The recent pollution debacle in India’s metro cities has been a wake-up call for the country. The alarming levels of carbon emission and subsequent poor air quality has convinced the Indian market to progress towards taking conscious precautions. And, in the race for creating a pollution-free environment, electric vehicles are leading the way.
With the groundbreaking innovation brought forward by Tesla and the rising sales of electric vehicles in the US, EVs have garnered massive interest in the global market. Currently, India showcases low-margin sales, i.e. only 25 lakh electric vehicles are being sold annually in the country. However, a massive shift is on the horizon, as this time, the government has taken up the initiative to ensure that minimum 20 million electric and hybrid cars be sold by 2020.
The imperatives of switching to EVs
The biggest predicament faced by the EVs is its limited charging capacity and the unavailability of essential infrastructure to accustom such electrically-charged cars. For the electric vehicle revolution to actually become a success, a dramatic change in the road and infrastructure is paramount.
The key factors to take into consideration is the improvement of the mileage of these cars and the reduction in charging time. At present, a standard electric vehicle covers 120 km on a full charge. Manufacturers need to devise a strategy to address this imposing challenge.
Car charging points at petrol and metro stations is also an absolute necessity for bringing convenience for all the commuters.
Initiatives are already rolling in
Most states have come forward and began the arduous, yet an indispensable process of regulating the existing infrastructure for the arrival of EVs. One among them is Karnataka, who has mandated the installation of charging points and pods on high-rise buildings. Meanwhile, the city of Nagpur has rolled out 200 electric taxis, buses and auto rickshaws.
Paving the way for a Greener tomorrow
Such awareness in the Indian market has amplified the potential of electric vehicles. From battling dangerous pollution levels to minimising the burden of importing crude oil, electric vehicles are slowly, but surely, becoming the forerunner for a greener tomorrow.
With this advent of electric vehicles on a massive scale, the future is set towards bringing a stop to the use of fossil fuel in cars.