A new year, a new dawn. The year 2018 is poised to usher in unprecedented technological disruption and innovation across all sectors. In the mobility industry, electric vehicles are currently one of the most buzzworthy topics. Beating major powers like the US, China, Russia and Britain, Norway has set a new world record, with electric and hybrid vehicles accounting for nearly 52% of its total car sales in 2017 against 40% in 2016. This is indeed an impressive feat as it marks the first time that the Scandinavian nation’s fossil fuel market shares have dipped below 50%.
Coming to some of the developments that took place over the last seven days, the Karnataka government recently announced plans to procure 640 electric vehicles under the Central government’s FAME India subsidised scheme. Gurugram-headquartered power electronics solutions provider Exicom Tele-Systems is set to supply 125 EV chargers to EESL.
After electric vehicles, government-run think tank NITI Aayog is now pushing methanol as a more efficient alternative to fossil fuels. As per reports, the Aayog, in its recommendations to the government, has argued that vehicles fueled by conventionally-generated electricity are neither sustainable nor cost-effective.
In other news, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo created quite a stir when he said that the government has no plans to switch to 100% electric vehicles by 2030, in a written reply to the Parliament.
The much-awaited procurement of electric vehicles by EESL from Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra will likely get delayed due to the lack of adequate charging infrastructure in the country. The EVs were originally scheduled for delivery by November 30, which was later postponed to December 30.
Given that so much has been happening in the country’s electric vehicle sector, we bring to you the seventh edition of the weekly EV roundups.