The Indian government announced in April, this year about it’s plans to move away entirely from petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and have only electric-cars ply the roads. Woaah, that is an adventurous, ambitious, pro-environment plan move at a time where global warming is hard bolt hitting us.
India is expected to become the world’s third largest automobile market by 2020, with 11 million car sales forecast for that year. That’s a lot of cars! And that means a dangerous increase in outdoor air pollution and increase of respiratory health issues. The Indian government plans to shift to electric-cars is a much welcome step.
So what exactly are Electric cars?
Electric car is an alternate fuel automobile that uses electricity instead of petrol or diesel. These automobiles have electric motors and controllers used for propulsion. These vehicles do not use the traditional or the common methods of propulsion like ICE (internal combustion engine) instead use electric motors and controllers for propulsion therefore zero omission, and no unwanted pollutants in the air. They say Electric Cars are more suitable for everyday use and city commute after an overnight recharge.
Currently in India only the hybrid cars segment has found its way into the market. Marketed by the already popular car brands, these are available at a higher price range, not an easy choice for a middle class population. Some of the brands in these segments are:
Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Mahindra Scorpio MicroHybrid.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Diesel SHVS.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Diesel SHVS.
However, good news is that, there are some launches in Electric car segments in India in near future like
General Motors – Chevrolet Electric Spark / Chevrolet E-Spar
Hyundai i10 Electric
Reva NXR and NXG
Tesla was planning to launch a car this summer 2017, but delayed the launched due to Heavy taxes imposed by the government on the Imported car. Also, tweet suggested that Tesla, CEO Elon Musk said the plan delayed as they are yet to set up dealerships and service centers, and its plan to install a cross-country network of superchargers was far from being realized. Moreover, Tesla’s trademark autopilot feature seemed ill-prepared for Indian roads plagued by poor infrastructure, deplorable driving skills, and swarms of reckless pedestrians.
We have to wait more I guess, for environment friendly mode of transport.