Electric vehicles (EVs) are making waves in India. The Indian government has shown a strong commitment to promoting EVs. Programmes such as the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) and the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) schemes have been instrumental in providing financial incentives and subsidies to promote the adoption of EVs.However, the expansion of electric vehicles requires significant efforts in areas such as the development of charging infrastructure, the availability of diverse EV models, and the enhancement of public awareness. This podcast discusses the growth, challenges, and financing of the EV sector.

This podcast features Amit Bhatt, a veteran with over 20 years of experience in transportation, urban development and management, and currently serves as ICCT’s Managing Director for India, and Lizbeth Jibi Godwin, Research Associate at Centre for Public Policy Research. 

Key Discussion Points

  • How has the adoption of electric vehicles contributed to India’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities in transitioning to electric vehicles in a country as diverse as India?
  • Cities like Hubli face challenges as to foreign make of electric buses due to which the spare parts have to be imported. Can India make itself self-reliant when talking about transitioning to EV?
  • The government’s role in promoting electric vehicles – have the NEMMP and FAME schemes proven beneficial?
  • Given that e-buses have waivers in terms of tax and permits, how has their operations been in inter state and intra city operations?
  • What progress has been made in developing a robust charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and what obstacles still need to be overcome?

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