The Government of India delays the purchase of 10,000 electric cars that will be used by officials.
In recent times we have witnessed grandiose statements by senior officials of the Government of India regarding the future plans of the country on matters as important as electric mobility or autonomous driving technology. The truth is that some of these comments must be quarantined as it goes against the mainstream, while others must be considered and given the importance they deserve.
During the month of May 2017 we echoed an important announcement made by Piyush Goyal, Minister of Energy, Coal, Mines and Renewable Energies of India, who noted the interest of the Indian government to add to the fleet of government vehicles a total of 10,000 electric cars as a measure of its strategic plan to bet on sustainable mobilityand improve air quality in the main cities of the country.
Now, after more than a year of those declarations, it has been confirmed that the incorporation of these thousands of electric cars will be delayed. The state-owned Energy Efficiency Services is responsible for purchasing the electric cars that will arrive to replace the current fleet of diesel and gasoline vehicles that are used daily by some of the officials in India. Saurabh Kumar, General Director of Energy Efficiency Services, has indicated that these electric cars will not arrive until March 2019 .
The main reason that has caused the delay in the purchase process of these electric cars is simply the lack of recharging points. The infrastructure necessary for the daily use of the electric car is conspicuous by its absence. This makes it impossible to put 10,000 vehicles of this nature on the street. During an interview Kumar noted that there are currently around 150 electric cars in circulation in Delhi and about 100 in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Of the approximately 200 charging points for electric cars operating in India, more than half are in New Delhi.
What brand will these electric cars come from? TATA Motors and Mahindra & Mahindran were the winners of the tender to supply Energy Efficiency Services with the 10,000 electric cars they will acquire in the first phase. After its launch, the company will make a new purchase for another 10,000 units.
Another of the most ambitious goals set by the Indian government for the year 2030 is that electric cars represent a third of the car fleet. A date that seems too close to the economic situation of this emerging country in which, as previously specified, it lacks the necessary infrastructure to cover the needs of the owners of a fully electric car