India pushes back deadline to roll out 10,000 battery-powered cars by nearly a year

India pushes back deadline to roll out 10,000 battery-powered cars by nearly a year

India’s ambitions of having electric vehicles (EVs) account for nearly one-third of the country’s vehicle fleet by 2030 have recently received a setback, with the deadline to bring 10,000 battery-powered cars to the road having been delayed by almost a year. Indian government had announced ambitious targets but little groundwork has been done. The country lacks charging infrastructure and the cost of electric vehicles is high. Indian government offers little in terms of subsidy for electric vehicles.

The deadline has been pushed back by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), a state-owned agency shouldering the responsibility for procuring EVs to replace the petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles used by government officials in India.

According to a recent disclosure by EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar, the first 10,000 EVs will be rolled out by the agency by March 2019.

The first tender for 10,000 battery-powered cars was issued by EESL in September 2017, and the agency had planned that 500 of the cars will be rolled out in November 2017, and the remaining will be rolled out by June 2018.

However, Kumar has recently revealed in a recent interview that the planned roll out of 10,000 battery-powered cars has been delayed by nearly a year. Kumar said: “The need for building more charging points for 10,000 electric cars and states being slow in taking deliveries are the reasons for the delay.”

Kumar also said that currently 150 battery-powered cars are on road in India’s capital city, New Delhi, while nearly 100 battery-powered cars are on road in southern Andhra Pradesh state and other provinces.