Ola’s Electric car launch!

At a time when India, amongst the fastest growing economies in the world, is taking interesting leaps toward the Electric car revolution, news that Ola is entering the four-wheel segment is nothing less than a giant stride.

And this isn’t mere hearsay; this is confirmed the news that is taking the electric car news space in India by storm.

On top of it, that Ola Electric is about to unveil its first-ever pure electric car on India’s independence day is massive news in itself.

Chances are, whatever you may read at this time, and whenever you may be reading it, news concerning the electric car development will pertain to Ola’s plans of launching its maiden offering in the EV segment.

That being said, what are the exact details that we know about the soon-to-be-launched development? And to what extent are they in the public domain as you read this piece?

To that end, it’s important to know that there aren’t too many details available as we speak.

However, Ola Electric’s CEO, Mr. Bhavish Aggarwal did express his excitement about the development that holds the key for his organization and in turn, to the changing EV tide in India.

The mega-successful entrepreneur, who hails from Ludhiana, happened to share the crucial news through his social media:

“Super excited to announce a new product this 15th August! Will also share more about our BIG future plans!!”

That being said, while not an awful lot is known about the way the car will eventually look and be, what is clearly known is that Ola Electric has huge plans for this four-wheel segment.

It is already in the advanced stages of setting up 1,000 acres of land for the purpose of building a new factory for car manufacturing part.

Interestingly, this factory will be two times the size of the existing factory at Hosur, which is being used for the purpose of making Ola’s electric scooters.

-stay tuned to The EV Daily for more updates about Ola’s eventual car launch!

What are the applications for Pravaig Field Pack?

Pravaig, a leading carmaker involved in the rapidly changing and vastly interesting space of urban mobility in the beating heart of India, is a growing name now engaged in the manufacturing of the Field Pack.  

The sophisticated and high-tech offering primarily and vastly meant for the realm of Military operations and Defense industry could well be a game changer for the Bangalore-based firm. 

But first, let us examine as to what the Field Pack being made by Pravaig is exactly about? 

For starters, this energy dense battery pack especially meant for military usage is a one of a kind offering in the realm of the defense industry that today one cannot imagine any army’s soldiers or troops without. 

So how and why is that? 

The militaries carry plenty of equipment that include- but aren’t only restricted to- surveillance equipment, sophisticated cameras, radio devices. These equipment, therefore, and understandably so, need to get charged.  

Having said that, how does it all work? 

Multiple field packs can be connected together to multiply the capacity, or power devices with higher voltage requirements. The physical form factor allows for compact stacking of these. 

But having said that, where are all the real-life applications of the Field Pack from a military point of view? 

From a fundamental standpoint, it is never going to happen that the Military ops will happen in some air-conditioned room. 

The real action, it isn’t a cliché, takes places and always so, in unfriendly or let’s say hostile terrains.  

That is where the Field Pack comes in extremely handy and a savior of sorts. 

The Field Pack is waterproof, shock proof, and works in extreme temperatures. But there’s more to this; since the lithium-ion cells are known to lose their temper in case of shock loads, hi temps, physical abuse, field pack deploys multiple active and passive safety layers to keep the cells inside calm and happy. 

It is, therefore, an all-terrain, rugged and extremely handy offering that is quite the savior of the military much like the military is the savior of the country and for defending its realm of sovereignty and freedom.  

What is Pravaig’s Field Pack about?

Away from the cozy comfort of home and the spacious and protective confines of one’s nest of abode, there stands on the battleground the brave soldier- whether a commandant, brigadier, sniper, lieutenant or field marshal- guarding the hopes of his country. 

But there’s something more that the troops and those entrusted with the task of defending the sovereignty of a country require; there’s equipment and high-tech gear for battle, in addition to tactics. 

And one precious aspect of warfare that perhaps no troop participating in any warfare, mission or assignment can ever sufficiently fulfill in today’s day and age: 

It’s the FieldPack.  

