Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Friday, 29 June 2018

OK , TATA !





For decades now , we have seen this salutation painted behind many trucks plying on Indian roads



Before long , expect those roadside painters to start painting , on backs of Electric Vehicles :



ONE  TATA  !



Following  news report will explain :




Summary of how TATA Group plans  to meet every need of EV ( Electric Vehicle ) buyers :



*   Tata Motors    >   will offer the vehicle ( electric , of course )



*   Tata  Power    >    will set up battery charging stations



*   Tata Realty     >    will help build physical infrastructure , depots, or dedicated
                                electric vehicle stations



*   Tata  Finance  >   will offer financing or leasing solutions



*   TCS                 >   will help develop an app or software platform  [  Internet of


                                   [  Both at the customer end and at the Company end / Offer
                                    backend support ]






Tata Motors MD , Guenter Butschek told ET :



“ The concept of  ONE  TATA  emerged when the company tried to send its ELECTRIC BUS idea for State Transport undertakings .



The State Utilities asked for a COMPLETE SOLUTION and were willing to pay for use of services



When we looked around , we said, this group can be of great value and can jointly leverage a new opportunity in the market and this is a multi-billion market in the mid to long term if we just join forces .



And , we started to build according to the tender requirements as a consortium



The same can be applied in PVs ( Passenger Vehicles ) as well



( We ) can offer ‘ complete peace of mind ‘ solution, including :



#   Apps for employees to track their pick up or drop time , travel time



That too in a protective environment which is predictable , doing away with issues on
 RANGE or CHARGE challenges 





Although , in the past few months , I have sent several emails to EESL , trying to persuade it to modify its existing order on TATA / M&M ( 10,000 Electric Cars ) to a LEASING CONTRACT , I think ONE TATA would convince him of the feasibility / practicality / frugality of my suggestion



Ready Reference :







30  June  2018




Thursday, 28 June 2018

#EV #ElectricVehicle #FAME #AutoIndustry


Electric  Vehicles  : How to Kick Start



LiveMint  ( 29 June ) carries following news :



Panel backs sops for firms building EV charging points

Highlights of recommendations made by the Committee  :


[ A ]

Expenses incurred by manufacturing companies in setting up charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) across the country should be considered an activity within the ambit of corporate social responsibility (CSR)


[ B  ]

The committee’s report also said that higher depreciation on electric vehicles is required [  50%, against the current 15%  , for a period of 5 years ]


[ C  ]

Weighted deductions for investments in the electric mobility space.



[  D  ]


Discounted rate of lending for acquisition of electric vehicles,



[  E  ]

Further tightening of fuel efficiency norms






I am happy that these recommendations coincide with some ( though not all ) of the suggestions that I made in my following email to the Cabinet Ministers / NITI Aayog :


 PIYUSH PLAN ?  [  27  March  2016  ]




This email covers my suggestions in respect of :


  #   TIME  FRAME  for  CHANGE-OVER

 #    DISPOSAL  OF  EXISTING  VEHICLES

  #      CHARGING  STATIONS

 #    FINANCING

 #    INCENTIVE  FOR  CAR  MANUFACTURERS  AND  CAR  OWNERS

 #    GENERAL / GLOBAL  INCENTIVES





Apart from this , I sent following suggestions :




#   Technology for Rapid Charging of Lithium-ion Batteries  [ 15  Aug  2016  ]


 


#   Introduction of “ Bike Share Taxies “  [ 18 Aug  2016  ]




  
#   Abolition of Corporate Income Tax for EV Eco-System  [  22  Sept  2016  ]





#   For a paradigm shift , invite TESLA   [  10  Feb  2017  ]





#   Battery Charging through Induction Power Transfer at Bus Stops  [ 28 April 2017 ]




#   Solar Panels charging Li-ion Batteries of Electric Cars  [  04  May  2017  ]






#    Incentivizing E-Vehicles through REVERSE  TOLL on highways  [  07 May 2017 ]





#   “ Owning  vs  Leasing “ of  5 Lakh Electric  Cars for Government  [  16  Aug  2017  ]





#    EV ‘s  impact  on  Environment  [  17  Aug  2017  ]




#   Light Load Carrying ( LLC ) Bicycle Overhead Tracks ( BOT )  [  03  Sept  2017  ]





#    Invite  the  Dutch – and the German  [  16  Oct  2017  ]





#     Reduce  GST  on Lithium-ion Batteries  [  02 Nov  2017  ]





#    E Car selling for 70 % of Petrol Car price  ?  [  07  Nov  2017  ]






#     Tax  Incentives  for  Electric  Cars  [  20  Dec  2017  ]





#    Summary  of  All  these  Suggestions  [  27  Dec  2017  ]






29  June  2018




Wednesday, 27 June 2018

#EESL #EV #ElectricCars


EESL :  a  wake  up  time  ?



