The government is incessantly promoting the manufacture and sale of electric vehicle across the country so that the masses adopt a sustainable vehicle for various transportation purposes under the scheme “Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles” or (FAME). This scheme is of paramount importance considering the perilous impact of climate change across the globe, and hence the adoption of sustainable electric vehicle would substantially reduce the global air pollution. Thus, initiatives have been taken by the government to incentivize the stakeholders to promote sale of sustainable, electric vehicles since 2015.
According to the numbers provided by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as of July 19, 2021, approximately 5.20 lakh electric vehicles are registered in the country. In addition, the FAME scheme has significantly favored new registration of approximately 87,659 electric vehicles including 4 wheelers, 3 wheelers and 2 wheelers till July 20, 2021.
Further, the government has proclaimed to corroborate the rapid adoption of electric vehicles in the near future, and that by 2030, 30 per cent of vehicles on the Indian roads would be electric. Nitin Gadkari, the Road Transport and Highways Minister, made it pertinent for all officials in the central government ministries and department to switch to electric vehicles only.
The adoption of electric vehicle would be meaningless in India if there no availability of proper charging infrastructure on the highways since more and more people in the country go on for long distance or interstate travelling. Thus, it is imperative that the government ensures extensive development of appropriate charging stations in order to cater the huge demand of electric vehicle in India.
There are about 427 installed electric vehicle charging stations in the country. Out of this, 77 are situated on prominent national highways and 350 of them are divided across 7 states and two union territories namely, Delhi and Chandigarh. Delhi has about 94 charging stations, while Chandigarh has 48. Among the 7 states, Telangana has the highest number of EV charging stations (50), followed by Rajasthan (49) and Karnataka (45).
The government has further sanctioned the installation of 2,877 EV charging stations in 68 cities across 25 states, which is expected to be installed in the upcoming days.