Travancore Titanium Products Ltd. (TTP), Thiruvananthapuram, India, a public-sector undertaking under the State government of Kerala, and pioneer manufacturer and distributor of titanium dioxide anatase grade pigment, is foraying into the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV). TTP has developed lithium trinitrate, the main raw material for Li-ion batteries, The Hindu reports.
Talks were on with the Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (KDISC) for proceeding with the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries at the TTP, Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan said.
It is for the first time that a public-sector unit in the country is manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. The TTP’s research wing developed the main raw material using indigenous technology. The tests held at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and the Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Chennai, have confirmed the quality of the developed material.
The Kerala State targets a million electric vehicles by 2022 and a pilot fleet of 2,00,000 two-wheelers, 50,000 three wheelers, 1,000 goods carriers, 3,000 buses and 100 ferry boats by 2020 to be part of the EV bandwagon.