Govt push for e-vehicles: No permits, fast-charging stations

The electric mobility push is in line with the global trend. Norway, which has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of permitting sales of only electric or plug-in hybrid cars by 2025.

Written by Anil Sasi | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2017 12:26 pm
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NO PERMITS required for commercial electric vehicles (EVs), state-owned power utilities to set up fast-charging stations, and a scheme for e-buses to swap drained batteries with fully-charged ones at depots across key metros.

These are some of the key features of the government’s ambitious plan for a mass shift to electric vehicles by the year 2030. They are likely to be implemented in conjunction with the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan that aims to get six-seven million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020.

The electric mobility push is in line with the global trend. Norway, which has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of permitting sales of only electric or plug-in hybrid cars by 2025. The Netherlands has proposed a ban from 2025 on petrol and diesel cars. Last week, France announced that it will end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. And, premium carmaker Volvo has said that it will only make fully electric or hybrid cards from 2019.

India’s EV policy push builds on the basic groundwork that has been completed under the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles, or FAME India scheme, especially in areas of technology development and charging infrastructure.

According to an official involved in the initiative, there are two milestones: a near-term 2020 target for getting at least 6 million electric vehicles on the road, and a 2030 target for going all-electric in terms of new car sales.

When contacted by The Indian Express, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Principal Advisor, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, and professor, IIT Madras (on sabbatical), said: “Unfortunately, I cannot speak till things are formalised.” Jhunjhunwala is among the group of officers who are working with a ministerial group on the e-mobility push.

India has an estimated 100 charging points for electric vehicles till date, most of them concentrated in cities such as Bengaluru. Currently, electric four-wheelers average about 100 km on full charge, and the problem of range anxiety, or fear of being stranded without charge midway through a trip, is a major stumbling block in the adoption of e-vehicles as a mass product.

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generation utility, has been directed to work on a blueprint for setting up charging stations, while other energy public sector undertakings would also be roped in to set up charging infrastructure across major metros.

The idea is to lower the cost of setting up charging stations from around Rs 2.5 lakh per unit currently to about Rs 1 lakh.

Nagpur is likely to be the first city in the country to be equipped with battery swapping and charging stations for a pilot project initiated by cab aggregator Bengaluru-based Ola.

As part of the immediate policy push, government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd has been tasked with inviting bids for bulk supply of electric and hybrid cars for central government ministries and public sector undertakings in Delhi.

For mass transport vehicles such as buses, a proposal to sell electric vehicles without batteries, alongside a policy of leasing of batteries and the swapping of used ones at depots along bus routes, could lower prices of these vehicles by as much as 50 per cent.

In a report released Friday, policy think-tank Niti Aayog and Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute had recommended incentivising efficient new vehicles by setting up “a manufacturer consortium for batteries, common components, and platforms to develop battery cell technologies and packs and to procure common components for Indian original equipment manufacturers”.

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  1. R
    Jul 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm
    like Govt made CNG for auto rixa when they had to wait for hours (typically 8 hrs) for gas filling for inderprasth gas
    1. N
      Jul 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm
      Can I convert my existing car Zen estilo into e- vehicle. Kindly intimate today me on my email please.
      1. S
        Jul 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm
        All governments have failed to crack down on the main source of vehicular pollution - mixed /impure fuel sold by gas stations. It is understandable why sarkars turn a blind eye towards them - gas station owners are well connected. You get a license only if you have political clout. And if you have that kind of political clout --who can raid your premises.
        1. 9
          Jul 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm
          1. N
            Jul 10, 2017 at 10:27 am
            Using an outdated electric grid is not conducive to converting en-mass to electric vehicles running on batteries. It is perhaps not even feasible at this time, as the electricity requirement will be enormous. Theft of electricity could become unbearable for the grid to pay for itself, if widely used for transportion. Therefore, personal or community operated small solar stations could be more practical. If a country switches it's lighting needs completely to LED, and scientists could develop electronics where the amount of electricity wasted is minimal, it will help using the grid for powering automobiles. Laws mandating using a new generation of electric gadgets such as refrigerators and TV sets should also help. Government ( or engineering universities) should sponsor research on using propane or other alternative air conditioning gases in India. It could help with electricity savings, as India is too hot in many places for the currently used AC gases to function optimally.
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              Mahendra Yadav
              Jul 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm
              You mean to say infants shouldn't wriggle and crawl unless he is ready to run in Olympics. looks like you're a typical JNUvian hypocrite liberal leftists.
            2. M
              Jul 10, 2017 at 10:07 am
              If electric cars and busses become popular,the world will not only be pollution free but will also gain freedom from the strangle hold of oil producing countries.
              1. N
                Jul 10, 2017 at 10:06 am
                Swappable batteries are a good solution to electric vehicles becoming mainstream in India. Battery charging with solar panels is a must for reducing fossil fuel consumption. Time is ripe to revive Tata nano, and modify the vehicle for Indian needs. It must have heavy duty wheel bearings and suspension. Using state of the art hydroforming and other techniques, body should have great safety to weight ratio. A car top solar panel for trickle charging could also double up to provide superior insulation. Special tinted glasses could lower radiant heat inside, and lower the wattage needed for air conditioning. People could use their servants or employ youngsters to cleanup the rooftop solar panels daily, as their output could reduce by 50 due to dust, as published recently in Indianexpress. Government could encourage retired people to invest their savings in roof top panels, which would be used for charging batteries everywhere. A great retirement funding scheme. People may love it.
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                  George Cruz
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 7:37 am
                  Shri Shri Benjamin Netanyahu JI has the technology of storing 20Giga watts of power in a car battery size. Shri Israel JI also has the technology for laying roads that they acquired when they were residents of Germany. It was them who designed the autobahn in Germany. So India JI should procure those technologies if our target of 2020 and 2030 are to be met. Lastly Shri Israel JI also has anti-Zionist population reduction technology. With 1.8 billion population by 2030, evennwith all Israeli technologies India cannot achieve the target. So according to scoundrel Chanakya's Artha Shastra all anti-zionists should be killed using Shri Israeli technology. Israeli JI also should be begged for Tiolet making technology which intelligent brahmins could not develop for 70 years as they were 100 percent using Russian DIKs knowing very well that they themselves are DK HEADS.
                  1. R
                    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:18 am
                    What a comment, no relation with the article. It seems he is on weed.
                    1. J
                      Jul 10, 2017 at 8:34 am
                      Ha ha ha. lol.
                      1. M
                        Jul 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                        menatlly weak matter of Geroge.. Nothing relative..
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