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07Feb

E Mobility – Way to Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable transportation has a crucial role in the fight against climate change, because fossil-fuel-powered motor vehicles, trains and planes account for approximately one-quarter of the world’s energy consumption and about the same proportion of global carbon-dioxide emissions.

Education and knowledge is the key to everything. We are convinced that when you discover and get to know much better the electric mobility world, you will madly fall in love with it to the point to never wish to go back.

Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles, unlike conventional petrol and diesel vehicles, electric motors for propulsion. Electric vehicles have a battery that is charged through an electricity supply. The electric energy is then stored and used to power the electric motor.

There are many types of electric vehicles such as electric cars, electric trucks, electric buses, electric bikes, electric trains, electric scooters etc. however, amongst all, manufacturing and putting the electric cars on road is the vision to make India pollution free along with saving the precious petroleum.

Benefits of Electric Vehicles:

Environment Friendly: Electric Vehicles are eco-friendly for they do not emit toxic gases or smoke in the environment which leads to global warming and helps to reduce pollution.

Energy Security: As electricity is majorly produced from either renewable sources or from sources that emit no greenhouse gases thus EVs help in maintain energy security by shifting dependence from non- renewable resources to renewable resources.

Reduction in Noise pollution: Electric vehicles are quieter to operate than gasoline-powered vehicles, leading to reduction in noise pollution.

While the global EV market is rapidly gaining momentum towards the target set by Electric Vehicle initiative (EVI) of global deployment of 20 million electric vehicles by 2020, Electric vehicles in India are still at a nascent stage.

India is ready for sustainable mobility:

  • India has been manufacturing indigenously and successfully using Electric Locomotives that pull train coaches with thousands of tons of load. This has not only saved conventional fuel like coal, diesel but has also saved the environment from getting polluted further.
  • Accordingly, manufacturing and using the electric cars is not a big hurdle.
  • India also aims for 30% of its public transport to go electric by 2030
  • India can save 37% of carbon emissions in 2030 by pursuing a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.
  • As a signatory to the Paris climate agreement, India is obligated to bring down its share of global emissions by 2030. Thus the government of India is making key initiatives such as launch of National E-Mobility Programme, planning guidelines to encourage the use of such vehicles.

Although

  • Traditionally, Indians prefer petrol, diesel or gas driven cars. They do not seem to be ready to buy and use the electric cars due to their slow pick up, slow speed and non-availability of electric
  • Just after nine months of the launch of Ola’s ambitious Electric Vehicle project in Nagpur, it faced major roadblock with Ola drivers wanting to return their electric cars and switch back to petrol or diesel variants. The reason being high operating expenses and long wait times at charging stations.
  • India lacks significant infrastructure and necessary technology to support Electric Vehicle manufacturing. Efficient components such as high-density batteries remain a key challenge.
  • A robust supply ecosystem of charging stations is another challenge for Electric vehicles.

The path ahead

Though the market in India has given a tepid response to electric vehicles but there exists an immense opportunity for the growth of electric vehicles. The government of India is dedicated towards adoption of Electric Vehicles for a cleaner and greener environment. The Government of India needs to continue its focus on designing policies and programmes that promote and facilitate the development of a resource-efficient ecosystem for the EV sector in India to enable the country to achieve sustainable mobility.