E-mobility solutions are important for a sustainable environment. The e-mobility solutions today have already proved they’re best for the daily commute. If you look at the prevailing trends in the industry, most of them have one common denominator: going green. The increasing awareness about saving the planet from several environmental threats has caused even the largest industries to take notice and take a stand. As a result, they can take the initiative and not let things go worse. The automobile industry has certainly been getting a lot of flanks. The primary reason is for being one of the major contributors to environmental degradation, particularly in air pollution.
We have been seeing efforts from the automakers in trying to resolve these issues ASAP. And, one of their moves is to offer as more e-mobility solutions as possible.
How India Plans for E-Mobility Solutions?
The transition from fossil-fuel running vehicles to electric vehicles was critical a few years back. However, the sense of emergency towards environmental issues has led the automobile industries in India to manufacturing and introducing faster adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles. Today, the conversations and interest in electric vehicles aren’t new anymore. Several companies have stepped forward to conduct intensive R&D in this space. However, recent government policies and increased awareness have created an enabling atmosphere for innovation. If India wants to see a great change in its air quality, then it needs to enable full electrification of its public transport. And again needs to replace a quarter of private vehicles with electric vehicles by the end of 2030.
Enabling Infrastructure for Fast Results
Many proposals have made to support EV adoption which leads us to one common question i.e. what is the extent of work required to ensure that at least the first set of electric vehicles can make the transition seamlessly? The first challenge India needs to beat is enabling infrastructure to support the upcoming demand. This requires to confirm that there is an adequate constant supply of power and sufficient charging points to support the EV ecosystem. Installation of charging facilities dotting major highways and towns/cities are the immediate need of the hour for long-distance commuters.
To reduce the carbon footprint, India should also look for renewable energy sources to power charging facilities and incentives to support such initiatives.
India’s government has already introduced the FAME II scheme as a step in the right direction. According to the scheme, Rs. 1000 Cr. will be sanctioned as incentives to set up EV charging stations across the nation. If this initiative goes successful, then India will have 2,700 EV charging stations installed across the country. Cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi have started installing charging stations at different locations; and the government is seeking more companies’ contributions towards this initiative.
India: Looking Ahead to 2025
The 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler market in India is greatly accepting this change and EV adoption in these two sectors has become faster in a short period. However, the 4-wheeler EVs for commercial and fleet applications is having a slower pace. The adoption in public transport space would ensure better awareness which the government takes into consideration. Therefore, the FAME II scheme is now focusing on enhancing public transport heavily.
India is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. With rapid urbanization and growing per capita income, there will be a huge demand for mobility. This is a great opportunity for the Indian automobile industry and policymakers to establish a smooth yet effective infrastructure for the future.