Top Ashok Leyland official: EV mobility in India will initially be driven by commercial vehicles

Top Ashok Leyland official: EV mobility in India will initially be driven by commercial vehicles

According to a statement made by a top Ashok Leyland official on Friday, electric-vehicle (EV) mobility in India will initially be driven largely by commercial vehicles rather than private vehicles. India has been lagging behind in terms of electric vehicle sales compared to China. Indian government announced few initiatives for promotion of EVs but industry experts feel that these are too-little compared to perks announced by China.

The statement was made by Karthick Athmanathan -- Ashok Leyland’s Head of EV & eMobility Solutions -- on the sidelines of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s one-day e-mobility conference held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on July 27. The aim of the CII conference was to sensitise all stakeholders on clean energy and e-mobility solutions, along with creating requisite enablers for supporting a shift from conventional transportation to e-mobility solutions.

Asserting that the responsibility of driving EV mobility in India will initially be taken up by commercial vehicles, Athmanathan said that individual users will probably hesitate to switch to EVs at first, even despite the government aims to promote EV adoption in the country.

Athmanathan also added that the high costs of EVs may also be a potential deterrent for individual users in switching to EVs.

In highlighting the significant role which commercial vehicles are likely to play to trigger EV adoption in India, Athmanathan said that Ashok Leyland has efforts underway to deliver 50 electric buses for the Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) by April 2019. He further added: “Ahmedabad will become second place after Gutenberg in Europe to have flash charging electric buses. The first lot of buses will start running in January 2019.”