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The future of electric vehicles in India: how's the picture changing gradually and leading towards a "green" showtime???

EVs in India
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India is a vast geographical patch of land having drastic differences in climate within the boundaries of it and it's economy depends mostly in the way people and goods commute.

Generally, due to the different geographical forms in different regions the commuting might be difficult but India has a week of road & rail network connecting all the important places and it's expanding everyday.

So that's not the prob. The rail network previously was dependent on coal and diesel engines but now almost entire network had been electrified and only 20,000 kms of rail tracks are left.

Electrification
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Talking about the road network, the vehicles running on the road are mostly fuled by petrol or diesel and road communication is the mostly used for the flow of goods.

So it's imaginable that how much fuel would be used be used alone in the transportation of goods and additionally the transportation of people among different places.

And adding in it, the vehicles used for commuting within a city, town or a village.

This makes India third country in the queue of carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustions. We per year emmit more than 2000 million metric tons of CO2.

CO2 emission pie chart
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So the digits are enough for enlighting the desire to stop harming mother earth and forwardly ourselves.

We all know the solution and it's effect is not gonna increase by just speaking on it frequently, a committed implementation is needed and without it nothing is gonna happen, just we'll top the CO2 emission list in few years.

We Indians are referred as the largest consumers overseas, which makes India the largest market but we are still falling much short to readily accept the electric vehicles as we are a bit resisted to change.

Although the government of trying to encourage the use of electric vehicles through several schemes and waviers.

Recently in the union budget, it was announced by Nirmala Sitaraman, finance minister of India, that the GST on electric vehicles will be 5% instead of 12%, which will be implemented from 1st August 2019.

Other than the tax exemption, the government has also waved the registration charges of EVs and had also urged the state governments to wave the road taxes on EVs. Loan subsides are also been given for buying EVs.

But the prices as well as unfriendly infrastructures for EVs are acting as thorns in the way of adoption of EVs.

Charging infrastructure
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Meanwhile, the startups have many things to transform in this field. From economic viability to efficient technology, the doors for research are open wider.

And there are also several examples set before us within our country. We can see e-rickshaws, e-buses, etc used in some cities to promote electric vehicles.

And a Gurugram based startup had done a step forward. It's name is SmartE and it started just 5 years ago and has achieved something bigger in a short timespan.

SmartE
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In its initial days it made 30 e-rickshaws and presently it had launched 1000 e-rickshaws in with the help of Delhi metro.

It's a very good step to sought out the commuting problem of people from metro stations to nearby places and on the other hand it's a big move to prevent pollution and promote EVs.

e-rickshaw
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It's another big achievement is of the global recognition which gained it the funding of RS 100 crore from a Japanese conglomerate named Mitsui & Co.

So by this example we can conclude that everything is possible, just one's commitment of needed and changes will lie themselves in the way.


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