India's largest private enterprise, Tata Group, is strengthening its presence in the new energy sector.
Foreign media reported that Tata Motors announced the development of a new powertrain technology - Ziptron. The technology includes a high efficiency permanent magnet AC motor and a dust and water resistant lithium ion battery system that meets the IP67 standard.
Shailesh Chandra, head of the electric vehicle division at Tata Motors, said the company plans to provide an eight-year warranty on future electric and battery systems, and the new powertrain system will address the car's cruising mileage anxiety. Electric vehicles with Ziptron technology have a range of up to 250km.
As the largest private enterprise in India, Tata Group has continuously increased its layout in the new energy field in recent years, with the intention of taking the lead in the new energy market in India.
In addition to the development of electric vehicles, Tata is also deploying lithium battery manufacturing, recycling of used lithium batteries and power battery systems to create a sustainable EV ecosystem.
In November 2018, Tata Chemicals, a subsidiary of Tata Group, announced a partnership with the Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR) to invest in lithium-ion batteries. The company also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). According to the MOU, the lithium-ion battery technology developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center will be transferred to Tata Chemical.
The company plans to build a $580 million production facility in the Dholera industrial area of Gujarat. Tata Chemicals has acquired 126 acres of land for the production of lithium-ion batteries for the project.
Currently, Tata Chemicals has committed to invest Rs 400 crore to build a 10 GWh lithium-ion battery plant in the Dholera Special Investment Zone (DSIR) in Gujarat, which will be the first time Tata is involved in lithium-ion battery production.
Jai Prakash Shivahare, Managing Director of Dholera Industrial City Development Co., Ltd. (DICDL), said that the company [Tata Chemical] will build 1.7 GW of capacity in the first phase, with an investment of 750-1000 rupees and then increase with demand. Extend it to 10GW.
In addition to the self-built lithium battery factory, Tata AutoComp, a subsidiary of Tata Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with China's lithium battery manufacturer Guoxuan Hi-Tech, and the two companies intend to establish a lithium battery pack company in India. The joint venture will focus on the design, development, validation and manufacture of battery modules and battery packs, as well as battery management systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
Recently, Tata Chemicals also announced the business of recycling cathode materials from used lithium batteries. The business will be carried out at a factory near Mumbai and has successfully recycled lithium batteries. Tata Chemicals is expanding its capacity to form the capacity to recycle 500 tons of used lithium batteries.
Tata Chemical said that the company's lithium-ion battery recycling technology is at the leading level in the industry and can recover valuable metals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese with a purity of over 99%.