LONG WAY TO GO TO CREATE MASS-MARKET APPEAL FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN INDIA
New Delhi: The Indian EV industry maintains that a lot needs to be done to achieve the 2030 target. EV adoption is possible if government supports the last mile connectivity including personal transportation. Also cost of ownership coupled with other challenges act as a key hindrance to EV mass adoption. Range of EVs is a challenge as there are limited models. Then the underdeveloped infrastructure, as the ease and the speed of charging is an obstacle.
In therecently organized Smart Mobility Conference by industry body (FICCI) AyushLohia, CEO, Lohia Auto Industries, gave valuable insights. "The year2017 will be remembered as a significant one for defining India's mobilityarchitecture. India has announced big plans for finding next generationtransportation solutions including Ethanol, Methanol & electric vehicles.But despite the hype, electric vehicles enjoy niche rather than mass-marketappeal.
Nothing hascaught the imagination of the industry and policy makers quite like thegovernment's ambitious plans for a mass scale shift to electric vehicles (EVs)by 2030 so that all vehicles on Indian roads by then-personal andcommercial-will be powered by electricity.
Furthermore,we need to understand that the greatest contributor to the price is thebattery, which is responsible for a major portion of the cost of an electricvehicle. We need Lithium ion battery with better efficiency and costing. AddedAyush Lohia.
Also thereneeds to be an amalgamation of all government agencies to get the governmentapprovals. In addition there needs to be development of the tech before EVbecoming main stream." Concluded Mr Lohia.
Also duringthe conference Mr. Mahesh Babu. CEO Mahindra Electric and Mr. Awadesh KumarJha,VP Charge & Drive & Sustainability, Fortum India were present.