The Government of India seems to be getting serious towards the electric vehicles. As per some news reports the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways will soon install as many as 1,200 charging points on the PPP basis that will allow charging of electric vehicles within one to six hours.
The reports say that the project is likely to begin in Nagpur this month and charging points will be installed at fuel stations in the city. UP and Gujarat are also being considered as states where this project can be extended.
The government has plans to ban diesel vehicles in a phased manner and it has aims to roll out over 50 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles in the next three years. If this plan by the government materializes will save up to 9,500 million tonnes of fossil fuel and reduce emission of green house gases by up to 2 lakh million tonnes.
Minister of Transport, Nitin Gadkari, during his visit to the United States last year had also approached American electric car manufacturer Tesla to start manufacturing in India. The government is also considering Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization program which will give incentive to the buyers.
According to a study conducted by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Ministry of Heavy Industry, India has the potential to reach sales of over 7 million electric vehicles by 2020.