India is in a nascent stage to go fully electric and to achieve a greener and better future, the country, needs to address some of the impediments that hinder its progress. Although it is positively heading its way towards mass-electric mobility and in line with attaining this goal, Gujarat, West Bengal, UP, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have emerged as the top 5 states in the country, as per a study conducted by Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV). The study was conducted on all Electric 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers, which were sold between 2016-2017 and are successfully running in the mentioned states.
The study showed that 1926 e-vehicles were sold in Maharashtra, 2388 in Rajasthan, 2467 in UP, 2846 in West Bengal and 4330 in Gujrat, making it the topmost state in India, to bring maximum numbers of e-vehicles on road. In addition, 25,000 e-vehicles were sold across India between 2016-17. The study further highlighted that among the huge sales of e-vehicles, 92% were two-wheelers and only 8% were four-wheelers. However, Delhi, which initially used to top this list, now, surprisingly ranks 7th with only 1072 e-vehicles sold.
Commenting on the study, Mr Sohinder Gill, Director-Corporate Affairs, SMEV said, “As far as other states are concerned, there is a dire need for them to go electric on an urgent basis. It’s good to see so many people supporting this transition and adapting to electric vehicles to curb the alarming pollution levels and aiming to reduce emission levels of greenhouse gases. However, this is not enough for India and Delhi, being the national capital, unfortunately, lags in comparison to these states. Challenges such as delay in subsidies and weak infrastructure need to be addressed.”
“State governments along with various industry bodies must work together and come out with the formulation of newer and greener policies for India to achieve the global emission norms, which is to make India a leader in the reduction of greenhouse gases and aim for lower pollution levels in all aspects. In next three years, we should come out with sound and comprehensive policy that also implemented seamlessly at least to 40 to 50 cities as a starter for a long-term course for EV industry based on the learnings and pitfalls on the experiments conducted in these cities ‘’added Mr Gill.
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