India ambitious about its all electric rickshaws drive



India is scheduled to roll out its most ambitious plan of launching nearly 100,000 battery-powered buses and autorickshaws onto its city streets with a goal to make vehicles on the road all-electric by 2030.

In a bid to meet the bold climate change targets Inda pledged in Paris in 2015, which will help in A?reducing diesel and petrol which would improve the nation’s health.

India is not alone in wanting all-electric cars, though it is aiming to go faster than others.

Along with India, Britain and France have also announced the end sale of fossil fuel cars by 2040.

On top of gradually bringing in electric rickshaws and buses in New Delhi, the government has issued a tender to automakers for 10,000 cars to replace pollution producers at four government ministries.

Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Principal Advisor to the Power Minister and the official spearheading the efforts cited that instead of the government paying millions to power up depleted car batteries, he urges private energy companies to invest in “swapping bays”, where drivers can exchange empty batteries for fresh ones.

“The idea is to keep it as low-cost as possible,” Jhunjhunwala said. “Vehicles and chargers must happen without subsidies and must make business sense.”

Reductions in the size and cost of electric vehicles, coupled with rapid technological advances, mean India’s ambitions are “very feasible”, said Bill Hare, Chief Executive of the Berlin-based Climate Analytics consultancy.

As of now, Mahindra, only company selling electric cars in India . The company hopes to sell up to 5,000 units this year, including auto rickshaws.

So far it has tied up with cab firms in a handful of cities, logistics firms and start-ups that offer a sharing system of self-driving cars.