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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

Electric vehicles in India should have an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System loud enough to alert pedestrians and those nearby, according to new norms proposed by the Automotive Industry Standards Committee (AISC) under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The proposed standards cover four-wheelers used for carrying passengers and those for carrying goods. Car manufacturers will have to ensure that the design of their vehicles is altered appropriately once these draft standards are approved by the permanent Central Motor Vehicles Rules Technical Standing Committee (CMVR-TSC).

India Energy Storage Alliance signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre to focus on the raw materials supply chain for advanced battery manufacturing in India. According to the IEA forecast, by 2040, India will be one of the largest battery energy storage markets. Australia, which is the largest critical mineral producer, the sector will be able to provide the necessary boost to India’s battery manufacturing sector. IESA expects six to eight gigafactories to come up in the next 3- 5 years. The partnership will help utilize the rich reserves of critical minerals, including lithium-ion and others in Western Australia, for this purpose.

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Motor Group set to collaborate on bringing all-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cell technology to the advanced air mobility (AAM) market. The partnership will leverage Rolls-Royce’s aviation and certification capabilities and Hyundai Motor Group’s hydrogen fuel cell technologies and industrialization capability. The deal includes five collaboration targets – technology development and requirements of power and propulsion systems for Hyundai’s Advanced Air Mobility Division; industrialization of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion systems for the Advanced Air Mobility market; development of electric propulsion systems based upon hydrogen fuel cells as an energy source for Hyundai’s RAM platforms; introduce joint fuel-cell electric propulsion system to the wider AAM market; delivering a joint fuel-cell electric aircraft demonstration by 2025.


Volkswagen Group Innovation, charging solutions provider Elli and energy grids operating systems builder Energy Web developed a new smart charging solution enabling EV owners. The solution will help charge the vehicles with renewable electricity matched directly with the vehicle’s real-time electricity consumption. It relies on a 24*7 matching algorithm that optimizes charging to maximize the use of clean, locally sourced electricity and provides users with unprecedented control and granularity over EV charging. Through the solution, users can dictate the date and time of charging, the desired level of charge by the end of their session, and the renewable energy facility the electricity is drawn from.

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn inked an agreement with NXP Semiconductors to jointly develop platforms for a new generation of smart connected vehicles. Foxconn will leverage the semiconductor company’s ‘NXP S32’ processors to offer connectivity solutions for gateways and vehicle networking control while advancing secure car access with ultra-wideband and Bluetooth Low Energy. The two companies will also work on safe automated driving augmented by NXP’s leading radar solutions. NXP will offer hardware and software support and leverage its well-rounded third-party ecosystem’s expertise in electrification, connectivity, and automation.