Govt Forms Panel For Electric Car Technology
As India battles to combat pollution and bring itself to standard emission norms, the government has setup the formation of a new panel, comprising of automobile industry executives, experts, and government officials, which will essentially be for monitoring, coordination, and development of hybrid and electric vehicle in the country. At a time when ‘Make in India’ is the buzz and firms are looking at IT for new growth avenues, this panel is slotted to help fill in the gaps and help the country manufacture the next generation of indigenously developed eco-friendly vehicles.
Looking into the auto-industry scenario at present, the only manufacturer of electric vehicles in the country is Mahindra, which produces the ‘Reva’ – a small hatchback and the Hero Electric bikes. But one needs to note that most of its components, such as battery, motor, and controllers, have to imported. This makes the costs prohibitive, which means that the final cost to the customer goes up, which in turn affects the growth of sale, and development of the industry per say. This is where the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme comes into place.
A government official close to the development mentioned, “The government has rolled out incentives to promote utilization of green vehicles under the FAME scheme, and is also working out ways to set up charging infrastructure. But the most imperative thing today is to get products out into the market,” before also adding, “We are working towards developing indigenous technology which would enable vehicle manufacturers to roll out electric vehicles at affordable prices,” reported the Economic Times.
The committee is a 30-member panel which has government representatives, industry executives and academicians as a part of the structure. It will be monitoring the work done on Technology Platform for Electric Mobility (TPEM), will be setup under the Heavy Industry department, and the Ministry of Science and Technology to develop the indigenous solutions needed for the industry.
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