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Union Minister Stresses Vital Role of EVs in India’s Climate Action Efforts

EV-Ready India dashboard forecasts 45.5 per cent  Compounded Annual Growth Rate in electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030. Annual sales of 1.6 crore EVs in India by 2030 


Decarbonising the transport sector is a crucial step in reducing carbon emissions, according to the Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy. Transport accounts for 18 per cent of India’s emissions, just below the industrial sector. The government has been actively promoting electric vehicles (EVs) to address this issue.

The Minister highlighted the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in advocating for clean energy. The Prime Minister’s early support for solar energy, despite initial criticisms, has contributed to the substantial cost reduction in solar power. This commitment to clean energy is a driving force behind the push for electric vehicles. The government laid down guidelines for EV charging as early as April 2018, setting the stage for the EV revolution in India.

To facilitate EV adoption, the government has launched a dashboard (https://evyatra.beeindia.gov.in/) that provides real-time information on the location and occupancy status of charging stations. This dashboard allows users to book charging spaces in advance, enhancing the convenience of EV usage.

The Minister stressed that the adoption of electric vehicles is not only essential for a growing economy like India but is also a significant step for climate action. He emphasised the importance of considering per capita emissions, where India’s per capita emissions are one-third of the global average, and per capita emissions from developed countries are three times higher. India’s contributions to legacy carbon dioxide load on the planet are only 4 per cent, despite having 17 per cent of the world’s population. The Minister reaffirmed India’s commitment to climate action by highlighting its accomplishments in meeting Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) well in advance. These commitments include a target of 50 per cent of power capacity from non-fossil fuel sources and a 45 per cent  reduction in emissions intensity.

The adoption of electric vehicles is seen as a critical step in reducing emissions. The EV-Ready India Dashboard, developed by the OMI Foundation, provides insights into EV sales data, charging infrastructure, demand trends, and Total Cost of Ownership comparisons. It estimates over 1.6 crore (16 million) annual EV deployments in India by 2030. Maharashtra and Delhi have the highest number of charging stations in India, with Tamil Nadu emerging as the electric two-wheeler manufacturing hub. The dashboard also reports that India has already avoided 5.18 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2023, equivalent to planting 85.47 million tree seedlings. The dashboard offers a comprehensive overview of EV policies, charging infrastructure, and news related to EV adoption.


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