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The Indian government has had their National Electric Mobility Plan since 2013

with a stated aim to finish in 2020. It has now earmarked “Rs 1000 crore” (see below) over the next two years to investigate, promote and instigate a charging infrastructure, various incentives and pilot projects.

They are anticipating around 6-7 million electric and hybrid vehicles in India by 2020.

It is an ambitious project but shows the commitment that the Indians have to this burgeoning economy and the announcement is projecting a saving in fuel of over 2 million tonnes, lowering of carbon dioxide emissions by some 1.3% by the end of the roadmap.

Consider other news:
Delhi’s transport department is launching a scheme to bring e-rickshaw’s (see some here) to the streets (with caveats about having a licence and safe and responsible disposal of the lead acid batteries.

Independent local firm Mahindra Reva looking to install 20 ‘quick2charge’ stations in Bangalore by the end of this year – and indeed, you can actually hire one of Mahindra’s electric ‘e2o‘. They’ve even built an App for the service.

The Indian take on the rise of electric vehicles is one to watch for sure. They seem to have a positive grip on the probability/possibilities that electrics can give not only the economy but also the planet.

We watch with interest…

• An Indian crore is 10,000,000 Rupees (IRS). Multiple that by 1000 to get 10,000,000,000 IRS – current exchange rates (Jan 2015) gives @ £106 million or US$161m

This article originally appeared in the India Times.

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