Pranav Balakrishnan

Staff writer, The Ken • India Edition

Pranav is one among the fresh graduates who joined from ACJ's Bloomberg programme. Pranav writes about mobility and electric vehicles. He also has keen interest in consumer electronics and telecom.

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Part Uber, Part OYO, IntrCity seeks to transform India's bus travel

Hi Shreyas, it is difficult to see that happen in my opinion. At the end of the day the business of OEMs are to make cars and sell them. Not invest in their own inventory and launch operations which is completely against their DNA. Yes, Mahindra is doing it with electric cabs, but they have different divisions with Mahindra & Mahindra to deal with it, like Mahindra Logistics. OEMs can ask these service companies to share their data with them, but as of now I have not heard auto companies directly entering the service business of inter city travel market.

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A plug for India's electric charger pain point

Hi Shalabh, -4% happens outside home and office. Even offices can be considered as public charging point. According to the executive of Ather quoted above, 74% of the charging happens at home, 22% at work and 4% outside that. Workplaces are great places to set up charging points as the vehicle remain idle for a long time there. If we include office charging as well, then utilisation rate can touch 25%. The number was confirmed by another executive in the industry as well before we published. The same person said that fleet companies like Lithium has a utilisation rate of 85% and that is the reason why they are not open to the public. -The conclusion was not derived because of issues with plug-n technology. This article was not about plug-in vs swap. We already wrote an article on that 10 months back. The conclusion was derived because of the differences between the government and the industry on what direction to take. Ola, Uber, Bounce and other companies are piloting projects on swap technology for two and three wheelers while the government has not yet decides on the standards for swapping.

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Olectra-BYD pips Tata, Leyland, Volvo in the e-bus sweepstakes

Hi Aman, We could not speak to the company about the exact number of buses on the road or the financial roadmap of these buses. But following are some of the links which could help you with some insight into their cashflows. The Rs 144.8 crore is the standalone revenue figure of Olectra Greentech. Since then they have sold their subsidiary, EVEY, which operates these buses, to its parent company MEIL. http://www.urbanmobilityindia.in/Upload/Conference/4e5f5412-a7a6-4438-aab4-f716912149ad.pdf Page 14 of the following link also shows the cash flows under the GCC model. https://dhi.nic.in/writereaddata/UploadFile/Final%20EOI%2004%20June%202019%20Published.pdf

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Olectra-BYD pips Tata, Leyland, Volvo in the e-bus sweepstakes

People who envisaged the battery swap technology wanted to solve 2 problems that the plug-in technology had- 1. The expensive batteries 2. Range. They made smaller size batteries which could be swapped that solved the above problems. Additional infrastructure also had to be made for the swap to happen. This was 2 years back. But now, the prices of lithium-ion batteries have come down so much it does not make economic sense to make smaller batteries and additional infrastructure for swap to take place. Fast charging technologies has also improved. Hence, plug-in technology is preferred.

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