The Government of India is pushing the use of electric vehicles as the pollution due to petrol, and diesel vehicles is getting out of hand. The situation is getting worse as the number of vehicles are increasing at a rapid rate.
Business Standard reports that the think tank of government, Niti Aayog has drafted a policy for electric vehicles and recommended that EVs should get green registration plates.
Apart from the green number plate, Niti Aayog has also suggested few other special privileges for electric vehicles. The policy states that the EVs should be given benefits such as free parking for three years and tolls waived off across the country.
Another prominent point in the draft policy is that it also suggests ten percent reserved parking space for electric vehicles at residential buildings, shopping malls and office premises. All these suggestions are made to encourage the use of EVs in the country.
According to the report, if India manages to shift to pure electric vehicles, it could save around 64 percent of energy demand for road transport and will curb carbon emission by 37 percent by 2030. The use of EVs could also save up to 60 billion dollars of petrol and diesel costs by 2030.
All the things mentioned above, will happen if India manages to go all-electric by 2030. But by looking at the current situation, it is unlikely to happen. Recently, the Parliament was informed that, at present, the government has no plans to shift to all-electric vehicles.
India's major automakers such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are already conducting a study to analyse the feasibility of electric vehicles. The automakers are also expecting massive support from the government to manufacture and retails electric vehicles in the country.
Mahindra is the only automaker to offer electric cars in India. The Mahindra e2o Plus and eVerito are the only two EVs being sold in the country. Tata Motors has also begun the production of Tigor EV, but it is yet to start the commercial sale of the vehicle.
Electric mobility is said to be the future of transportation as the pollution is getting bad to worse with the years passing. India is also striving hard to cope up with the situation and plans to go all-electric by 2030. But for that to happen, the government should come up with special incentives for EVs. The Niti Aayog has put the ball in the government's court, and it will be interesting to see the outcome of this development.