India has decided to shift dates for its ambitious plan of bringing thousands of passenger electric vehicles on the roads. The initiative to bring battery-powered vehicles to India was taken as a fight back against the ongoing struggle of rising pollution levels and rapidly increasing dependency on fossil fuels to drive the change in the country. India has seen rapid growth in terms of national development in the recent years. Being one of the fastest growing economies on the planet, India has a rare chance to be the driving force of action against global environmental hazards.
India plans to have a third of its total fleet of cars driven on electricity by the year 2030. State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., which is responsible for bringing electric cars to replace the petrol and diesel passenger vehicles used by government officials, will roll out 10,000 vehicles by March 2019. EESL issued its first tender for 10,000 cars in September. Initially, the company planned to roll out the first batch of 500 cars by November and the rest by June.
Presently, the electric vehicle (E.V) count on the Indian subcontinent set in the bracket of around 150 cars in the capital New Delhi and about 100 in southern Andhra Pradesh state and other provinces. There are about 200 charging stations built for these cars, out of which over 100 are in Delhi.
The Narendra Modi led government wants to put 30 percent of passenger vehicles as electric vehicles by 2030. This has been done as the nationwide plan to lower air pollution and curb dependency on fossil fuels. Affordable fossil fuel-driven cars and an absence of state subsidies for electric vehicles make purchases by the government and companies critical for EV sales, according to BNEF, which expects EVs to comprise about 7 percent of sales in India by 2030.
Allen Tom Abraham, a BNEF analyst in the capital states that these tenders are the drivers for EV demand during the next three to five years, according to him,“If these large procurement programs falter, auto-makers would prolong any plans they have to introduce mass-market EVs in India.”