Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R reaches 400 kmph in just 26 seconds! Creates a Record.

A mind blowing attempt by Turkish Pro racer Kenan Sofuoglu. No words just watch the video and indulge yourselves.

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The limited Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 edition pays homage to the iconic British warplane

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 is a limited edition model that celebrates 80th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire, the iconic British single-seat warplane that was employed by the Royal Air Force and its allies during and after the Second World War. This isn’t Aston’s first crack at paying homage to the British aviation industry though,…

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Indian Govt is in talks with Tesla motors; Offered land to establish a factory.

Nitin Gadkari visits the Tesla electric car manufacturing unit, in San Francisco

Indian government was committed to encourage pollution-free transport by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles. And also encouraging Indian carmakers to make investments in that direction.

Less than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla’s state-of-the-art factory in Fremont, California, his government has invited American electric car maker to set up a manufacturing hub for South and South East Asia in India.Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways, who visited the company’s San Francisco factory on Friday, offered land near major Indian ports to facilitate exports, an official statement said.The minister offered to promote joint ventures between the global leader in electric car technology and Indian automobile companies to introduce pollution-free road transport in India.Gadkari not only showed interest in electric cars but also battery-powered commercial and public vehicles. He said Indian government was committed to encourage pollution-free transport by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles.

The official statement quoted a senior Tesla executive as saying, the Indian government’s offer would be considered at an appropriate time.Replying to a query from the highways minister regarding manufacturing of electric trucks, buses and two-wheelers, Tesla said they plan to manufacture trucks and pick-up vans but not buses and two-wheelers. Tesla team evinced interest in knowing about subsidy on electric vehicles in India. Gadkari asked the company executives to outline their proposal for entry into India.

As part of his Silicon Valley visit last year, Modi had toured Tesla factory in California. Tesla CEOElon Musk showed Modi the cutting-edge robotic auto assembly plant. The PM was also shown the inside of a lithium-ion battery pack, which powers Tesla’s cars.

Musk and Modi had said they saw batteries and solar panels as the future of electricity generation in India. Musk, also CEO of SpaceX, had said, just like India skipped landlines and went straight to cell phones, it could skip traditional grid power and adopt distributed solar and battery packs.

Even though Tesla cars have become quite popular among some of the wealthiest Indians, there is still no infrastructure of electric cars in India. According to analysts, there was a huge potential for Tesla’s batteries combined with solar panels in India. Tesla’s grid batteries have also found overwhelming demand across the world.

“Given high local demand, a Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term,” Musk had told reporters after Modi’s visit. Electric cars use lithium ion batteries and a manufacturing facility for such batteries is called Gigafactory.

Indian carmakers have also shown keen interest in partnering with Tesla to popularize electric cars and develop infrastructure. On the other hand, In China, Tesla has 15 stores and there are about 350 Superchargers and more than 1,600 destination chargers.

On Thursday, Musk, announced that he was close to releasing “Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2.” The new corporate manifesto is likely to connect the dots between Tesla’s myriad projects, including its proposal to acquire solar installer SolarCity Corp. Tesla’s website, which historically has focused on clean transportation, now said the mission was to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Speculation about the future of the company — a potential green conglomerate that integrates rooftop solar, energy storage and increasingly autonomous, fully electric cars — has sparked imaginations of analysts and boosted confidence. That’s despite a customer using Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist technology being killed in a crash in Florida, subsequent safety and possible securities investigations, the defection of a manufacturing executive to Facebook and missing yet another sales target.

In August 2006, Musk published “The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan,” which laid out the rationale for building increasingly affordable electric cars while also providing zero-emission electric-power generation options. But it’s not just about the cars. Tesla has always focused on the vehicles as well as their fuel — in this case their growing network of Supercharger stations and efforts to increasingly clean the electric grid that powers them.

And while the mission of the company has historically been to “accelerate the advent of electric transportation,” Tesla’s website now said the mission is about sustainable energy.

“Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation,” says the website. In a call with analysts last month, Musk talked about the need for the Tesla Powerwall for the home to be designed in tandem with solar panels, as one integrated, Tesla-branded system. He was as bullish on solar as he has been on electric cars.

“Like, only about 1 per cent of US homes have solar, so you have a massive addressable market that’s unserved and there’s at least 40 million to 60 million households that where solar — where they could do solar if they wanted to,” said Musk. “So if the economics were right and they like the aesthetics and it was easy to do, then they would do it. So the future market there is really gigantic.”

In 2013, India introduced a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) to have six million electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, by 2020. Government aims to provide fiscal and monetary incentives to popularise the nascent technology. If this plan becomes a reality, India could save 9,500 million litres of crude oil equivalent to Rs 62,000 crore savings.

