The pilot project of Indian ride handling major Ola launched a trail with a fleet of 200 Electric vehicle in the western city of Nagpur last year from the investment of $8 million from soft bank including a big gathering and flagging off by the union minister Nitin Gadkari has recently been examined again.
After 9 months the program has hit a snag as so far it has only exposed the fractures in PM Narender Modi’s ambition to make all new vehicles electric by 2030. The Ola drivers are unhappy with the waiting at charging stations and the high operation costs.
Of the 20 Ola electric car drivers interviewed by Reuters in Nagpur , about a dozen had either returned their electric taxi and switched to diesel or were planning to do so.
Ola had planned to make 50 charging stations available across four locations in Nagpur, but on a visit to the city in late January only about a dozen were found working effectively. Since then 10 more charge stations have been added but the target has still not been achieved. Ola was also forced to close one of the charge stations due to the anger of residents as it caused traffic jams.
The global automakers have insisted the government to lay down a clear policy first to encourage the manufacturing of electric vehicles to bring down their cost and create charging infrastructure. Reportedly, last month government asserted that no vehicle policy will be drafted for electric vehicle.
The sales of electric cars in one of the world’s fastest growing auto markets made up less than 0.1% of annual sales for more than 3 million passenger cars. The small demands are a result of high battery cost and short range, also the charging infrastructure is not sufficient.
Source: Economic Times
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