May 3, 2018

India’s Supreme Court urges automakers to launch electric vehicle

Electric Vehicles
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Supreme Court in India has asked automakers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs), as the nation struggles to reduce diesel pr...

The Supreme Court in India has asked automakers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs), as the nation struggles to reduce diesel prices in a bid to tackle pollution.

The request prompted responses that discovered that as many as 22 new electric vehicles will be brought to the Indian market.

Companies such as Mahindra and Tata Motors are leading the transition and encouraging EV production, the court discovered.

“Electric vehicles are coming in a big way in India. 22 models of various manufacturers will be in the market very soon," a lawyer informed the court.


“Tell your clients (manufacturers) to switch (to electric),” the Supreme Court responded.

The Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) argues that there was not enough supporting infrastructure in India to manufacture EVs, nor enough charging points to sustain them.

“All kinds of electric cars are being manufactured in other countries but you are saying it is not possible in the country,” the bench, including Justices Madan B Lokur and U Deepak Gupta, informed SIAM

“You are perhaps not ready to invest money in manufacturing battery-operated vehicles.”

“Ask your client to switch over to manufacturing battery run vehicles.”

“If other companies can manufacture in foreign countries then you can also do it here.”

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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