Following report appeared yesterday :




WHY  ?

Electric cars of Tata Motors and Mahindra—the Tata Tigor electric and Mahindra e-Verito, respectively—procured by EESL for government officials failed to run even 80-82km ona single charge withincity limits ( tender specifications )



CONTEXT  :

*  Against first tender of EESL for 10,000 electric cars , only 150 have been delivered so
   far . No clue re delivery of the rest  which were due for delivery by Oct 2017  !
*   Even in Delhi , there are hardly any Battery Charging Stations
*   Second tender ( for 10,000 cars ) is held up for past 3 months since a few Ministries
     are still fighting with each other re specifications for future Battery Charging Stations
*   Within 4 years , EESL wants to replace the entire fleet of government departments (
     approx. 5 lakh petrol / diesel cars ) , with electric cars ( ie ; 10,000 e cars to be
     delivered every month for the next 50 months ! At a cost of Rs 50,000 CRORE  ! )
*   EESL is charging ( to those govt departments ) , a lease rent of approx. Rs 19.2 / km
*  But the way the govt departments are protesting ( against the poor performance of
    already delivered cars ), I seriously doubt whether EESL can manage to perform
    against commitment it has made to those departments !
    If a mere 150 cars can turn out to be a “ headache “ , imagine what managing of 5
    lakh cars can do to EESL !
    It will surely turn into a “ nightmare “ !  Even an obituary for EESL  ! A scam in
    making ?
*   It is still not too late for EESL to read all of my previous emails ( listed below ) and
    re-write the balance contract / order into a “ Lease Agreement “ with TATA / M&M
    Not only will EESL save unproductive investment of thousands of crores of rupees , it
    will get a far better / superior “ SERVICE “ from TATA / M&M , since they will get paid
    only when their cars run and only for the km they run !
    Not only their “ Lease Rent “ could be as low as Rs 6 / km , they would ensure :
    #   Plenty of their own battery charging stations , in each and every city
    #   Very reliable drivers-cum-technicians ( English - speaking graduates )
    #   One “ standby / spare “ car for every 5 cars leased to EESL

Ref :

28  June  2018




Friday, 22 June 2018

National Digital Communications Policy







DoT ( Department of Communications ) had released a DRAFT for this policy on May 01



Here are the highlights :


*  Investment target…………………………….. $ 100  Billion in digital communication by 2022


*  Universal Broadband………………………..  50 mbps


*  Gram-Panchayat connectivity……………  1 gbps by 2020  /  10 gbps by 2022


*  Connectivity to Key Development Institutions………. 100 mbps


*  Gram Panchayats to be covered………… 250,000 by March 2019


*  Public Wi Fi hot spots………………………..  5 million by 2020  /  10 million by 2022


                                                                           Wi Fi hot spots to be available for
                                                                           the public in rural areas
                                                                           and  will also connect social
                                                                           institutions such as ,
                                                                           #   Police  Stations

                                                                           #   Primary Health Centres

                                                                           #   Schools

                                                                           #   Post  Offices 



Source :





Shri Ravi Shankar Prasadji  ,



Congratulations for your bold vision and your meticulous , time-bound implementation , to turn India into a DIGITIZED INDIA



I believe The Telecom Commission will be meeting on 29 June to approve the draft of this policy



While approving the policy , I urge you to keep in mind the suggestions that I made in my email dated 04 Oct 2016






Extract from my E Mail :



In my yesterday's blog

* “ Slow and Steady wins the Race / 03 Oct 2016 “ ,

and in earlier blog,

* “ If Mohamed cannot Go to Mountain / 26 July 2015 “ ,


I had suggested allowing 1.3 million schools of India to lease out their premises at night ( 6 pm to 6 am ) , for private parties to set up Call Centers ( BPOs )


Also enabling them with 100 mbps  Internet broadband connections ( of course , FREE )


Idea was to reduce investment in setting up of BPOs by " round-the-clock " utilization of , otherwise idle assets


That logic could be extended to many similar under-utilized public assets such as :


#   2,25,000  Gram Panchayat offices ( all getting internet connection )


#   1,45,000  Post Offices ( also getting internet connection under Payment Bank
     scheme )


#   Lakhs of Government offices ( Central / State / Municipal / PSUs etc )


#   Lakhs of branches of Public Sector Banks



22  June  2018