Topic: electric car batteries
Policy on battery swapping for EVs is being formulated by NITI Aayog, while Bureau of Indian Standards is working on the parameters the batteries will have to meet.
The more drivers know about their options — & the more govts can address worries about how far EVs can travel — the less likely they'll be to resort to old, fossil-fuel-driven habits.
Lithium-Ion batteries first appeared commercially in 1990s and are now the go-to choice to power everything from mobile phones to electric vehicles.
In contrast to lithium-ion, sodium-ion batteries have a lower energy density, run better at cooler temperatures & have a greater life span, making them a better long-term investment.
Whether it's Karnataka-Maharahstra or Assam-Meghalaya, Modi govt's reluctance to get dragged into border disputes is self-defeating.
The rupee was down 0.5% to the dollar and has been an underperformer among Asian peers. The offshore Chinese yuan was up 0.9%, leading Asian currencies higher.
The arms export embargoes on Moscow could create an opportunity for Beijing to supply arms to countries like Myanmar, which are heavily dependent on Russian arms.
Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.