India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, said recently that the country will help facilitate the electric car effort by offering subsidies for a couple of years. “After that,” he said, “the cost of electric vehicles will start paying for themselves.”
The government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan wants annual sales of electric and hybrid cars to hit 6 million to 7 million by 2020. – CNN|June 03, 2017
As the country’s economy has boomed, new industries and commuters have spewed pollutants in the air at staggering rates. Now, our 1.3 billion residents are suffering. One estimate says India’s air contributes to 1.2 million deaths per year. Doctors have said breathing the air in New Delhi, the nation’s capital, is like smoking 10 cigarettes a day.
For one, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was quick to react to Piyush’s announcement;
Our very own Anand Mahindra wasn’t too far behind, requesting Elon Musk to join the party;
While 2030 is still more than a decade away, the winds of change can be felt across the nation and beyond.
And why not. An EV has far fewer moving parts than a conventional petrol/ diesel-powered vehicle. There’s no need for liquid fuels or oil changes. There’s no transmission or timing belt to fail when you least expect it. In fact, most of the maintenance costs associated with an internal combustion engine don’t exist in an electric vehicle.
Industry giants welcomed the vision but also highlighted the drastic change it calls for. “I think that’s a great ambition. I think these type of ambitions really try to change us,” Tom von Bonsdorff, MD, Volvo Auto India, recently told TOI Auto.
“13 years is a very short time. It requires some drastic change. The question is more that we need to kickstart the activities to make sure that we can get there.”
The way ahead is full of challenges. Agreed. But look at the outcome. The great favour that we will be doing our planet. And we have only one.
This is the first post at Alt F and we aim to be the original place for Electric Vehicles in India and maybe beyond. May the good fores of nature be with us.