Starting April 01, 2018 the inter-state goods movement for worth more than Rs.50,000 will have to follow the e-way bill mechanism. After the assessment of the response for inter-state goods movement across few weeks, the e-way bill will be introduced in phases across four to five states every week. Post the implementation of GST regime in July last year, the mandate of carrying the e-way bill could not take off amidst non-readiness of IT network. As many as 15 states mandated the e-way bill when the implementation date was set for February 01, 2018. However, the system crashed due to technical glitches and the billing procedure could not take off. Sushil Kumar Modi, heading a panel of ministers formed to oversee GST system implementation, has affirmed that three rounds of load testing will happen at NIC (responsible for maintenance of the system) before the system takes off. With as many as 25-50 lakh e-way bills expected to be registered per day, and for the number to rise as much as 75 lakh, the simplification of GST return is necessary. With various issues like allowance of provisional credit and linking of credit with tax payment, GST council has already dumped the earlier system of quarterly filing of GST returns. Work is on to arrive at newer models.
ABB, a global leader in electric vehicle charging has installed a fast charger electric station at Niti Ayog, New Delhi. Named ABB Terra 53, it is a 50kW fast charging station that can fully charge an electric vehicle in up to 30 minutes. Based on international charging standards for electric vehicles, Terra 53 uses EV batteries to convert alternating current from the grid to direct current. It is also capable of working with EVs operating on AC charging. Ensuring operations in all weather conditions, the station’s hardware is robust and complies with global electromagnetic compatibility. Taking advantage of ABB’s Ability Connected Services digital networking suite portfolio, the charging station links to payment platforms and smart grid systems. The cloud-based ABB Ability connection also facilitates smart trip planning for travellers by indicating where the next recharge stop will be. As a global leader in EV fast-charging solutions, ABB has more than 6,000 units installed across 55 countries.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) recorded 2017 as the most successful year since it entered India in 2012. Strong momentum from fresh products and tailwinds from regulatory changes in the market environment are said to be the reasons. DICV, according to company sources, sold 16,717 vehicles in 2017, marking a 28per cent rise when compared to the sale of 13,081 units in 2016. The CV Maker gathered good momentum post the transition to BSIV emission standards. Announcing that it would offer BSIV trucks at the same cost it offered the BSIII trucks at, DICV received another boost from the advent of GST. It further accelerated its growth rate as customers began looking for modern, more capable and reliable trucks. Present in the nine to 49-tonne segment, the company’s performance rise in the year 2017 rose to 9.1 per cent when compared to a 6.8 per cent rise in 2016.
The French Trade & Investment Agency, the Federation of French Vehicle Equipment Industry (FIEV) and the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) hosted a delegation of 21 French auto and electric mobility suppliers in India. The delegation visited Indian companies in Chennai and Delhi and showcased the range of expertise they could offer. With an eye on the Government’s efforts to promote electric mobility as one of the key solutions to reduce carbon emissions along with the introduction of the new BSVI emission norms, the delegation, drawing attention to France being the largest electric mobility market in Europe, expressed its interest to contribute to India’s ambitious automotive program with cutting-edge technologies. Keen to establish synergies, the companies that were a part of the delegation spoke about technical cooperation and partnerships. Dassault Systèmes, Bronse Alu SAS, EP TENDER, Favi SA, FIEV, Gefco SA, IFTS (Institut de la Filtration et des Techniques Séparatives) and others were a part of the delegation.
Hitachi Automotive Systems India is banking on electrification and autonomous vehicle systems. The components division of the company showcased a range of electric and autonomous driving systems at Auto Expo 2018. These are aimed at evolving vehicles and are in-line with the environment and safety standards the company has come to adhere to. Catering to the OEM and the aftermarket in India, the company, in the area of autonomous driving is offering solutions that respond to regulations for environmental conservation. The solutions are created by coordinating 360-degree sensing technology and safety control technology to reduce traffic accidents and traffic jams. To improve fuel consumption, Hitachi is offering highly efficient next-generation gasoline engine parts. These are particularly instrumental in improving fuel consumption, increasing combustion efficiency and heat exchange.
Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Pinnacle Speciality Vehicles (PSV), a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries Limited. Specialising in the conversion and customisation of vehicles for commercial and personal use, PSV will have Gambhir as its brand ambassador present the brand and the values associated with it. According to Sudhir Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, Pinnacle Industries Ltd., Gambhir will present PSV’s vision of revolutionising the concept of luxury and comfortable travel on Indian roads. PSV’s association with Gambhir will also extend to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation. PSV will customise vans for his community kitchen and various food drive initiatives. Among the range of customised vehicles PSV does, Gambhir will present the Finetza Series motorhomes; Opisia Series modified executive business van, and Magnifica Series of modified tourer vans and product display vehicles. The vehicles are based on the Force Traveller.
Dassault Systèmes has announced the availability of ‘Electro Mobility Accelerator’ in India. The company will provide solutions with industry-proven capabilities for the development of new electric vehicle ideas; to virtually simulate and validate performance, and to support flexible and lean manufacturing. Introduced with an eye on India’s move towards sustainability, the ‘Electro Mobility Accelerator’ will provide an all-in-one collaborative cloud to help create and deliver lightweight, compact and high-performance battery solutions, powertrains, charging technology and software. ‘Electro Mobility Accelerator’ would also aid in tracking ideas from initial concept to customer delivery, with integrated governance to improve productivity, and reduce development costs.