Complete electrification of Delhi public transport in next 5 years, says Anant Geete
Under the aegis of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), the government has proposed a pilot project to convert in next five years, all of Delhi’s carbon dioxide spewing public transport vehicles into electric vehicles.
This program will be later replicated in other cities, the minister for Heavy Industries told ETAuto.com on the sidelines of a conference.
“We want to run the pilot project in Delhi. We have already sent a proposal to the Delhi government, but because of elections we did not get any response then. To begin with we plan to convert all the public transport vehicles in Delhi to Electric Vehicles and this will be replicated by other cities in a phased manner. We hope that in the next five years Delhi’s entire public transport will be converted to electric vehicles,” Anant Gete, Minister for Heavy Industries told ETAuto.com, on the sidelines of the recent SIAM conference.
The government recently had unveiled a program called the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020. This plan envisages providing incentives of about Rs 14,000 crore for promotion of cleaner electric vehicle technologies in India.
NEMMP has projected a potential for 6-7 million units of new vehicles sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs),
The NEMMP 2020 is a well researched document and relies on in-depth primary data based study conducted jointly by the Government and the Industry which indicates that high latent demand for environmentally friendly electric vehicle technologies exists in the country.
As per these projections, 6-7 million units of new vehicle sales of the full range of electric vehicles, along with resultant liquid fuel savings of 2.2 – 2.5 million tonnes can be achieved in 2020. This will also result in substantial lowering of vehicular emissions and decrease in carbon di-oxide emissions by 1.3% to 1.5% in 2020 as compared to a status quo scenario.
In addition, Government will also need to facilitate automotive R&D and put in place charging infrastructure. It is estimated that the Government will need to provide support to the tune of Rs 13000 – Rs 14000 Crore over the next 5-6 years.