Isro of­fers e-ve­hi­cle cell tech­nol­ogy to firms for 1cr

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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.”

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