Goa: The union government’s efforts to speed up electric vehicle adoption in the country will get a big push with the standardization of charging infrastructure which is scheduled to be launched by the end of 2022.
The independent organisation Automotive Research Foundation of India (ARAI), Pune, is working on this. “For fast charging, the prototype is ready and by December 2022, we will bring this to the market. But we are hoping this can be done even before that,” Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Heavy Industries, said in Goa on Friday.
He invited the industry stakeholders and policymakers from the key states to push electric vehicle adoption in the fast lane.
He underscored the need for the adoption of electric mobility in order to cut the greenhouse gas emission by one billion tonnes in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment at the COP26 at Glasgow.
The Transport Sector contributes 13.2% of total greenhouse gas emissions and road transport’s contribution is almost 90%. Total energy demand in domestic transport is HSD 68%, Petrol 27%, and CNG 5%. India depends on import of fuel which it wants to reduce.
The Minister said that there is an inter-ministerial discussion on providing charging infrastructure at 30% of the total 70,000 fuel stations across the country. Though no timeline was shared he assured it would be soon decided.
The ministry looks at providing charging stations at 20 km for cars and at every 100 km for commercial vehicles while the cities will have a charging station at every 3 km.
“Even though the efforts are on to provide charging infrastructures across the country, initially the focus will be on expressways, highways and metros which are highly polluting.” Pandey added.
Arun Goel, Secretary, ministry of heavy industries, projects that 16% of the new two-wheelers, 20% of the new three-wheelers and 5% of the new cars sold will be electric by 2026.
He also projected almost 30% growth in the passenger travel km by 2030 and it will be driven population growth in the city and urban areas.