Straight Drive

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Bhushan Mhapralkar b.mhapralkar@nextgen­pub­lish­ Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Mag­a­zine@cv­magazine

Bhushan Mhapralkar

The next FAME pol­icy could be an­nounced this month, and in the runup to the national elec­tions. In a sce­nario where the trade war be­tween China and US con­tin­ues to rage, and fuel prices in the in­ter­na­tional markets show signs of ris­ing fur­ther, a de­bate on whether al­ter­nate fu­els in the form of CNG, LNG, LPG and bio-fu­els could help rather than the time con­sum­ing task of set­ting up elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­fra­struc­ture and man­u­fac­tur­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Bat­tery costs is another vari­able that needs to be taken into ac­count. Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are not ex­actly af­ford­able. With the ma­jor­ity of re­search pa­pers at the FISITA Au­to­mo­tive World Congress, held for the first time in In­dia, said to be about IC en­gines is in­dica­tive of IC en­gines not go­ing out of use any­time soon. The move to BSVI will turn ve­hi­cles, CVs espe­cially, much ‘cleaner’. They could be cleaner than elec­tric ve­hi­cles that are sup­ported by elec­tric­ity pos­si­bly sourced from lig­nite burn­ing power plants. To seek zero emis­sion tailpipes in ur­ban ar­eas could work in the short term. In the long term, it would be nec­es­sary to seek new ways of cut­ting down on emis­sions. The good part is the CV in­dus­try is lead­ing is this di­rec­tion as far as au­to­mo­biles are con­cerned.

“Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are not ex­actly af­ford­able”.

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