Call for UK Electric Vehicle innovators – Innovating for Clean Air (India) opportunities
UK businesses are being invited to submit an expression of interest to be involved in pilot projects aimed at accelerating electric vehicle (EV) integration in the Karnataka state capital city of Bengaluru in India.
Electric vehicle charging is one of the fastest-growing sectors with innovative business models emerging and already established in Karnataka. However, the space calls for more mobility platforms, battery swapping and grid management technologies to achieve Karnataka’s ambitious targets for electric vehicles. Find out more in our Karnataka Deep Dive.
About the Innovating for Clean Air programme
Increasing EV uptake and reducing air pollution are crucial, interrelated challenges for cities worldwide. Replacing petrol/diesel cars with electric vehicles could have a hugely positive impact on air quality and health, as well as supporting climate goals.
To address these challenges, in 2019 Energy Systems, Connected Places and Satellite Applications Catapults with collaborative partners in India, launched the Innovating for Clean Air project. Led by Energy Systems Catapult, the project was a two-year initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation and focused on the Karnataka state capital city of Bengaluru.
Energy Systems Catapult is looking to further develop existing and set up new, pilot projects in Bengaluru. We are calling on UK innovators to submit an expression of interest if their technology can enable or be incorporated into one of the potential pilot projects below.
Solar carport – Zero-Emission EV Charging Station
Earlier this year GreenEnco designed-developed-installed a charging station with solar power and battery storage at the Indian Institute of Science campus. We are looking to expand this pilot project by creating an app for booking, payment and dynamic pricing.
Logistics/Solid Waste Management
We are looking to work with zero emissions logistics/solid waste management vehicles to run a pilot to understand the behaviour and infrastructure requirements to optimize vehicle fleet operation. Technologies enabling improved vehicle performance can also be incorporated, for example, batteries and battery management systems.
Through the programme, an EV dashboard was developed, providing spatial and temporal data on electric vehicle use and charging to identify user practice and behaviours. We are looking to work with 2/3-wheeler electric vehicle fleets to collect vehicle operation data for transfer to the dashboard, with potential to also conduct user engagement.
A public sector organisation in-country is looking to work collaboratively with Indian and UK businesses to create a virtual tool (similar to the UK-based LEAR model developed by the UK Energy Systems Catapult)to understand the status of energy demand and infrastructure around a metro station in Bengaluru. It is envisaged that analysis from the tool could be used to inform decisions and plan infrastructure for the area, and potentially rolled out to other parts of the city.
Mobility on demand and Mobility-as-a-service platforms
We are looking to work with software businesses enabling mobility on demand and mobility-as-a-service platforms to enhance operations of electric vehicle fleets in Bengaluru. A pilot project would focus on the B2B2C market.
We are looking to engage with businesses offering network monitoring to ensure stability and security of the grid, with potential to explore flexibility services.
We are looking to engage with original equipment manufacturers offering 2- or 3-wheel vehicles, such as bikes and scooters, for last mile deliveries.