The government recently announced an ambitious plan for the country, saying that India would only have electric vehicles ply its roads by 2030. This target may still sound far fetched, however in a positive move, the National Thermal Power Corporation has now installed two electric vehicle charging stations in Delhi and Noida.
Entering a brand new business venture, the state-run NTPC has installed these charging stations at its offices in Delhi and Noida, and many more are on the cards in the National Capital Region. The objective is to promote electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles among car buyers in India.
The government recently announced its plans towards giving India a cleaner environment. The idea is to take petrol and diesel engines off the roads by 2030 in wake of the alarming levels of toxins in the air.
India has come out to be the largest importer of oil in the world, and while the oil industry in the country would suffer dearly, the country actually stands to save $60 billion in energy costs if the green by 2030 plan works out, and not to mention the running costs that millions of Indians would save on their cars.
Energy Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier stated that the government would support this project in its initial years, however production of electric cars would later depend on demand and not subsidies.
Electric cars are so far very unpopular in India, owing to factors like lack of infrastructure or high prices on EVs. Mahindra did make efforts into popularising EVs in the country with the launch of the e2o, however it was discontinued. An e2o, before being discontinued last year, came at a price tag of about Rs 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Customers wanting a small city car were obviously drawn to traditional cars with combustion engines as they carried smaller price tag and the availability of charging stations was nil.
Electric car giant Tesla too has been mulling into entering India, however it is yet difficult to say when would that happen.
Air pollution has lately become a problem as big as population in India. Over a million people die in the country due to toxins in the air. According to a WHO report, out of the 20 cities suffering from toxic air pollution in the world, 13 are in India. While we support India's move towards a greener future, we just hope the government does not completely ban fossil fuel engines, which would be gravely depressing for the petrolheads.