It’s precisely that vital, irreplaceable equipment that Pravaig, a fast-growing Urban Mobility and Energy players in India’s bustling start up space is offering as we speak. 

So let’s begin to understand just what is the Field Pack of Pravaig is and who is it exactly meant for? 

Fundamentally speaking, the Field Pack offered by Pravaig is a high-tech, energy dense battery pack that is built precisely for Military use.  

Having said that, how does the Field Pack actually come to the Military’s use? 

Regardless of whether one speaks of the military of an advanced or developed nation or that of a developing country, the militaries, irrespective, carry copious sums of equipment that run on 12 V. These include- radio devices, surveillance equipment such as sophisticated cameras and beacons. The field pack, therefore, is also capable of charging such devices. 

And rather interestingly, it can also charge even smartphones, USB ports, laptops and even instruments dainty to the size of a USB port. 

This exceptionally powerful energy pack, meant for all terrains is, undoubtedly, a game changing offer by Pravaig that is already engaged in the manufacturing of next-gen cutting edge electric cars.  

What was Mobility 2022 of TechCrunch about?

If you are a player in the dynamic EV industry, then perhaps one of the key questions, of the many, you’d like to know is just how further can Tesla impact an already fast-changing dynamic of urban mobility.

In a similar vein, if you are an existing player in the urban mobility landscape, then one of the questions you’d be likely asked, especially where it comes to the present year is whether you were part of the event that pretty much defines the concept of Mobility, as one knows it?

It was May Day in May of 2022 given all roads of Urban Mobility and the Future of Technology and Transportation led to San Mateo, California, for Mobility 2022, the go-to tech and urban mobility event organized by TechCrunch that needs little introduction.

At TechCrunch’s Mobility 2022, one had the massive opportunity of meeting Exhibitors, Founders, Technologists, and Investors involved with some of the leading, established, and up-and-coming organizations in the sphere of Mobility.

With the idea being to immerse in a captivating world shaped increasingly by an interplay of technology and innovation, Mobility 2022 got the movers and shakers of a sophisticated, rapidly shape-shifting realm that governs our future as we know it: Mobility!

Key questions, arresting, jaw-dropping even, such as how self-driving cars are shaping the electric automotive landscape, how Robotaxis are going to impact our future, and how the concept of design shapes an affordable, purely-electric next-generation car among the many were discussed and keenly participated in.

TechCrunch Mobility Pitch-off, attracting dozens of the industry’s brightest names in the space of Mobility- entrepreneurs and designers and tech geeks- got a precious opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with experts (VCs) that offered immeasurably valuable feedback to (several) pitches.

How to further build, for instance, an electric car start-up, shape up your company’s aggressive growth portfolio, and add new feathers to an expansive hat so as to impact the sphere of Urban Mobility were just some of the many vital touch points of an event second to none in understanding the concept of Mobility- on the whole.

Pravaig Dynamics, among the many ambitious start-up EV brands shaping the dynamic of electric mobility, participated in the widely covered “one of a kind” event in California.

The start-up brand, based in Bangalore describes itself as a maker of cutting-edge EVs and a rising new-age Automotive company in India.

Pravaig foray into a leading global Tech, Urban Mobility – Event- Mobility 22, USA.

Pravaig, quite evidently, is a new age Mobility Company in India that stands at the captivating intersection of technology and innovation. And the way the Bangalore-based startup engaged in the sphere of Electric Vehicles and Energy is going it appears that it is likely to play an important hand in shaping the urban mobility culture of India. 

The company with an organizational strength between 51-200 recently marked an important event in its 2022 timeline. 

And just how is that? 

With an attempt to spot and capture myriad opportunities (before they become mainstream) that lie in the domain of mobility, a fast-moving target, one of India’s fastest-growing EV start-ups attended the San Mateo, California-bound event Mobility 2022. 

Clearly amongst the go-to events for tech companies as well as those engaged in the realm of urban mobility in all of the USA, Pravaig were among the most talked about companies in a tech event that is widely visited from a global standpoint.   

