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BLive opens its New EV Experience Store in Hyderabad



BLive opened its fourth EV Experience store in the city at Malakpet Hyderabad. Hyderabad has three other EV experience stores at Pragathinagar, Hafeezpet and Bapu Nagar, respectively. The store is launched with the franchisee Shalini E-Motors.

With this store BLive takes a step further in its plans to set up at least 15 multi-brand stores spread across Hyderabad and other major cities in Telangana. The phenomenal growth of BLive aligns with its vision of reaching EVs to every household in India over the next few years. The EV sector pioneer aims to set up over 100 stores pan-India by 2023.

The BLive experience store offers a wide range of products for personal mobility and mobility solutions for businesses. Through the store, BLive aims to promote sustainable mobility to all its customers by showcasing multiple brands of electric two-wheelers (e2Ws), electric bicycles (e-bikes) and electric delivery vehicles all designed and manufactured by Indian brands. The new store also has an in-house quick service kiosk, battery swap facilities and EV charging infrastructure. This store also is a testimony to the fact that more and more people are investing in green mobility.

With the store, BLive brings everything related to E2W under one roof housing key brands like Kinetic Green, BattRE, LML – Detel, Techo Electra, Gemopai, E-Motorad, Hero Lectro and others. The store will also offer charging solutions, expert guidance on selecting the right EVs and post sales service packages. The store has a range of EVs for Businesses e.g. delivery vehicles for e-commerce companies, food delivery vehicles and more. BLive Experience Stores bring together an online and physical experience to help consumers experience EVs and understand EVs before purchase.

Sharing his thoughts on the launch of the fourth store in the city, Samarth Kholkar, Co-Founder, BLive, said, “We started our journey of physical multi-brand store from Hyderabad and today we are launching our fourth store here. The response that we have got here is really encouraging. Today more people are open to the idea of multi-brand franchise model, and we have a loyal franchise base here. BLive is on a mission to create awareness, drive accessibility and affordability of EVs to help customers transition seamlessly to EV. We want to help consumers experience and buy EV of their choice and make the switch to EV smooth”.

BLive is on the journey to bring clean mobility closer to customers and with every store launch in the city, it is taking one step closer to that goal. The store gives the customers a hands-on EV experience and offers a variety of brands and designs to customers like roadside assistance, easy finance options, comprehensive service packages and e-mobility spares parts.

Speaking about BLive’s plans, Sandeep Mukherjee, Co-Founder, BLive said, Today EV adoption is happening at a great pace in India. At BLive, we endeavour to engage and educate consumer through our multiformat touch points. The key to accelerating adoption is through information and accessibility. The consumer today is more aware and is willing to make the switch to green mobility. With our platform and experience stores, we will continue to raise awareness and adoption of EV.”

Commenting on the partnership, Kothi Dayakar Reddy said, “We are excited to partner with BLive and bring another multi-brand store in Hyderabad. With increasing pollution and high fuel costs EV’s are the future of transport and we are happy to bring means of to that by partnering with BLive.”

The fast-paced digital-first start up is focused on launching EV Experience stores and driving deeper penetration in tier-2 and tier-3 cities where customers struggle with lack of knowledge and options for clean mobility. BLive also looks forward to associating with more partners via a franchise model to promote the message of sustainable mobility through accelerated EV adoption.

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World’s Fastest Charging 3-Wheeler Launched



Exponent Energy has announced a partnership with Altigreen Propulsion Labs, a leading electric commercial vehicle manufacturer, to make rapid charging a reality for eCVs on Indian roads. They unveiled the fastest charging electric 3-wheeler that rapid charges from0-100% battery capacity within 15 minutes.

The Exponent Enabled Altigreen neEV HD has an 8.19 kWh e^pack – a proprietary battery by Exponent. The vehicle delivers a city drive range of 80-85 kms and charges up in 15 minutes at Exponent’s e^pump network. This is achieved by the e^pump delivering 600A of current to the e^pack (15x industry standard) while managing individual cell characteristics including thermals to ensure safety, long battery life, and performance consistency even at 50 degrees Celsius. 

Speaking about the first-ever 15-minute rapid charging deployment for CVs, Dr. Amitabh Saran, Founder & CEO, Altigreen Propulsion Labs, said, “At Altigreen, we are constantly looking to push the boundaries of innovation for both vehicles and technology. Our focus has always been the driver; our endeavour is to exceed their expectations and that’s why we are industry leaders in driving range, ground clearance, volumetric load capacity and vehicle speed. This partnership with Exponent will now make us the fastest charging 3-wheeler that offers flexibility and freedom to our customers, and helps them earn even more.” 

With a fresh round of INR 300 Cr investment led by Sixth Sense Ventures, Reliance New Energy, Xponentia Capital, and others, Altigreen is aggressively ramping up its R&D and production capabilities while developing a robust pan-India distribution network to offer the best and cleanest last-mile transportation. The same will be used to offer the benefits of Exponent’s 15-minute rapid charging across India.

Elaborating on the partnership, Arun Vinayak, Co-founder & CEO, Exponent Energy said, “For all of India to go electric, EVs need to charge faster and last longer. Our e^pack & e^pump make this possible with 15-minute rapid charging and 3000 cycle life warranty (a new industry standard). By being cell agnostic, we can leverage the existing manufacturing ecosystem that produces LFP and NMC cells extensively, and scale much faster. Altigreen’s engineering first approach gave us the confidence to work with them and made us realise they are the best partners for us. Hats off to engineers at both Exponent and Altigreen for making rapid charging not only a concept but a roadworthy reality in such a short period of time.”

