Jun 9, 2020

MG Motor partners with Tata Power on India’s EV future

William Girling
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Legacy brand MG Motor India has released details of its collaboration with Tata Power to deliver the future of EV (electric vehicle) infrastructure...

Legacy brand MG Motor India has released details of its collaboration with Tata Power to deliver the future of EV (electric vehicle) infrastructure.

A signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two companies will see Tata deploy 50KW DC chargers - providing 100 miles of power from a charge of roughly 30 minutes - at select MG dealerships, as well as end-to-end charging points throughout India.

Viewed as part of MG’s long-term focus on EV product development, the CCS / CHAdeMO chargers will be compatible with the company’s own MG ZS EV model and all other cars with a similar standard.

Creating synergy

India has an estimated 150mn drivers on the road today, making it potentially one of the largest EV markets in the world. However, recent surveys have shown that a very small portion of these (one article states as little as 8,000) actually desire an EV.

Issues commonly associated with converting are similar to other countries: affordability, practicality and lack of EV charging infrastructure are persistent image problems which the industry must overcome.

Rajeev Chaba, President and MD of MG Motor India, stated that making the case for eco-friendly transportation had become its goal; one which it would promote change through collaboration and a shared vision:

“Further strengthening our commitment to India, we aim to provide our customers with a robust charging ecosystem to promote the adoption of cleaner and greener mobility solutions.

“With a partner like Tata Power, a renowned major in the field of power, we are confident that we will create a distinct synergy together,” he said.

Affirming this positive relationship, Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD of Tata Power, added that the joint effort would bring about an optimal result for consumers in India:

“We are delighted to associate with MG Motor India as an end-to-end EV charging partner and also to work on a second-life of battery usage in future. As India’s leading integrated player in the EV charging space, we aim to provide customers with a seamless charging experience.

“We are confident that this partnership with MG Motor will further boost our country’s ability to adopt the electrified range of vehicles that MG Motor has to offer.”

Exploring the possibilities

With the Indian automotive industry projected to be worth between USD$251bn to $283bn by 2026, this new partnership is certainly developing fertile ground for investment.

MG India has already installed 10 50KW DC chargers at its dealerships in New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, with more cities on the horizon.

Tata Power has been even more prolific: 180+ ‘EZ Charge’ brand charging points in 19 cities, with a seamless digital interface to make the customer experience simple, intuitive and smooth.

Between the two companies, they are gradually helping India to move away from the internal combustion engine and towards a fully EV market. Laying the infrastructure to make it possible will be key and this exactly what MG-Tata intends to do.

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Jul 30, 2021

Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector

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The UK’s nascent marine energy sector starts exporting electricity to the grid as the most powerful tidal turbine in the world begins to generate power

Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre

At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable. 

How optimistic is the outlook for the UK’s turbine bid?

Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.” 

“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement. 

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.

“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government. 

“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.

“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”

However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future. 

We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.” 

The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours

This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly

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