Isro offers e-vehicle cell technology to firms for 1cr
New Delhi: Intending to give a boost to the Centre’s push for electric vehicles, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has offered the industry its indigenously developed lithium ion cell technology at a cost of Rs 1 crore for its use in automobiles. The initiative is expected to promote the government’s zero emission policy.
Talking to TOI, Isro chairman K Sivan said, “Isro, in close coordination with the Nitin Gadkari-led road and transport ministry and Niti Aayog, has been working on the process of technology transfer for the last one year. Now, any genuine Indian company which is qualified and has the capability to mass-produce lithium-ion cells will be transferred the technology for Rs 1crore. Being a sophisticated technology, we have to be careful in choosing the industrial house.”
Sivan clarified that “foreign companies will not be given the technology, and the patent for it will remain with Isro”. He hopes the “technology transfer process will be completed in a month”.
On e-vehicle cells, he said, “Isro has developed four types of cells. Out of the four cells, the agency had allowed Automotive Research Association of India to use 50Ah and 100Ah cells for developing prototypes of an e-scooter and an e-car.”