Exponent has collected data for thousands of charging cycles (equivalent to many lakhs of kms) in 18 months of e^pack’s evolution. After 6 months of joint development and on-road testing with Altigreen, the solution has reached maturity to hit the market. Some of the milestones include 5 back-to-back rapid charge cycles on a vehicle for a 400-km run in a single day; and clocking over 10,000 km of city-driving in a 40 day period! 

With their recent fundraise that included the family office of Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, and CEO, Hero MotoCorp, Exponent Energy is ramping up its e^pack production and setting up 100 e^pumps across Bengaluru in its first leg. Other cities will follow, in association with Altigreen.

Exponent Energy has raised$6mn so far from prominent investors such as Motherson Group, a leading global supplier of automotive components along with YourNest VC, 3one4 Capital, AdvantEdge VC, and angel investors Rajesh Yabaji, Co-founder & CEO, BlackBuck, Pushkar Singh, Co-founder & CEO, LetsTransport.

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Upgrade Your Car Audio Experience with Sony’s Latest Mobile ES Amplifiers



Sony India announced the newest additions to its premium Mobile ES car amplifier line-up, XM-5ES, XM-4ES, and XM-1ES. With high-quality sound and seamless usability, Sony’s latest car audio offerings deliver a superior entertainment experience.

Mobile ES Line-up Overview

  1. XM-5ES: Mobile ES 5-channel Power Amplifier
  2. XM-4ES: Mobile ES 4-channel Power Amplifier
  3. XM-1ES: Mobile ES Mono Power Amplifier

Here are the key product highlights:

  • High-resolution Audio compatible (XM-5ES/XM-4ES only) to enjoy studio-quality sound
  • With a variety of speaker configurations, the ES series boosts in-car music with its high-power output
  • Sony Mobile ES series brings many years of Sony’s digital amplifier engineering expertise
  • The Mobile ES series uses premium components to deliver superior sound
  • Introducing high-quality speaker terminal with Hex-key screws
  • Experience sturdy build with an aluminium frame and solid bottom plate
  • Controls are easy to understand and use and allow for intuitive operation
  • Get full stereo frequency range with single summing combining pre-filtered audio signals
  • Seamless installation for pass through and combining channels in either stereo or mono modes

Price and Availability:

The new line-up will be available at select premium car dealers across India.

ModelBest Buy (in INR)Availability Date
XS-1ES45,990/-6th July,2022 onwards
XM-4ES45,990/-6th July,2022 onwards
XM-5ES75,990/-August 2022 onwards

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Renault Celebrates Its 50,000th Unit of Kiger with Stealth Black Variant



Renault has rolled out the 50,000th Renault KIGER from its plant in Chennai. Staying true to its commitment to keep building on the success of the Renault KIGER and to celebrate this milestone, Renault India has introduced a new Stealth Black exterior colour in the Renault KIGER range.

According to Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations, “Offering a strong value proposition in terms of distinctive design, smart features, leading safety, quality and performance, Renault KIGER has found widespread acceptance among its customers.

It has proved its mettle in the most competitive compact SUV segment in India and the 50,000th production milestone, despite the pandemic and ongoing semiconductor crisis, is yet another testament to the success of Renault KIGER in this challenging segment.

This Sporty, Smart & Stunning SUV is an important contributor to our progress in India and has been instrumental in placing India among Renault’s top five global markets. We are confident that Renault KIGER will continue to garner tremendous customer response and further bolster the brand’s growth in India and overseas.”

An outcome of a collaboration between the design teams in France and India, the Renault KIGER is the third global car that was launched in India first, before it being introduced globally. Following its successful launch in India in 2021, the sub-four meter B-SUV is now also available to customers in South Africa, Indonesia, East African Region, (Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia) Seychelles, Mauritius, Nepal, Bhutan, Bermuda and Brunei.

Renault recently enhanced the value proposition of the Renault KIGER with the introduction of MY22 edition. Available in two engine options 1.0L Energy Engine in MT & EASY-R AMT transmissions and 1.0L Turbo in MT & X-TRONIC CVT transmissions, the Renault KIGER offers enhanced driving experience and comfort with Wireless Smartphone Charge and Cruise Control functions.

The Renault KIGER MY22 Turbo range features New Tailgate Chrome Insert, Front Skid Plate, TURBO Door Decals along with 40.64 cm Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels with Red Wheel Caps, making the exteriors more stunning and sporty . Additionally, the Renault KIGER range will be now available in a new colour option – Stealth Black in the RXT(0) and RXZ variants in both engine options. Renault KIGER boasts of best-in-class colour range offering seven attractive colours with an option of four Dual-tone combinations.

Renault KIGER is one of the most affordable offerings in the compact SUV segment with cost-effective maintenance. Renault KIGER has been recognized with multiple awards in the compact SUV category, highlighting its success in the Indian market. Powered by a world-class turbocharged 1.0L petrol engine, it not only offers more performance and a sporty drive, but also boasts best-in-segment fuel efficiency of 20.5 KM/L.

Renault KIGER is compliant with all the current safety requirements for the Indian market and even goes beyond to protect both passengers and pedestrians. Recently, the Renault KIGER has been awarded with the 4-Star Safety Rating for Adult occupant safety by Global NCAP, the foremost global car assessment programme.

For driver & front passenger safety, the Renault KIGER comes equipped with four airbags – front and side along with seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load-limiter (for driver occupant). It also hosts a range of safety features such as ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors, which ensure safety while driving on the road. Additionally, Renault KIGER also features an impact sensing door unlock, speed sending door lock, 60/40 split rear row seat with adjustable headrests, and ISOFIX anchorage for child seat.

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