Joining the pack of domestic and international automotive companies that have stepped forward to support the Indian government’s electric mobility mission is Japan-headquartered Nissan Motor Company. In a recent media interaction, Corporate VP and Global Head of Nissan-owned Datsun, Jose Roman, said that the government’s initiative to transition to all-electric vehicles by 2030 is definitely “doable”, at least in the major cities.
Elaborating further, he stated, “It’s a fantastic plan. But it is not the responsibility of car companies alone. The government and customers have to play an equal role. The technology already exists. But the government has to put in place charging infrastructure.”
“India is not a country, it’s a subcontinent. Pan-India electric vehicle infrastructure might not be possible by 2030, but it is doable in at least major cities,” added Jose Roman.
The multinational automobile manufacturer was among the six companies that applied for the government tender of 10,000 EVs and 4,000 charging stations in Delhi/NCR. The tender, which was open for bidding in September, was later awarded to Tata Motors. Soon after, Mahindra and Mahindra said that it would match Tata Motors’ lowest bid of $15,534 (INR 10.16 Lakh) per vehicle.
As part of the first phase of the tender, the government also recently invited snap bids for EV chargers to ensure adequate charging infrastructure for the 500 electric sedans that it would be procuring later this month.
In a related development, the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has acquired four high-tech electric buses. As per reports, the civic transport provider is looking to deploy the eco-friendly buses in the city’s suburban areas.