We are almost a decade away from the electric vehicle revolution and it’s a nightmare to drive an electric car in India now. The vehicle I had was an SUV, which ideally has the most preferred shapes in the country. But it delivers fewer kilometres to every charge on its bulky weight; thus restricting travel options.I opted for inter-state travel to have the actual driveway experience and took the electric SUV on the weekend to Chandigarh. The Delhi-Chandigarh distance is manageable, but my multiple limitations made it even harder to drive.As I reside on the fourth floor, I have to outsource my charging requirements. So I had to get the vehicle charged at a friend’s house in south Delhi, which added a few extra kilometres to the distance and thus took it beyond the reach of the battery pack. The 272km range just breached the 280-km distance to Chandigarh from this south Delhi address.To cut short my anxiety, I inquired with all the midway dealers to log some additional … [Read more...] about ETAuto Originals: Why won’t India embrace electric vehicles now?
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Washington: Adopting electric vehicles (EVs) could improve overall air quality and lower carbon emissions, according to a study. Researchers from the Northwestern University in the US quantified the differences in air pollution generated from battery-powered electric vehicles versus internal combustion engines. They found that even when their electricity is generated from combustion sources, electric vehicles have a net positive impact on air quality and climate change. "In contrast to many of the scary climate change impact stories we read in the news, this work is about solutions," said Daniel Horton, senior author of the study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. "We find that EV adoptions reduces net carbon emissions and has the added benefit of reducing air pollutants, thereby improving public health," Horton said in a statement. To quantify the differences between the two types of vehicles, the researchers used an emissions remapping algorithm and air quality model … [Read more...] about Switching to electric vehicles may improve air quality, lower emissions: Study
MUMBAI: The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) on Tuesday urged the project implementation and sanctioning committee (PISC) to delink localisation and ex-showroom prices of e-bikes from subsidy under the FAME-II scheme.In a letter to the committee, which is likely to hold its first meeting in the national capital this week, the SMEV has also recommended enhancing per KwHr subsidy to Rs 20,000 from the present Rs 18,000 in the scheme for adoption of e-bikes, in line with the bus battery subsidy."SMEV requests the committee members to support e-bike mobility by not linking localisation and ex-showroom price to subsidy as well as keeping 60-km as range eligibility," the SMEV said in its letter to PISC."Besides, the per KwHr subsidy should be increased to Rs 20,000, in line with the bus battery subsidy," it said.The government late last month laid out the eligibility criteria, based on minimum top speed, range per charge and acceleration as well energy consumption … [Read more...] about Electric Vehicles body seeks to delink localisation from subsidy incentives
The EV policy of the Delhi government was notified last month. Launching the policy, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said it aimed at registration of around five lakh electric vehicles in the city in the next five years.A demonstration of software for disbursal of the subsidy under the policy was made by officials of a private bank in a meeting with Transport minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday, said a senior government officer."The software developed by ICICI bank will be used for payment of subsidy to the people buying electric vehicles in Delhi. The subsidy scheme is expected to be launched from next week," he said.Under its EV policy, Delhi government will give incentive of up to Rs 30,000 for two-wheelers, autos, e-rickshaws and goods carriers while a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh will be provided for purchase of electric cars, officials said.As per the scheme's payment mechanism, the subsidy will be paid to the eligible buyers of electric vehicles within two days, they said."The … [Read more...] about Delhi government to roll out subsidy scheme under Electric Vehicle policy
pollution, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday and urged people to shift to electric vehicles. Speaking at a webinar on the first ever 'International Day of Clean Air For Blue Skies', Javadekar also urged the states to come up with specific plans of how to reduce pollution in their respective cities. "We did not have to celebrate blue skies day earlier but with industrialisation and huge increase in population, number of vehicles, waste and dust, pollution has also gone up," he said, adding that more public transport could lessen pollution. "I believe that more the public transport, lesser the pollution. I use an electric two-wheeler and we bring our household goods using that vehicle. I urge people to use more electric vehicles. "In Delhi, we also have electric three-wheelers which are of great significance. States must decide on these three things - using cleaner fuels, building good roads to ease traffic and ensuring that brick kilns use zigzag technology. It is … [Read more...] about People should use more electric vehicles to curb pollution: Prakash Javadekar