With an idea to engage in meaningful dialogue with noted and up and coming stakeholders; exhibitors, founders, leaders to figure out the next developments and parables in tech and urban mobility landscape, Pravaig participated in an event one could sufficiently dub the ‘big next’ in technology. 

The company shared its key insights from a rapidly transforming electric mobility market in India and corresponded with some of the leading investors, founders and technologists from the world engaged in dynamic spheres such as EV, Robo Taxis, AV, and those in whose ebb rests the challenge of shaping the future of electric mobility.  

The firm, thus gathered key insights such as how to start early-stage funding, what the next chapters in the sphere of mobility might be like, and what future trends in urban mobility can have an impact on the present.  

Why Pravaig participated in TechCrunch Mobility 2022?

With groundbreaking ideas galore related to the field of Urban Mobility, Electric Vehicles, and Technology, Mobility 2022, a Tech Crunch event, attracted innumerable exciting participants from around the world.  

Sufficient to say, if there was one event that you so wanted to attend during the period of May, then it was Tech Crunch’s Mobility 2022. 

All roads, therefore, it won’t be incorrect to state, led to San Mateo, in California.  

With so much to gather; so many ideas to share; and a platter-full of opportunities to partake in, one of the most vaunted tech events held annually attracted stakeholders; investors, startups, technologists and policy makers; that shape the present and hold the power to influence the future of spheres like Urban Mobility and Technology. 

Whether you are a PhD student doing masters in automotive engineering, a sports car designer based in California, a seasoned investor in the Sunshine State California, or an urban mobility start up brand from Asia, Mobility 2022 was a dynamic congregation of presenters, idea generators and world leaders that shape the realm of Mobility, the theme of the event. 

And among the most enterprising participants in the much-talked-about tech event were Pravaig, from the beating heart of India’s technology and urban mobility landscape, Bangalore. 

A company that aptly describes itself as a new age Automotive Company in India, this maker of cutting edge EV’s did more than just mark its presence at the vastly regarded event. 

Pravaig explored the myriad possibilities and ideas that once held tightly by the palm of one’s hand can shape the future of urban mobility landscape, not just define its current context. 

Deep diving into a world of infinite possibilities that aim to put into practice an interesting string of ideas, such as – how a VR system can turn every vehicle into a moving theme park, how concepts of Blockchain and NFTs impact Urban Mobility, to quote some of the many, and how RoboTaxis are shaping are present- Pravaig forged ties with the dominant and rising names in the realm of Mobility. 

(more insights to follow) 

Why Pravaig’s Field Pack is a revolutionary offering in the Military space?

Pravaig Field pack

Imagine the military might of any country, regardless of whether it is a developed or a developing one, in the absence of weapons and equipment needed for warfare? 

Such a scenario, truthfully speaking, is entirely unimaginable- is it not? 

In a similar vein, can one imagine the high-tech military equipment and gadgets carried by any army or military without that precise product that can power or charge it? 

It just won’t function in the first place! 

Pravaig’s Field Pack is, factually speaking, an exceptionally powerful energy pack meant (or suitable) for all-terrain rugged operations whose primary function is to charge the vital military equipment and apparatus without which one cannot imagine modern militaries functioning in the first place. 

Having said that, what makes the Field Pack from the Bangalore-based exuberant company is the very fact that it is very powerful, to begin with.  

But that said, just how’s that? 

Pravaig Field Pack

With an energy output of 2.1 kWh and 12V stabilized output voltage, this is a handy military device that is quite irreplaceable. 

Furthermore, it is dust resistant. And besides, it is waterproof and has a pressure valve. All of that is just the tip of the iceberg; the Pravaig-built Field Pack is a really handy offering to the tactical forces that can conduct warfare in the desert, snow, and even arid or other challenging terrains.  

An ambitious offering meant for defense manufacturers and armies, and militaries, the Field Pack is completely made in India, which robustly furthers the country’s ambitions of making high-tech gadgets of enormous application in the realm of defense in the country. 

