According to the historic Paris climate agreement that India signed in 2015 along with 170 other countries, we are supposed to reduce our carbon footprint by 33-35% by 2030 below 2005 levels. We have also pledged to increase the share of non-fossil fuels-based electricity to 40% by 2030.
Our transport sector in India is the largest user of oil and the second largest source of CO2 emissions worldwide. Thus, it is the right time to switch over to the electric vehicles. It is well known that our union government and some of the state governments have taken many admirable steps in this direction, and that has started yielding results too. According to the latest report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), “There was a notable boom in electromobility in 2022 in India. Electric Vehicle (EV) sales in India in the first quarter of 2023 are already double of what they were in the same period in 2022.” However, we still need to improve the rate of adoption of electric vehicles.
Recently, India’s First Solar Car Rally, ISIE-Electric Solar Vehicle Championship – ESVC3000 was organised by the Imperial Society of Innovative Engineers (ISIEINDIA), with co-organizer Galgotias University and knowledge partner National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). It is highly admirable that more than 1500 students from various top Indian engineering institutes and/or universities from 18 states of India designed and manufactured solar vehicles targeting the event. Also, the event has created a significant impact among the society – and influenced more than two crores of people for EV adoption, upskilling, road safety, and use of renewable energy. I feel more such initiatives will help in building a wider way for mass adoption of EVs in our country.
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