The central government has sanctioned INR 80 crore to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune for setting up an electric vehicle test facility. For now, the government has granted INR 30 crore. This move will boost electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicle sales in India.
The ARAI test facility in Pune, will carry out the evaluation of EVs, and is closely working on solutions to convert the fleet of existing buses into hybrids and electrics.
The public transport sector will hugely benefit from this program. The ARAI is parallelly working on all types of mobility sectors. By 2020, industry experts predict that India will witness, a population of 5–7 million EVs and plug-in electric vehicles (XEVs).
However, it remains to be seen whether, the government will provide incentives to the buyers. More importantly, the question on our mind is — safety. Developing safe EVs will be a challenge, however, ARAI will have a dedicated team working on the safety and eco-friendly aspects of these vehicles.
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