In India currently there are nearly four lakh registered electric or battery operated vehicles in India and over 50% of them are in UP & Delhi as per the government data.
However, sources from industry feel that the actual number of electric vehicles would be much more than the official figure.
Hundreds of e-rickshaws have been operating across country without registration. Despite the fact that e-rickshaws and e-carts are exempted from obtaining commercial permits to carry passengers or goods.
This was done considering that these are “affordable” mode of transport for last mile connectivity in cities and also in rural areas
Sources said most of these vehicles are e-rickshaws and e-carts, which got legal status after Parliament passed a law in March 2015 to recognize these as motor vehicles.
UP has 1.39 lakh registered electric vehicles followed by nearly 75,600 in Delhi.
Karnataka has third highest number of registered e-vehicles and Maharashtra comes next. Interestingly, Assam also has a high number of e-vehicles (15,192) among all northeastern states and more than many states in north, south and western India.
The transport ministry in October 2018 also came out with the notification granting exemption to battery operated commercial vehicles and those running on ethanol and methanol from the requirements of permits.
Gadkari has also proposed exemption of registration fee for EVs to promote the use of ecofriendly vehicles in the country and it has sought comments and objections from all stakeholders before taking a final decision.
In Future we are likely to see a surge in e-vehicles with both manufactures & government taken many initiatives to promote the greener options for transport.
The consumer is also getting more aware and looking at exploring options. However, the last mile connectivity, affordability of electric vehicles and more infrastructure related solutions could lead to higher acceptance.