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* Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers, including Elon Musk, in Silicon Valley. Before Tesla, Musk founded X.com in 1999, SpaceX in 2002
* Musk made headlines in May 2012 when SpaceX launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station
* In late 2014, Musk unveiled two dual motor all-wheel drive configurations of Model S that further improve the vehicle’s handling and performance
* Over 50,000 vehicles were manufactured by Tesla, till last year. They are produced at the company’s factory in Fremont, California
* The Tesla Factory has returned thousands of jobs to the area and is capable of producing 1,000 cars a week, according to information on the company’s official website. The same factory was previously home to New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors
* Tesla is expanding its manufacturing footprint into other areas, including in Tilburg, the Netherlands, where it has an assembly facility, and Lathrop, California, where it has a specialized production plant
* According to some international media reports, Tesla plans to double its total production output to 500,000 vehicles in 2018 and 1 million in 2020

Source: Business-Standard

EV’s production in India is all set to get boost from CECRI and CAEM

Thanks to Central Electrochemical Research Institute(CECRI) and Centre for Automotive Energy Materials (CAEM) that now India can produce Li-ion batteries instead of depending on imports. This is going to boost the Indian Electric Vehicle industry further apart from the FAME India Scheme introduced by govt of India.

Globally, there is an urgent need for the development of alternative energy sources, especially for the automotive sector, due to the alarming depletion of the fossil energy reserves. Lithium-ion battery has emerged as a promising candidate to alleviate this problem due to its attractive features viz high energy density (both volumetric and gravimetric), high current drain, high cycle life, low self-discharge, absence of memory effect, good low temperature performance.

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Centre for Automotive Energy Materials (CAEM) has been recently set up at Indian Institute of Technology (M) Research Park, Chennai with a focus to start major R&D programmes on Materials and Components Technology for Electric Vehicle (EV) / Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) applications. The Centre is developing Li-ion battery for EVs/ HEVs by setting up Research facility for Lithium-ion cells and battery packs at pilot plant scale. Lithium-ion battery technology is projected to be the leapfrog technology for automotive sectors to provide stationary storage solutions to enable the effective use of renewable energy sources. Giant automobile manufacturers like Ashok Leyland are already engaged in the Manufacture of EV based on Lithium-ion batteries (LIB’s) and CAEM has initiated the interactions to work closely with them to demonstrate ARCI’s in-house Li-battery technology for EVs.

For the Lithium-ion batteries, India’s market share is significantly high in the area of consumer electronics. It is expected to increase in the Electric Vehicle sector also. However, in India, till date, there are no manufacturers of Lithium-ion cells; It is hence comprehensible that there are no manufacturers of most of the raw materials for the batteries also. Keeping in view the rapid growth of the Automotive Industries and the need for the development of the material technology for sustainable transportation, CAEM has taken up a major project to develop Li-ion battery materials for EV/HEV by setting up the manufacturing of Lithium-ion cells and battery packs at pilot plant scale for automotive application. The project is planned to be executed in a twofold approach.

The following are the expected outcomes of the project:

  • Setting up a pilot scale facility for the fabrication of the Lithium-ion cell, and development of the technology for E-bus battery of capacity 330V, 200 Ah and batteries for E-cars
  • The Pilot plant facility will also cater to other capacity batteries required for E-scooter and E-car. This will meet the needs of the automobile industry in the country for reducing Green House Gas Emission and foreign exchange for importing the oil which is the Ultimate Goal of the project.
  • Electrode materials and other components for Li-ion battery (LIB) will be developed indigenously. This offers scope for the in-house development of tailor-made LIB for a wide variety of Niche applications.

In parallel The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi in Tamilnadu, has set up the first indigenous Li-ion fabrication facility that has applications in electric vehicles, defence, solar powered devices, railways and other high end usages.

“It’s the first time that we will have our own technology and potential to produce Li-ion batteries domestically. This would help in cutting costs as well as our dependence on the foreign market,” professor Vijayamohan K. Pillai, CECRI Director, told IANS. CECRI is part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

“In two months we will attain capacity to produce at least 100 batteries in a day at our lab,” he added.

India uses around 1 billion Li-ion.For now, 100 percent of Li-ion batteries or cells used are imported.China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and some Western countries are the major manufacturers of lithium ion batteries.According to experts, mass production of indigenous Li-ion batteries would reduce the cost manifold as compared to the imported batteries.”Imported batteries are very expensive. The domestic programme can bring the price down”.

CECRI has also invited investors for mass production. “Some investors have already shown interest. A Canada-based NRI is willing to install a plant in India. On June 3, we have (former DRDO chief) V.K. Saraswat visiting our fabrication facility. His visit gives hope for good investments,” Pillai said.

Ford Mustang’s TVC a must watch

Five decades after it went into production, the iconic muscle car from America has made its way to India. And guess what, we get the top spec 5.0L V8 variant in India, priced at just INR 65 lakhs. A price tag which could get you cars Audi TT, BMW Z4, top of the line mid-sized German sedans or SUVs. But not a 5.0L V8.

No more talking. Here is the first ever TVC of Ford Mustang which has been shot in India.

Bentley Mulsanne to get all-electric powertrain

Electric Mulsanne to help Bentley meet increasingly stringent global emissions norms.

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via Bentley Mulsanne to get all-electric powertrain — Autocar India

BMW 740e iPerformance hybrid saloon announced

The sedan can travel up to 30 miles in pure electric mode. The post BMW 740e iPerformance hybrid saloon announced appeared first on RushLane.

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