning of 2017 and will get over by 2025

• The company also said that it has been manufacturing batteries for electric rickshaws. Batteries are being offered both in tubular as well as in flat plate design to ensure maximum performance under the challenging road conditions. The company aims to offer e-mobility solutions for a wide range of applications, such as e-vans and e-buses, among others

Amara Raja

In 2016, Amara Raja Group (ARG), an established player in automobile batteries, announced that it was looking to enter electric car batteries space in due course. The company’s R&D center was working on electric car batteries and other new technologies. However, as the market was nascent, the company said that it would hopefully enter into the segment whenever the market is favorable for electric car battery production.

During end 2017, the company announced that it will strengthen its two-wheeler battery plant with an estimated investment of Rs 700 crore. The company said it had started catering to electric vehicles as a pilot.

Other companies interested or planing to setup EV cell manufacturing unit are JSW, Adani, Mahindra, Hero, and Panasonic.

Apart from the above companies Munoth Industries Ltd already started the work for 1.2 GW Battery cell manufacturing unit at Tirupathi.

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