NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries, South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co and automaker Mahindra & Mahindra are amongst corporations which have submitted bids underneath the nation’s $2.4 billion battery scheme, two sources instructed Reuters.
India final yr finalised an incentive program to encourage corporations to put money into the native manufacturing of batteries because it seems to be to ascertain a home provide chain for clear transport and construct storage for renewable vitality.
Friday is the final day to submit technical bids. Softbank Group-backed Ola Electric, engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro and battery makers Amara Raja and Exide have additionally submitted bids, the sources stated.
None of the businesses named by the sources instantly responded to requests for remark. India needs to ascertain a complete of fifty gigawatt hours (Gwh) of battery storage capability over 5 years, which it expects will appeal to direct funding of about $6 billion.
To qualify for the incentives, corporations should arrange at the least 5 Gwh of storage capability and meet sure native content material circumstances, all of which might require a minimal funding of greater than $850 million.
Around 10 corporations have submitted bids totalling near 100 Gwh, the sources stated. India was additionally encouraging world corporations akin to Tesla Inc, Samsung, LG Energy, Northvolt and Panasonic to speculate.
Clean auto expertise is a key a part of India’s technique for chopping air pollution in main cities and decreasing oil dependence. But electrical autos (EVs) presently make up a fraction of complete gross sales within the nation primarily as a consequence of their excessive worth as batteries are imported.
The South Asian nation needs electrical automobiles to make up 30 per cent of personal automobile gross sales by 2030 and for electrical bikes and scooters to make up 40 per cent of such gross sales, driving demand for batteries which presently contribute about 35 per cent to 40 per cent of the entire automobile price.
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