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India needs to adopt Electric Vehicles in a phased manner: Stakeholders


New Delhi, Senior public and private stakeholders across the value chain including government, policy makers, and domain experts on Friday stressed the need to adopt a hybrid model rather than Electric Vehicles (EVs) for India at the current stage to boost mobility in a sustainable manner. Speaking on epistemology of Electric Vehicle Market Ecosystem in India at the "International Congress on Electric Vehicles -2018” summit here, the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) Chairman-cum-Managing Director A K Mittal said NBCC has been gearing up to create a battery charging infrastructure at the projects undertaken by it to support the electric mobility. “In each complex, commercial or residential including in smart cities project we are setting up battery charging points, so that there is a seamless integration of electric vehicles in the days to come.” The conference was organized By BRICS Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with industry partners.Putting her views Member of Parliament and social activist Ms Meenakshi Lekhi said hybrid vehicle was the best model currently for the country. A balance needs to be made between costing and pollution issues and a superficial approach will not work to tackle the environmental issue if more thrust was given to Electric vehicles. She said for electric vehicles,” we need charging points across the length and width of the country for smooth mobility and for this, adequate power will be needed. Power is largely generated in thermal plants by burning coal and it causes pollution." So to make EVs pollution free, there is also need to check the pollution that emancipates from power plants, Ms Meenakshi said adding that “It is a cause and effect issue and we must not be in the rat-race for roll out of EVs." At the end of the first session of the conference speakers were presented mementos by United News of India (UNI) Board Chairman Mr Vishwas Tripathi. The discussions revolved around the global success stories to drive India as a big market for EVs during the current times and the coming decade followed by the innovations in EVs to ride the future. It was also debated that the India still faces some challenges to EVs while there is immense potential and opportunities to grow the industry from internal combustion engine vehicles to zero emission vehicles. The major hurdle in the way of successful implementation of EV is the charging infrastructure and government’s ambitious plans for a mass scale shift to electric vehicles (EVs) will bring electric vehicles on Indian roads in the coming future. Post- break session speakers including Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kirpal Yadav, Niti Aayog Transport sector Advisor Anil Shrivastava and a host of other technical experts expressed their views on electric vehicles and challenges in widespread roll out in a country like India. Mr Yadav said EVs will be of great help for the country as it will reduce our oil imports and will also check pollution to a great extent. He urged the technology experts to integrate new IT tools in EVs as well as new options including new and renewable source of energy for providing power to the charging stations. India Electric Vehicle market is expected to gather steam with recent draft plan of the Government of India to provide Rs. 9400 crore sops for buying clean vehicles and Ministry of Power removing the constraint of licencing for putting Electric vehicles charging stations. Global Automotive industry is witnessing major structural changes as globalisation has resulted in new business alliances and industry–academic–government partnerships. Technology is major contributor to these structural changes with some of these technologies being futuristic while others are nearing commercial production. This paradigm shift from Internal Combustion Engine based automotive to alternate electric based system is fast changing the global mobility landscape. According to Director General BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr B.B.L. Madhukar, “India shall have more than 22 models of electric vehicles in the market by 2020. This will minimize pollution and save billions on imports of oil and gas. India needs to start charging stations at millions for which required steps are yet to be initiated. This alone shall generate four million jobs”. Our mission is to bring key stakeholders in the EV market ecosystem on one platform to sketch a detailed implementable strategic plan for effective and efficient EV market development. According to ANS MarketPro, an international market research firm, to make electric vehicles market in commercially self-sustainable key stakeholders in the EV market ecosystem viz. Vehicle manufacturers, Component suppliers, Power Utilities, Mobility providers, Government Policy and Regulatory Institutions will need co-ordination and collaboration.

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