Picture of Mahindra Reva e2o for representation purpose only
Hats off to companies like Mahindra Reva and Hero Electric for pursuing their dreams to bring about a greener world and encourage the use of electric vehicles in India. Because the government has now admitted that it has not implemented schemes/policy initiatives to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. This information was given on December 2, 2014 by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply to Lok Sabha question.
Mahindra Reva e2o is not only the greenest car available in
India today but it also an initiative by the Mahindra group to encourage the
use of electric vehicles in the country. Similar is the case with Naveen Munjal
controlled Hero Electric that manufactures electric motorcycles and cycles in
the country. Both these companies have been fighting all odds to ensure that
their products are accepted by people. This is despite the fact that the Indian
government is doing almost nothing to encourage their use.
The Minister said in his reply that a Scheme for Faster
Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles In India, under the
National Electric Mobility Mission 2020 has been proposed. The scheme envisages
to encourage progressive induction of reliable, affordable and efficient
electric and hybrid vehicles (xEV) in the country that meet consumer
performance and price expectations, through Government-Industry collaboration
for promotion and development of indigenous manufacturing capabilities,
required infrastructure, consumer awareness and technology; thereby helping
India to emerge as a leader in the xEV Two Wheeler and Four Wheeler market in
the world by 2020. The Mission aims at providing a clean transportation system
to the people that is not dependent on gasoline based fossil fuel, he said.
But the Minister also admitted that the scheme is only on
paper no policy initiative has been undertaken to encourage these brave hearts
among the Indian corporates.
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