Electric Mass Mobility Journey Begins @ Nagpur

The Nagpur City of Maharashtra in India is proudly known as the Orange City and now Nagpur becomes the first city with electric mass mobility. Soon it will be known asCity of Electric Vehiclesin India.

Why Nagpur ? This is an interesting question to think on and I shall leave it to readers to have their own thoughts on this . Only positive side and good part that I can take from this initiative is Government’s intention and involvement on Electric Mass Mobility.

Electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur will bring about a transformational change in automotive and transportation landscape in the country. It is very interesting to study and to know about this model. Let’s have a look at some facts.

FACTS :

Stakeholders : Mahindra Electric, Ola, ACME

Total investment by Ola :  50 crs ( Includes EVs and Charging infrastructure)

Charging infrastructure : 4 strategic location, 50+ charging points

Total fleet : 200 electric vehicles as Pilot Project

Ola Electric

PILOT PROJECT : The pilot project will commence with a 200 fleet, including 100 of Mahindra’s new e2o Plus vehicles. The rest of the fleet will comprise vehicles sourced from other OEMs from India & China such as Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS.

With focus on eco friendly transport, Electric vehicle fleet will constitute Electric Autos and Electric Buses as a part of mission. This will complete the electric vehicle model as a mobility package which will include Electric Cars, Autos, Buses and Charging Infrastructure. Once this model is successful, then sky is the limit. Similar model can be implemented in other cities and then in real sense India will become a country of Electric Mobility with a target of 100% EVs by 2030.

CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE :

ACME group has launched India’s first battery swapping and charging station for electric vehicles. With battery swapping launch, ACME has added a positive movement towards Electric Mobility mission. Battery Swapping will really make sense in country like India. Its a win-win situation for OEMs as well Charging infrastructure companies.

In EVs, battery contributes to approx. 50% of vehicle cost. With battery swapping business, there will be less pressure on OEMs and thus business case will become positive for many manufactures to enter into this segment with electric vehicle without battery.

ACME has provided battery swapping and charging stations to taxi aggregator Ola for their pilot project at Nagpur in which 200 vehicles all running on electricity.  It plans to replicate similar swapping and charging infrastructure in other cities of India to facilitate adoption of electric mobility.

FUTURE & INVESTMENTS : 

Ola plans to invest $2 billion in e-vehicles in all cities of India and run one million electricity-powered vehicles on the Ola platform by 2020.

Mahindra & Mahindra started investing in e-vehicles a decade ago and launched the e2o in 2011, followed by a sedan and a cargo vehicle powered by electricity. Company’s total investment in technology, products, and plants of e-vehicles was to the tune of Rs600 crore

The future belongs to vehicles powered by electricity, solar power, ethanol, liquified natural gas, and bio-fuel, and compressed natural gas. India imports crude oil worth more than INR 4 trillion which effectively means we are exporting our money. Import-substituting, pollution-free, cost-effective, and indigenous means of mass public transport is the way forward to bring down India’s dependence on imported crude.

I believe that electric mobility in a multi-modal format will be key towards Electric Mobility and Green Environment mission for a billion Indians .

With this Pilot Project, its time of excitement and time to wait & watch : Are electric cars ready to stand on their own?

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