World EV Day: EESL promoting e-mobility in India to combat climate change

New Delhi (NVI): With climate change taking precedence, electric mobility is gradually inching towards the center stage. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is combating the air pollution in the nation by driving India’s e-mobility transition.

On the World’s first EV Day, many of the charging suppliers and car manufacturers, as well as other organisations involved with the electric car ecosystem have partnered together to celebrate the transition to sustainable road transport and a zero-emissions electric future.

World EV Day aims to celebrate e-mobility solutions across the globe and will also look to address the wider role of climate change and air quality. EVs are the pathway towards building a cleaner and greener world.

The movement is launched in conjunction with the Swedish-Swiss firm ABB and sustainability media company Green TV.

In India, in continuation to its #iCommit initiative, launched by RK Singh, Minister of State, Power and New & Renewable Energy, EESL is celebrating the World EV Day by continuing its commitment to transform India’s mobility landscape.

EESL has already deployed 1,514 electric vehicles on road till date, under the National e-Mobility Programme, making a remarkable impact on the environment by enabling reduction of 5,360 tonnes of CO2 emissions so far.

With the aim to provide an impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem, the Government of India launched the National E-Mobility Programme in 2018. The objective of this programme is to create a sustainable demand for e-vehicles, promote domestic manufacturing for both EVs and lithium-ion battery, and reduce oil imports and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector.

Saurabh Kumar, EVC, EESL stated, There are no two ways about the fact that the future of mobility, not only in India but globally, is electric and it is time we equipped ourselves for it. With a supportive policy framework, India’s journey towards electric mobility has commenced. It is now incumbent upon us as stakeholders to join forces and enable a clean, green, and electric future for better public health and quality of life for ourselves and our coming generations.”

 

In the country, e-mobility has positioned itself as viable mobility alternative & there has been a rise in awareness around its merits, in India. It is now time to make a shift towards sustainability, by adopting electric vehicles.

A surge of 20 per cent in the sale of electronic vehicles has been recorded on a year-on-year basis. These sales include the off-take of electric two-wheelers, cars and buses.

Around 1,56,000 EVs were sold in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20, up from 1,30,000 in the previous year, according to data from Power Ministry.

Minister of State, Power and New & Renewable Energy, RK Singh, took to twitter on this occasion and wrote, “Electric mobility plays a central role in reducing both the nation’s carbon footprint & its dependency on oil imports. A switch to electric cars is now imperative & will require enthusiastic participation from the people of India. #WorldEVDay”

The key elements of an electric vehicle ecosystem will include charging solutions, supplier base for electric vehicle components, vehicle financing and mobility service providers.

Electric mobility as a concept took off a long time ago at a global level but the Indian automotive market is still only in the nascent stages. But thankfully, with growing awareness and interest things have started to change considerably.

-CHK