Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Niti Aayog gets fast charging station for electric vehicles

Union minister Nitin Gadkari sits on the driving seat of an electric vehicle during the inauguration of two Electric Vehicle charging points at Niti Aayog in New Delhi on Thursday Niti Aayog gets fast charging station for electric vehicles
Russell Knight | 17 February, 2018, 03:44

Meanwhile, the Karnataka and Maharashtra state governments are already promoting electric mobility with their separate EV policy.

Installation of the fast charging station was done by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways.

Gadkari said Niti Aayog is helping the government in finalizing minute details of the policy and once it is implemented, owners of vehicles which are more than 15 years old will get some rebate for discarding their used vehicles and buying new ones. So, the government has decided there should be action only instead of any change in the current rule and regulations. The decision to stick to action plans arises out of a desire to allow technology the freedom to evolve organically, according to Kant. It becomes hard to change rules and regulations. Its Terra 53 charger converts the AC current from the electrical grid to direct current (DC) used by electric vehicle batteries to charge them but also has the capability to charge EVs using AC charging.

"Our view had been that existing schemes have to be continued for a while and benefits given to EVs. So, if there isn't a policy on electric vehicles, it is not a problem at all", said Bhargava.

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"Accelerated adoption of electric and shared vehicles can save $60 billion in diesel and petrol costs, while cutting down as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon emissions by 2030", government think tank NITI Aayog has said in a joint report with the Rock Mountain Institute.

Therefore, the announcement by Nitin Gadkari to drop EV policy will not only affect the startups that are working on electric mobility solutions but will also affect the lucrativeness of India as a market for global EV companies.

Electric vehicle sales are low in India because of few available models and a lack of charging infrastructure.

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