Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

India's first fleet of 200 electric vehicles launched in Nagpur

India's first fleet of 200 electric vehicles launched in Nagpur

Currently, Mahindra Electric sells four electric vehicles namely eVerito sedan, e2o Plus hatch, eSupro van and Panel vans - the last two being last-mile connectivity providers.

At Nagpur Airport Complex, Gadkari along with Devendra Fadnavis started India's first electric auto project.

Bhavish Aggrawal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola said: "The Government has been extremely supportive towards kick-starting this initiative and we look forward to working with them and the various industry partners in building the electric vehicle ecosystem grounds up for India".

Flagging off the fleet, manufactured by Mahindra and Mahindra, Tata Motors and others, Nitin Gadkari, however, said though the government does not want to promote petrol and diesel cars.

Gadkari, who handles the transport portfolio, said there was an urgent need to rethink the transport infrastructure and fuel dependency in the country.

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All this is part of India's target of moving to 100% electric mobility by 2030.

This all-electric fleet from the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport.

Ola's electric charging station situated within the airport complex was also launched today. This unique installation is the first of its kind and will power the fleet. "The driver of the regular taxi told me that it will take some time", said Priyanka Kumbhare, an architect.Ola has chose to invest Rs50 crore in the project and it will own all 200 vehicles as well as the four charging stations at different corners of the city. Mahindra Electric did not reveal the amount to be invested in this project.

With a clear focus to build a full-fledged ecosystem around sustainable mobility, Ola will also invest in training and educating driver partners on maintenance and use of in-car technology along with its key OEM partners like Mahindra.

With an aim to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the country, the Indian government is reportedly in early talks with the Japanese investment major SoftBank for a low interest funding of around 2 Lakh electric buses to be deployed in public transport. True to the spirit of "Make-in-India", we shall lead this change in India along with the Government. "This pilot will pave the wave for wider adoption of electric vehicles". Additionally, with this push to shift towards e-vehicles, the government wants to reduce the average ticket fare by 50% in the country. "With increased penetration of EVs and eventual 100% transition, the country and its citizens stand to benefit tremendously".

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