A storm of events is catapulting the lethargic Electric Vehicle Industry in India to the forefront of the Automobile Sector in the World.
- First recent event was the Government of India had launched…the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 in 2013. This was royally ignored by the Automakers in India and they still refused to release electric vehicles or even CNG SUVs. Before NEMMP they had complained EVERY YEAR from 2010 saying subsidies were not enough. All major Car Makers of India (Mahindra E2O, Tata Nano EV & Vista EV and Maruti Eeco Charge) had one EV by then. Mahindra had released E2O in March 2013 and did not bring out any new models till 1 June 2016 citing various lame excuses.
- Then came the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric Vehicles) which was again ignored by one and all automakers to release updated vehicles.
- The scenario was so bleak that we at PlugInCaroo had even announced that Mahindra are trying to withhold E2O from selling to its potential and even planning to kill the car by 2017-2018 citing lack of sales.
- Suddenly this slow lethargic and uninterested auto industry was given a big jolt by the Odd-Even policy unleashed in the first week of December 2015 in Delhi by Arvind Kejriwal, a drastic but temporary way to address heavy pollution in Delhi. This would go on to reduce importance of personal car and empty the roads for the first time in the country. There was a distinct possibility for polluting cars to be banned totally in the future! This did not go down well with the auto industry. R C Bhargavathe chairman of Maruti Suzuki publicly said the move had no logic.
- Then on 12 December 2015 177 countries took the Paris Pledge to do away with Coal & Oil (Diesel & Petrol) by 2050. This would mean banning Diesel & Petrol cars totally by 2025 meaning 9 years from today!!!! Norway has already drawn up law to ban Petrol & Diesel cars by 2025.
- This seems to have woken up the NGT (National Green Tribune) from their deep slumber and by May 2016 they had banned 11 out of 15 cities in the most poluted list — Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Patna, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar. These were based on where the ambient air quality didn’t meet prescribed standards.
- The ban had specifically targeted big vehicles especially those bigger than 2 Litre engine. These were the “Rich-People Cars”/Expensive cars/”SUVs”. It was the the most profitable division in Automobiles. This was a big, hard and unexpected kick in the balls of big car makers… whose balls are made of brass and then sparks came out of their ass!!! The likes of which you can see in the above image.
- 02 June 2016… hehehehe…out comes Electric Verito… which was hidden for many years safe from public eye. Mahindra had publicly said E-Verito would only be released only as fleet cars which is proved by the lack of airbags, navigation unit and reverse camera which are available in the E2O. Checked their website and this is available only in Delhi as of today…LOL. A big salute to NGT.
- Soon the electric Maxximo School Bus and Commercial Val will be out.
- Tata Nano EV in 2012 had a range of 160 kms. Today it could possibly come with 250kms range!
- Maruti will bring out its Hybrids – Swift and Ciaz (10Lakh). But Never go for a hybrid as the maintenance cost is double… you pay for maintenance of Petrol Engine and also for the maintenance of Battery which has to be changed every 5 yrs. E2O and e-Verito are better. The Touch screen Navigation and Reverse Camera gives the E2O an advantage over e-Verito. While e-Verito has a bigger boot and 4 doors. E2O is perfect for couples and e-Vertio is good for families with more than 3 people.
- Soon all of them will come out with electric or CNG Trucks and Buses else they will get banned left right and center.
The rest will be history. The word is out these automakers can no longer hide their electric vehicles. All these years they were benefiting from Diesel subsidy to sell their bigger vehicles but now they will have to sell either Petrol, CNG or Electric vehicles.
Electric or CNG the customer gets benefited either way because if he is not very confident of electric vehicle or he routinely travels above 100kms then he can buy petrol car or SUV and convert it to CNG. The CNG fuel cost is 60% cheaper than petrol and mileage is better. CNG can also be made at home as Biogas. People having diary farm MUST shift to biogas powered CNG SUVs due to the constant availability of fuel at their farm.
India with its huge agricultural Industry stands to reap rich harvest with the use of CNG or Electricity because with its huge cattle population the country produces abundant Methane and the lack of electricity can be easily solved with Solar Panels installed by customers for charging the electric vehicles.
Good times ahead!