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Lithium Ion Batteries manufactured by ISRO may see commercial applications

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Commercialization of ISRO’s lithium-ion battery technology under the ‘Make in India’ initiative has been recommended by cabinet secretary PK Sinha. This comes as a result of the NDA government’s push to make electric vehicles in India mainstream.

And to give a boost to the charging infrastructure that will support the electric vehicle fleet, the committee of secretaries has urged the power ministry to initiate “requisite power tariff and access policies”.

The panel has advised that “ISRO may consider transferring” its lithium-ion battery technology used in electric vehicles to interested parties on a “non- discriminatory basis for commercialisation with Make in India condition”, after obtaining approval of the space commission and other authorities.

The NITI Aayog in October last year announced the setting up of large lithium ion battery manufacturing plants. However, that is yet to see any considerable advancements. As of now, lithium-ion batteries are not manufactured commercially in India due to lack of infrastructure and skilled labour.

To curb vehicular pollution and bring down the Rs7 trillion annual crude oil import bill, the government is emphasising the need for vehicles run on alternative fuel, including electric vehicles.

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