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Electric mobility is often considered as a mere change in fuel source within existing transportation systems. Yet, the opportunity is far greater, provided barriers to mass electric vehicle adoption (e.g. capital cost, vehicle range and access to charging infrastructure) are actively resolved. In addition, the intrinsic connections between electric transportation and the energy sector offer unique opportunities to leverage the ongoing clean energy transition in India.
Making the move to electric mobility will require a carefully planned strategy that envisions the merging of the transportation and energy sectors and re-envisions relationships between people and vehicles. It will need an ecosystem approach that is comprehensive and relevant to the local context, with policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders clearly identifying the technologies and approaches that best fit the Indian scenario that is unique and stands apart from other nations -
WRI India’s Electric Mobility Program is pursuing three lines of work that form the basis of our policy work with decision makers in state and central government, industry, and academia -
Access our TCO EValuator that allows you to compare and contrast the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers, cars and buses, as well as light commercial freight vehicles (LCFV), medium commercial freight vehicles (MCFV) and heavy commercial freight vehicles (HCFV) against their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts.
Access our Route EValuator that allows you to gauge the merit for deployment of e-buses on specific routes and develop corresponding implementation plans. The EValuator sheds light on key techno-economic aspects that are important for the decision-making and preparedness of the transit agencies, to ensure that a route’s electrification neither disrupts the quality of the existing bus service nor becomes financially burdensome.
Technical feasibility and financial sustainability of electrifying a route
For a route on which e-bus deployment is technically feasible, the evaluator explicates the required specifications of e-buses, the suitable charging strategy, area for setting up infrastructure, power supply requirements, etc.
In case electrification of a route is not found to be technically feasible in the present context, the evaluator suggests certain requirements that can potentially enable e-bus deployment on the route
WRI India Ross Center adopts a four-pronged strategy to advance the electric mobility agenda in India -
Informing policy discussions at the national and state-level.
Provide hand-holding support to 6 states & cities on EV policy planning, development and implementation.
Supporting cities to adopt electric buses as part of their public transport fleet.
“India is committed to reducing nearly 35% of its CO2 emissions and electric vehicles will have a major role to play as we progress along this path. The predictability and consistency of policy is very important, and organizations like WRI India have a very critical role to play.”
CEO, NITI Aayog
As featured in a ‘Powertalk’ interview in the first edition of EV Connect
A curated and compiled newsletter of the latest EV developments in India and abroad, WRI India Ross Center’s monthly newsletter EV Connect also features in-depth interviews with key stakeholders across the electric mobility ecosystem.