This battery idea from 1970s could help EVs take lead in auto industry

There’s no shortage of excitement for electric vehicle battery startups or multibillion dollar investments in the industry, as companies, backers and scientists look for the winning play. China, though, is already moving on to the next leg in the race — one that isn’t dependent on a big, bold breakthrough — with sodium-ion batteries. Done … Read more

Kinetic Engineering ventures into EV kits business

Some key points for easy reference – Kinetic Engineering (KE) founded in 1972 is the same Company that had launched Luna Moped in 1975. It also had partnered (JV) with Honda and launched the famous Kinetic Honda Scooter in 1980s (was subsequently sold to Mahindra in 2008 who later wound it up). A company with … Read more

Daimler CEO says carmakers could face chip shortage into 2023

By Ilona Wissenbach and Nick Carey MUNICH (Reuters) – Soaring demand for semiconductor chips means the auto industry could struggle to source enough of them throughout next year and into 2023, though the shortage should be less severe by then, Daimler AG’s CEO said on Sunday. Carmakers, forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to shut down … Read more

Ola picks banks for $1 billion IPO, may file papers in Oct: Report

Ride-hailing startup Ola has selected banks including Citigroup Inc. and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. to manage its Mumbai initial public offering that could raise about $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The company, backed by SoftBank Group Corp. and Tiger Global Management, has also picked Morgan Stanley for the listing, said the … Read more

Tata Motors reaffirms plan to become debt free by FY24

Last year i.e., 2020, at its annual general meeting, Tata Motors had announced its aim to become a debt free company within the next three years. Timelines seems to have shifted by a year. However, given Covid related disruptions, it’s still acceptable. For reference, the Company reported a Gross debt of Rs 1,50,211 crore and … Read more