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Electromobility on Indian streets

04 September 2017

Urban daily commuters today not only prefer simple and stress-free travel but have a heightened consciousness towards pollution and environmental issues. Automotive pollution has come in centre stage in recent years. As a natural choice electromobility therefore   is likely to gain ground in the years to come via fleet operators, public transport and preferred personal choice.  Considering the positive intent of all stakeholders towards electromobility  it is being seen as a future growth area in Indian automotive market.

Bosch has announced its  aims to develop a comprehensive electrification system for India, which takes the country’s environmental conditions and powertrain requirements into account.  Over 40 Indian cities are home to more than a million residents  with mobility requirements at its greatest in urban sprawls which has a huge market potential. Bosch Limited is set to increase the extent of localization of its electrified portfolio in India.

Bosch has  included two wheelers and three wheelers also in its customized solutions  having  integrated electrification system including motor, control unit, battery, charger, display, and app for  electric vehicles. As a strategy for having competitive edge,  Bosch is attempting to gain early movers advantage with sights on  Central Government’s initiative  to have an all-electric fleet in India by 2030 as well as the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) program.   “Small-vehicle segments will drive the transition to mass electrification, as urban dwellers seek a simple and affordable alternative to conventional standards,”  stated Mr. Peter Tyroller, member of the board of management of the Bosch Group responsible for Asia Pacific. He further said  “There are a lot of vehicles in the Indian automotive market right now that have the scope to be electrified. This makes India a great incubator for an electric future,”

“We see particular potential for electromobility in India first across the scooter segment,” mentioned Mr. Tyroller. Electromobility will play an important role in meeting the requirements of intra-city travel. “Even from the perspective of economics, an electric scooter will be more relevant for a person looking to run some household errands in and around his society,” he stated. Two-wheelers have been the most important part India’s transportation network in all  urban and semi urban regions. According to a study around 1.2 million electric two-wheelers are set to hit the local market by 2020.

Thanks to the initiative of Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, a great and humane change has already come with the arrival of e-Rikshaws on feeder and internal roads in many of the cities in India. It has given boost to patronizing of public transport and shared mobility and a great step to eradicate inhuman practice of  humans pulling humans in good old manual rikshaws.

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