e-taxis in In­dia

Commercial Vehicle - - LETTERS -

The news of In­dia’s first e-taxis rolling out in Nag­pur was in­ter­est­ing. It pro­vided a view of the gov­ern­ment’s push for elec­tric ve­hi­cles. The roll out of e-taxis at Nag­pur helps to join the dots be­tween the gov­ern­ment’s push for elec­tric ve­hi­cles and the an­nounce­ment by the Na­tional In­sti­tu­tion for Trans­form­ing In­dia (NITI) Ayog’s on the adop­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles to re­duce an­nual diesel and petrol con­sump­tion. The roll out at Nag­pur marks Phase 1 of the multi-modal elec­tric ve­hi­cle pi­lot project, and has grabbed the head­line. A men­tion is also nec­es­sary of e-taxis rolling out at Hy­der­abad. Both the cities have got Mahin­dra elec­tric ve­hi­cles as e-taxis. They are roughly the same size as a Hyundai i10 or the Maruti Cele­rio, and can seat four-to-five peo­ple. As easy, and con­ve­nient to drive in cities, the i10 and the Cele­rio is. They are a pop­u­lar choice with ur­ban buy­ers across the In­dian sub-con­ti­nent. The i10 has in fact been sell­ing in Mum­bai as the city cab. If the rise of Mahin­dra’s elec­tric ve­hi­cles as e-taxis in In­dia will in­flu­ence buy­ers of small cars to look at them as an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive to a con­ven­tional fos­sil fuel car, it will be well woth the ef­fort. For e-taxis to be suc­cess­ful the need is for sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture. Ef­forts are nec­es­sary to bring down of buy­ing and op­er­at­ing costs of an elec­tric car to a level close to that of a con­ven­tional sim­i­lar sized car. A con­serted ef­fort by the in­dus­try and the gov­ern­ment is nec­es­sary since lo­cal­i­sa­tion will hold the key. Lo­cal­i­sa­tion will en­sure vol­umes, in the process re­al­is­ing the ben­e­fits of an elec­tric car.

Uday Parkar, Thane

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