The partnership aims to provide Log9’s fast-charging advanced battery solution RapidX for EKA’s new energy vehicles, including the recently-launched pure electric bus range, EKA E9 EKA E9, and the soon-to-be-launched range of light commercial vehicles, the company said.
New Delhi: EKA, an electric vehicles and technology company, and a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries Limited, has entered into a long-term strategic collaboration, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the Bengaluru-headquartered advanced battery technology startup Log9 Materials.
The partnership is to provide Log9’s fast-charging advanced battery solution RapidX for EKA’s new energy vehicles, including the recently-launched pure electric bus range, EKA E9, and the soon-to-be-launched range of light commercial vehicles, the company said in a press release.
According to the company, Log9’s RapidX batteries are the first-of-its-kind in India for electric buses and LCVs that come with 15-years warranty, and long cycle life (of greater than 15,000 charge-discharge cycles). They are powered by InstaCharge battery technology which enables charging time of less than 30 minutes on both the LCV and e-Bus platforms of EKA.
The LCVs and e-Buses powered by Log9’s batteries will be made available in the market at scale in the next 3 to 6 months. Following the launch of respective vehicle platforms, as a part of the collaboration, EKA and Log9 plan to deploy at least 10,000 InstaCharged LCVs and 200 e-Buses within a year. The vehicles will be deployed initially in Mumbai and Pune Metropolitan regions, and later in other metros, the company added.
Akshay Singhal, founder and CEO, Log9 Materials, said, “We are happy and proud to partner with EKA by Pinnacle Mobility Solutions to integrate our RapidX batteries for the first time into EKA’s Electric Bus and LCV trucks that will be particularly useful for intercity logistics and movement purposes. Log9’s RapidX batteries will enable InstaCharging these vehicles in under 30 minutes, which in turn will lead to less waiting times or downtime and increased vehicle utilization on roads while offering optimum Power, Performance and Peace of Mind for the end-users. We are confident that this long-term partnership between Log9 and EKA will go a long way to revolutionize EVs in India, while in parallel furthering our mission of Pioneering Responsible Energy and promoting zero-emission electric mobility.”
Sudhir Mehta, Chairman, EKA and Pinnacle Industries Limited, said, “We are pleased to announce this new strategic alliance with Log9, a leading Indian battery technology company. At EKA, we are committed to providing a solid platform for sustainable, efficient, reliable public and commercial transport in cities, and our collaboration with Log9 is another step to strengthen our commitment. We look forward to creating a new ecosystem in global CV electric mobility that is equipped with powerful technology for mass adaptation. I am confident that both EKA and Log9 will put India on the global roadmap for creating revolutionary new energy commercial vehicles and solutions equipped with best-in-class battery technology. EV adoption is no more a choice but a necessity and with such collaborations, we will be able to transform the sector to greater heights.”
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