Green Mobility Focus: What’s Happening Around the World?

By Sanjay Banerjee--The author is passionate about how businesses can benefit from technology. He is a tech enthusiast and a senior business leader at EFY.

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• Lack of service networks: Maybe this can be driven by the government with the support of a major service partner or manufacturer who has a pan-India presence.

Here are a few suggestions that I feel would go a long way in addressing these issues and promoting the rapid growth and acceptance of electric vehicles in the country, besides encouraging businesses to enter this domain.

• Central and state policies favouring the adoption of electric mobility — financial subsidies, non-monetary incentives and/or restrictions and penalties.

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• PPP model for setting up charging facilities and parking infrastructure.

• Reducing the dependence on Li-ion batteries by exploring alternative renewable energy options.

• A model project which can be funded by the government in certain states/cities under the ‘Smart Cities’ programme, and then extended across the country. This should encompass some model villages as well, such as those that have a high per capita agricultural output.

• Incubation facilities for EV enabled businesses, as have already been set up successfully in various cities in the world including Shanghai, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Barcelona. Taking a cue from these global cities, the Central and state governments could partner to set up such facilities in Indian cities like Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Dharamshala, etc.

• Creation of technology platforms and awareness programmes at B2B and B2C levels.

• Creation of state funded sales support networks, which can have public private partnerships.

Before leaving readers with these recommendations, I would like to ask a simple, thought-provoking question: “How will the rapid growth of electric vehicles affect the demand for crude oil over the next few years?”


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