- Actor Sonakshi Sinha said everyone should shift to electric vehicles
- The Union government is working on improving e-vehicle infrastructure
- E-vehicles and usable accessories were showcased in Auto Expo 2018
“It’s the need of the hour. I think everyone should switch to electric cars,”
That was actor Sonakshi Sinha’s views on electric cars and how important it was to switch to electric cars to cut down vehicular emission. The actor spoke to NDTV at the Auto Expo 2018, an expo showcasing the latest in automobiles, running from February 9 to 14 in Greater Noida. Electric vehicles have been one of the prime focuses in the 2018 edition of the Auto Expo as many car manufacturers as well the Union Government has pushed for switch to electric vehicles and cut down on vehicular emissions which result in air pollution.
The actor said that there was no need to add more to environmental pollution as there was enough of it already. Since there is an alternative available in the form of electric vehicles, it should be explored and used widely, said the actor.
When there is an alternative and we have found it, discovered it, and there are cars that are functioning on it, so why can’t we make all of them electric? asked the actor.
Vehicular emission is a major cause for air pollution in India. With an estimated number of 21 crore vehicles in India, emission levels are across the country have risen considerably in the last three decades. The rising number of vehicles with poor emission standards rose considerably in urban spaces, resulting in a rise in pollution levels. Electric vehicles have been considered as potential solution for the emission problem and the present
Union Government also considered switching of all cars to electric vehicles by 2030. The infrastructure to run electric vehicles in India however, remains on the lower side as low number of charging stations in cities discourage people from investing in an electric vehicle.
Auto Expo 2018 saw a few developments on the e-vehicle front. Bird Group and Swedish electric carmaker Uniti announced to bring an affordable, electric city car to the Indian market by 2020 with a price tag starting from Rs 7.14 lakh. Tyre company Goodyear showcased its ‘BHO3’ concept tyre which can charge the battery of electric vehicles as the car moves. Tata Motors also displayed a range of electric vehicles at the expo, as a range of its present popular cars such as Tiago and Tigor have now been electrified. Mahindra showcased four electric vehicles at the expo, namely the e-KUV100, the Udo and Atom last-mile CEVs, and the new e2O NXT.
At the inauguration of Auto Expo 2018, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises Anant Geete said that companies should gradually look to shift towards electric vehicles to cut down on emission levels. Echoing Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari’s statements on electric vehicles, Mr Geete said that the government was looking to encourage electric vehicles and would work on improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles, across the country.
Earlier in the first week of February, Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari said that a shift to electric vehicles would ensure lesser pollution and decrease the country’s dependency on fuel. E-vehicles would also reduce expenditure for commuters, as compared to fuel driven vehicles, the cost of operating an electric vehicle is much less, reducing expenditures by nearly 30 per cent. The rise of air pollution in cities across India is a major concern and a complete shift to electric vehicles will help reduce air pollution, said Mr Gadkari.
A shift to electric vehicles by 2030 can cut India’s carbon emissions by 37 per cent, said a Union government report in May 2017.