Nearly 25% of greenhouse gases are produced by petrol and diesel vehicles. The adoption of new electric means of transport can help control the alarming state of global warming and its devastating consequences.
The explosive economic growth in the last few decades in India has given us many reasons to celebrate, but it has also had its unpleasant consequences. Unfortunately, 19 out of the 35 most polluted cities in the world are in India.
Therefore, replacing combustion vehicles with electric vehicles will apparently be one of the best alternatives to reduce CO2 emissions, and control the greenhouse effect.
How are Electric Vehicles eco-friendly?
Electric vehicles cause zero emissions and are extremely eco-friendly. It is said that switching to electric vehicles can reduce approximately 1 gigatonne of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
India has been in the process of achieving an ambitious objective of having100 percent zero-emission electric vehicle fleet by 2030. Consequently, experiments on the operational feasibility of all vehicle types, including buses, cars, two-wheelers, rickshaws, taxis, and goods vehicles have already begun in our country. The Indian government has already understood the environmental need to switch to electric vehicles and to ensure that it is a success; a number of initiatives are being implemented by them.
Electric Vehicles for Public Transport
Buses have been experiencing perhaps the most aggressive efforts in terms of successful electrification, since the year 2014 when the first electric bus trial started in Bangalore. This shows a very high growth rate for the adoption of electric buses. In 2017, only 29 buses had been acquired for regular operation whereas now in 2018, around 530 buses are approximately being operated in different cities.
The efforts of public transport authorities, bus manufacturers and operators are setting an example for others in the country to choose cleaner technologies. It is also encouraging the public to use such sustainable technologies instead of private vehicles. The adoption of electric buses in our country by the public has many other added advantages like controlling pollution and reducing the major traffic problems of Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities.
One of the most unbeatable countries in this reference is China. With the global fleet of electric buses totaling around 385,000 vehicles, 99% of those are in China. It adds 9,500 brand new electric buses every 5 weeks. Which is equal to the entire London bus fleet. The need to have clean energy in India is as urgent as it is in China.
“Electric transportation is going to be very important for urban transportation”
Electric Personal Mobility Vehicles
After buses, personal mobility vehicles like cars, scooters, e-bikes, and bicycles need electrification. Currently, there are some electric vehicles available and many more models of plug-in electric vehicles are likely to become available in the near future. These are definitely more economical than fuel-powered cars and motorcycle. E-bikes have already caught on to the trend and are a much bigger hit than any other vehicle under the category of electric personal mobility vehicle in India. People are also adapting their traditional bike using a kit, as it is a DIY that can be executed simply, instead of buying a new electric bike. Depending on the person’s physical condition, the type of terrain or the distance, the electric bike in most cases is more comfortable as well. It allows the rider to cover more distance or climb hills as well.
The pace at which the electric vehicles are being adopted in countries like China and India, very exciting times are coming ahead environmentally. Another great advantage of the growth of the Indian electric vehicles market is that it is more likely to drive increasing demand for power electronics components and products, thereby creating employment and producing opportunities for growth and development in the country.
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