That’s also a major departure in that India has, until now, been heavily import-dependent where it comes to defense equipment procurement.  

How is Indian Oil playing its part in ensuring EV fast-tracking in India?

Of the many vital support systems and nutrients that the human body needs is water. Without it, no life is possible and none can be sustained. You’ve heard this a hundred thousand times across your life. Probably, it’s such a basic human fact that we may soon see memes being made out of it someday for such is the depravity of the human mind in this social media obsessing meme-making age. Right?

Similarly, without the tree, the big banyan tree, it is not possible to imagine there being any shade to guard the passerby or the exhausted from the blaring or screeching sunlight. In essence, that’s pretty much the role being played by the EV chargers in the life of the EV, i.e., the electric cars.

Without the charger, just what would the car do. When the human battery can phase out and tire us into exhaustion sans any rest, electric cars still are, power-driven beings. Their fuel is one that essentially fights ‘the’ fuel if you come to think of it. Right?

And in a bold and big way to step up the ante of fast-tracking EV adoption in India, one of Motherland’s famous homegrown creations, Indian Oil Corporation has come forward to do its bit. And this bit is actually a massive shot in the right direction. The direction is called the green mile.

So, what did the Indian Oil Corporation really do?

In making a formal announcement made recently by the famous energy sector player in the country that also happens to be a dominant player on the global stage, Indian Oil assured the nation that it would be setting up 10,000 EV charging stations all over India.

At this time, the need to mobilize a fuel-free, non-dependent-on-fuel future of India is vital. Old clichés to be conservative in one’s outlook where it comes to vehicles are redundant. They’ve waned out. Never previously before has India seen such alarming numbers where it comes to deaths being caused on account of pollution. The figures are ghastly and their aftermath, terrible realities of life.

Households have multiple cars. Cars are being sought and hence, being put to use for every small step. Nothing’s too rational. Impulse often seems to drive our decisions regarding car purchases.

In these times, efforts have to be made to be more conscientious about the world we cohabit, the world we inhabit, and rely on every single day for as long as we are.

Therefore, there’s an even greater need to push the EV agenda, and implicit in making this right call is to put charging stations out there. More beautiful and

impactful is that scenario where some leading entity well known to the wider ecosystem steps forward to espouse the big, bright cause. This is what Indian Oil has done. And hey, it must be lauded.

Honorable Mr. SM Vaidya, the current chairman had happened to share the following, “We need to give that extra fillip to the ambitions of the Prime Minister and the commitment that the country has made. So, this electric charging station is a small step for Indian Oil but it will be a giant leap for the EV system.”

Now that a leading, mainstream player in the energy cosmos has stepped forward, the key question is, can the others follow suit and help create an India that places the “Environment Quotient” at the heart of things?

Big step taken in December by Government toward fast-charging EV adoption!

Cricket match! And it’s eventuality- 2 teams, 22 players, wickets and runs, and eventually, the fate of the contest.

Gala dinner at a fancy restaurant! And it’s eventuality- a big meal, lots of snacks, cheese and wine, scrumptious delightful food, and in the end, delighted eaters and their gala time.

In a similar vein, come to think of an electric car- a charging facility, lots of money saved on there being no fuel or its need, and importantly- a reliable charger.

You need each one of the above to make an event or finality happen. Can’t do with one missing piece in the jigsaw.

And where it stands at present, then it’s that reliable charging facility, one of the most important constituents of the EV ecosystem, that’s creating wide buzz and perhaps rightly so.

Nothing more is ever needed by a country so incessantly marred by pollution and the rising toxicity than electric cars, rather more and more of its public to move about in EV(s).

The time to make the right decision has come. And there’s nothing to be gained by delaying the right call and its adoption. But gladly, in 2021, the government took vital decisions to fast-track EV adoption in the country.

So what was it?

In a major first, leading oil corporations such as the noted Indian Oil Corporation as well as the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited pledged to use their outlets by way of installing EV charging stations.

