Usage of electric vehicles also has a dark side along with its umpteen benefits.
India is gearing up to enter a new world which will see roads full of electric vehicles. In 2013, the country unveiled 'National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020' to solve the issues of vehicular pollution. After the Paris Agreement on climate change, the government of India has plans to make a major shift to electric vehicles by 2030.
With an ultimate aim to fulfil this task, many electric cars, bikes, autos and buses have been launched in the country. Many E-commerce companies and Indian based cab aggregators like Ola are striving to make e-vehicles (EV) more common.
A survey conducted by Bloomberg Quint has revealed that about 87 per cent of the vehicle owners and drivers are ready to buy EV if it reduces pollution. And the rest would switch to EV just to avoid petrol and diesel expenses. However, the two-wheeler segment is expected to lead the EV market in India instead of buses and cars.
The main advantage of using an e-vehicle is reducing the emission of harmful gases and thus stopping air pollution. It also helps to save non-renewable sources of energy such as petrol and diesel and utilising the renewable sources of energy like electricity and solar power.
But, is India actually ready for such a transition?
India is a country where people cannot easily adapt themselves to change. Moreover, it will be very difficult for the low-income group to afford an electric vehicle. Another major concern is the absence of the EV infrastructure. To set up the kind of infrastructure required for supporting the EVs on roads in India, will definitely take time.
The government of India had earlier said that it is planning to install electric vehicle charging stations at every 25 Km in the country. Now, this requires a lot of time and funds which is again a big challenge for the government.
Another important question is, 'How safe are these lithium-ion battery based electric vehicles?' If an EV catches fire once, there is a chance that it may happen repeatedly if the power-supply from high-performance batteries is not cut off. Safety is going to be a big challenge to Indian electric car manufacturers as it will define the future of e-vehicles in the country.
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