Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy, launched a national electric mobility program organized by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) India.
It is a significant step towards achieving a cleaner and greener mobility sector in India. Now that a program is in place, it will encourage people and private players to act more aggressively in this sector, who are planning to contribute in Indian e-mobility sector.
The program aims to provide impetus to the Indian e-mobility ecosystem, including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators, and service providers.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ajay Kumar Bhalla said that the government is focusing on creating charging infrastructure and policy framework so that by 2030 more than 30% of vehicles on the road are EVs.
During the program launch, it was also highlighted that there would be no need for the license for establishing the charging infrastructure in the country and the tariff for this would be less than INR 6 ($0.092).
On the occasion, Singh talked about the critical need of energy efficiency in the present time and the nation’s role in contributing towards a sustainable future through energy efficient appliances and now, EVs.
The program will be implemented by EESL which will aggregate demand by procuring EVs in bulk to reach economies of scale.
Singh announced the second EV tender for delivering 10,000 EVs for state and central government builds. These EVs will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles. Aiming to increase the EV count to 20,000 across India, EESL mentioned that with this e-mobility can save the country over 50 million liters of fuel and 560,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, Kumar said.
The per kilometer cost for an electric car is just INR 85 paisa ($0.013) against INR 6.5 ($0.1) for standard fossil fuel cars, and these would also help us achieve autonomy from expensive petroleum imports, Singh added.
Rajeev Sharma, Chairman, EESL, said, “We are committed to creating a robust market for e-mobility in India to enable more energy and fuel savings, in continuance with our mission to transform markets for advanced technologies with innovative business models.”
At the launch, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra has handed their EVs for the government use tendered by the EESL. Tata motors have revealed its TigorEV at the event and later tweeted it has committed to transforming mobility in India by fueling the electric aspirations of the nation.