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India: Fleet of 200 multi-modal EVs launched, govt aims for 5 million by 2020

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis launched India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project at the Nagpur airport complex recently.

This unique project brings together e-buses, e-cabs, e-rickshaws and e-autos on a single platform, the Ola App, which will enable commuters in Nagpur to book them. The fleet of 200 vehicles consists of 100 of Mahindra’s new e20 Plus vehicles, besides those from other manufacturers like Tata Motors, Kinetic and TVS.

    Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said that it was his Government’s vision to make India a 100 percent e-vehicle nation. Shri Gadkari said his Ministry was prepared to facilitate manufacturers and other companies to take the Nagpur model to other parts of the country. He said e- vehicles need to be promoted in order to cut down the huge crude oil bill, reduce pollution and create cost effectiveness in transportation. To begin with, the emphasis would be on commercial vehicles and then on others.

Shri Gadkari informed that growing demand, coupled with R&D would gradually help to bring down the operational costs, and especially the battery cost. He added that once the cost of batteries comes down, e-vehicles will compete with diesel and petrol vehicles and finally phase them out.

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The government of India has launched FAME India – Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India – is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. In Budget 2017-18, Rs 175 crore has been earmarked for the FAME India scheme as against the revised and budget estimates of Rs 122.90 crore for the current financial year.

As per some news reports the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways will soon install as many as 1,200 charging points on the PPP basis that will allow charging of electric vehicles within one to six hours.

The Government of India has plans to ban diesel vehicles in a phased manner and it has the aim to roll out over 5 million electric and hybrid vehicles in the next three years. If this plan by the government materialises will save up to 9,500 million tonnes of fossil fuel and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by up to 2 lakh million tonnes.

According to a study conducted by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Ministry of Heavy Industry, India has the potential to reach sales of over 7 million electric vehicles by 2020.

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