EV Reporter recently hosted an insightful webinar focused on Battery materials and the Lithium-ion battery value chain. Mr. Venkat Rajaraman, CEO of Cygni Energy, made an impactful presentation on minerals critical to a clean energy future, their global distribution, the status of the current value chain and its geopolitical implications.

 

The mining of rare earth elements is highly competitive due to limited global reserves and growing demand from clean energy technologies and electronics. This competition exacerbates geopolitical tensions. Environmental concerns and complexities of extraction pose additional challenges to ensuring sustainable access to these resources.

 

India is in the midst of transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Several think-tanks including NITI Aayog and CEEW have predicted that there would be 80 per cent EV adoption in two wheelers and three wheelers by 2030. Even a conservative estimate predicts that there would be 6 million EVs in India by 2025.

Entrepreneur India  Article:  Switch To Lithium-ion Battery

The last several months have been tough for the EV industry, specifically the 2-wheeler segment with multiple instances of fire and even a case of explosion in 2 wheelers using Lithium ion (Li-ion) based battery packs.

The reactions from media and “EV experts” have ranged from outright dismissal of the potential of EVs for India’s de-carbonization drive to blaming “sub-standard” cells and materials. The objective of this article is to understand the issue from first principles and discuss the ways in which this can be avoided through design, quality and thorough testing so that the customer safety is given the highest priority.

Motown India  Article:  EV Fires

“Breaking down the reasons why Indian electric vehicles require batteries made in India”

By Venkat Rajaraman, CEO and Founder, Cygni

India is on the verge of a major transformation and at the heart of it is the automobile industry, with electric vehicles (EVs) swiftly becoming the country’s favorite mode of transportation. EVs encompass a wide range of vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers (e-rickshaws and L5 loaders), four-wheelers, and electric buses.

 

 Read More at:  Times Of India

“Battery Swapping Policy – Dawn of a new era”

By Venkat Rajaraman, CEO and Founder, Cygni

The most important aspect of this policy is that it puts the battery manufacturers in the front and centre of this entire scheme.

The much-awaited draft policy for the swappable batteries was released by NITI-Aayog a few days back. The policy has a lot of good interventions which are very important from the adoption perspective and at the same time the policy skims over some of the critical details, and a few details are still left open.

 

 Read More at:  Financial Express

“Battery Swapping policy: The good and not so good aspects for EVs”

By Venkat Rajaraman, CEO and Founder, Cygni

Currently, more than 50 percent of small EV batteries in India are fitted with low-quality Battery Monitoring Systems(BMS). Under the new swapping policy, such cheap hardware will go out of the door as the policy mandates all swappable batteries.

 

 Read More at:  Times Of India

“Cygni to install Gigafactory to produce 4,00,000 battery packs per annum in India”

Electric Vehicles are the talk of the town. The EV segment is growing in India at a rapid pace, especially the two-wheeler segment. We have multiple EV players in this category and to boost the EV revolution, there are local battery makers as well.

 

Please find below the link to the full coverage:

Read More at:  Financial Express

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