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Why Electric Vehicles Can Drive Change For India’S Cities

Rapid urbanization in India, which has some of the most populous cities in the world, is putting pressure on finding solutions to tackle rising pollution levels and aging transportation infrastructure. The Indian government’s response, in part, is to drive toward a future where electric vehicles dominate. The Indian government already has announced a policy for the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which will be first rolled out in cities with more than four million residents, like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat and Pune. Countries including China, Germany, Israel, Britain, and Mexico have plans to ban fossil-fuel vehicles in the next 20 years, and promote the use of electric vehicles. India is currently running the Phase I of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles Scheme until March 2019. Under this, the Government aims to invest US$ 134 million in creating infrastructure, research and development of EV technology, and promoting use of electric vehicles. “Infrastructure development should now be seen with a new perspective. A lot of the infrastructure facelift witnessed across our cities, commercial establishments, expressways and corridors, and high street locations will need to factor in elements including the solutions of urban mobility, open community spaces, along with robust supporting infrastructure including charging facilities,” Nair says.

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