The government aspires for a greener India by emphasising on the sale of only electric vehicles by 2030, or have a large percentage of EVs on the road by then. This would go a long way in addressing India’s clean fuel ideology and reduce high pollution levels. With proper charging infrastructure being key to this EV surge. The increased interest in electric mobility is evident in the lineup for the AutoShow 2020, in Delhi, which sees the highest number of EVs.
Companies have already spruced up their e-mobility offerings. Case in point, Tata Motors which is set to launch its new EV line up after its first foray, the Nexon EV which is expected to be available to the public early next year. M&M will have six EVs launched by 2021 beginning with the KUV100, a subcompact SUV. Both Tata Motors and M&M have drawn up plans to launch complete e-mobility solutions beyond existing cars in three years. Expect no less from market leaders Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai’s EV offerings too.
“Just remember to watch out for a revolution as you will see all the ecommerce companies use electric bikes for delivery,” says Dhivik Reddy, Founder of GoGreenBOV, who is currently in China readying for the launch of his new delivery bike in India, and a large investment announcement.
Players like Bajaj Auto have also announced the launch of the Bajaj Chetak EV scooter with a long-range battery warranty of 50,000 km for three years. And this is not taking into account startups who originally belled the EV cat. The history of electric mobility innovation in India is rich and innovative.
History in the making
GoGreenBoV started the revolution in 2008 while Reva started in 2000, eventually becoming a part of Mahindra Electric in 2010. Reva’s founder Chetan Maini has now started Sun Mobility, a key startup forging ahead in the puzzle of scaling electric vehicles by making swap charging infrastructure for public transportation available. The government of Gujarat uses Sun Mobility’s swap charging in 10 of its buses, and this is set to scale up in 2020. Uber’s auto is going to use Sun’s swap batteries for its next phase of growth. Sun itself will expand to five new cities in 2020.
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