In that regard, what used to be an oil pump- should eventually- turn into a buzzword on the lips of the consumer: a charging station.

From the oil pump to the charging station, the big journey that promises a massive turnaround must succeed. India must hope for that actually. As many as 17,000 charging stations will be coming up in the course of the next few years at various outlets under Indian Oil and BPCL’s brands.

The fact that fast-tracking of charging infrastructure can only when the government installs various chargers at different points across the country is simple math. No rocket science in this.

In that regard, what’s important to note is that the center is planning to install as many as 70,000 EV chargers across the country. Meanwhile, here’s what a recent report in the Hindustan Times had to say: The Centre said that it aims to set up at least 22,000 EV charging stations, using the facility of 70,000 petrol pumps across the country.

What are Honda’s plans with EVs in the Indian market?

When you think of Honda, you immediately think of massively popular vehicle offerings into the Sedan and SUV space; names that have, over the course of the past few years become vital movers and shakers of a Japanese car brand built on the principles of trust, integrity, and ultimately- value for money.

Names like Honda Civic, City (modeled again and again on versatility and ever-evolving car design) that didn’t take long to become household names in India.

Today, frankly speaking, when one thinks of classic sedans that zipped in the urban clutter of India, you tend to get nostalgic by remembering the classic City model that dominated the roads in the 2000s.

Over the years, Honda has gone on to offer runaway successes in the Indian market with the likes of Accord, Civic, City, and Jazz.

But that’s not all!

Then Honda’s been ever so big in the two-wheeler space, with one of the biggest market updates from of this soon-to-draw-to-a-close 2021 suggesting that Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, sold no fewer than 2.64 million units as of  March this year. With this, the Indian market became number 1 again for the trust Japanese automaker in the Oceania region.

But against that narrative, a question that has often beckoned one’s attention is one pertaining to the future of the brand in India’s EV space. Just where does the EV factor weigh in Honda’s plans for India.

For starters, it helps to know that Honda’s futuristic plans for getting into the EV space in India are essential, at this moment, tied to a few key areas. One is a new facility in the realm of battery sharing and the other, a dependable electric scooter that is yet to be launched in India.

But having said that, let’s first understand some of the former. For now, it helps to know that as of December 1, 2021, Honda set up a purely brand new subsidiary by the name of Honda Power Pack Energy India Pvt Ltd, which besides offering a massive support system to the OEMs operating in the EV sphere will also help in carbon neutrality, such a huge aim for companies in India.

To understand what Honda’s first-of-its-kind battery sharing subsidiary’s offering in India, it helps to note what the revered Economic Times had to say:

“It is planned to start battery sharing service for electric auto-rickshaws (E-auto) from the first half of 2022 in Bengaluru, Karnataka and expand operations in other Indian cities in a phased manner,” the statement said.

In addition to the battery sharing service, the new company will closely work with multiple vehicle OEMs- those that aim to integrate Honda’s battery pack into their vehicles.”

So how will this pan out for those in the vehicle OEM space? How do they stand to be benefitted from Honda?

By expanding vehicle OEMs, applications, and service areas, it aims to onboard more drivers, which will further enhance service convenience, so shared the company’s sources in the country.

However, having said that, the next big step for the EV space in India sees Honda working ceaselessly to launch an electric scooter, which will be ready not before the next fiscal year.

While models like Honda Activa and Shine have already found a sweet spot among the Indian consumers, the yet-to-be-launched electric scooter, one reckons, will find focus soon as the firm is ready to roll out its EV magic on two wheels.

As a matter of fact, at the conclusion of the festive season of India in 2021, Honda was already working with its dealer partners to understand the feasibility run of the said scooter, which in layman terms refers to a test or trial run that helps cover divergent areas associated with the manufacturing and design- technology, among the salient features.

Atsushi Sogata, meanwhile, from the Honda stable further cemented the company’s stance on the product yet to arrive in the Indian market: In-depth details are yet to be finalized but “we have made a commitment to launch (EV product) within the next financial year”, he noted.