Andhra Pradesh is proactively embracing the electric vehicle revolution in alignment with the Indian government’s target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2070. The state has committed to providing one lakh electric vehicles to state government employees through EMI schemes, accompanied by incentives like road tax exemptions and waived registration fees.
To create an electric vehicle-friendly ecosystem, the state government is in the process of setting up approximately 400 electric vehicle charging stations at various locations. Currently, 266 stations are operational, with plans for additional stations. Moreover, there’s a proposal to install EV charging stations every 25 kilometers along national highways and every 3 kilometers within city limits, with around 4,000 locations already identified for this purpose.
Vishal Kapoor, CEO of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), emphasized the significance of EESL’s national electric bus program, designed to deploy a large number of electric buses nationwide. The program’s demand aggregation model optimizes procurement and cost reduction, making electric buses economically viable for operators across the country. Kapoor highlighted the vital role of public-private partnerships in India’s electrification revolution, combining government policies with private sector innovation and investment.
India has set an ambitious target of achieving 30% electric vehicles by 2030, which is expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and oil imports. This commitment is supported by schemes and policies like FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles). Notably, two-wheelers and three-wheelers account for over 80% of total EV sales in 2023. The nation’s electric vehicle infrastructure is reinforced with 6,500 operational public charging stations as of March 2023.
Collaborations with global partners are driving innovation, offering tailored solutions that meet India’s unique needs, including battery swapping and smart charging infrastructure. The national electric bus program is poised to enhance sustainable public transport, aligning with India’s vision for a greener and more efficient era of public transportation.