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IOCL Joined with Panasonic for Manufacturing Lithium-ion cells

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 02-04-2024
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Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) has partnered with Panasonic Energy to create a joint venture for producing lithium-ion cells in India. 

  • This collaboration is in response to the expected increase in demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage solutions in the country. 
  • The partnership was announced on Sunday following an initial understanding between the two companies in January about lithium-ion cell production. 
  • The joint venture seeks to take advantage of India's ambitious net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2070. 
  • Lithium-ion batteries are critical components in both EVs and renewable energy storage systems. 
  • India aims to sell over 10 million EVs annually by 2030, according to the Indian government's Economic Survey, resulting in a significant increase in demand for these batteries. 
  • By locally producing lithium-ion cells, the IOC-Panasonic Energy joint venture aims to assist India in transitioning to sustainable mobility and energy solutions. 
  • The collaboration will leverage IOC's vast refining and distribution capabilities, combined with Panasonic's battery technology expertise. 
  • The location and production capacity of the lithium-ion battery plant have yet to be revealed. 
  • However, the partnership is expected to make a significant contribution to India's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and promote the adoption of clean energy technologies. 
  • Collaborations such as this between industry giants are critical for accelerating the development and deployment of renewable energy solutions as the world moves toward a more sustainable future.

About Lithium 

  • Lithium is primarily used in the production of electronics, particularly in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are utilized for electric vehicle manufacturing as well as battery storage on a larger scale.

India's recent Lithium reserve discovery

  • The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has recently identified significant lithium reserves of 5.9 million tonnes in the Salal-Haimana region of the Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). 
  • Additionally, lithium has also been discovered in Revant Hill of Degana, Nagaur of Rajasthan. 
  • Currently, India is heavily dependent on imports for all major components required for lithium-ion cell manufacturing. 
  • Due to the sharp increase in demand, India has spent approximately US$ 20.64 million on lithium-based imports in the first eight months of FY 2022-23. 
  • However, the discovery of lithium reserves in the Reasi district is expected to significantly decrease India's dependence on lithium imports, thereby boosting the country's self-sufficiency in this area.


Answer: Panasonic

Answer: Salal-Haimana region of the Reasi district

Answer: Batteries for electric vehicle

Answer: Revant Hill of Degana, Nagaur of Rajasthan
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