National E-Mobility Programme

National e-Mobility Programme was launched to give impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem including vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators and service providers. The programme is to be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

Aim of the Programme

  • Ensure development of indigenous electric manufacturing capabilities to achieve National Fuel Security
  • Realize the vision of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 to increase the number in electric and hybrid vehicles plying in India
  • Requires EESL to procure electric vehicles in bulk to ensure economies of scale and provide it to government departments
  • Promote 100 per cent electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030
  • Encourage reliable, affordable and efficient electric vehicles that meet consumer performance and price expectations
  • Help government’s petrol and diesel vehicles transition to electric vehicles with the point of view of environment and economy.

MOVE: Global Mobility Summit

India’s first global mobility summit (organized by NITI Aayog) and was held in New Delhi. The focus of summit was on raising awareness about various aspects of Mobility and bringing together various stakeholders involved in enhancing mobility across different platforms. NITI Aayog has been working towards evolving a National Strategy for Transforming Mobility, which aims to promote the spirit of coopertive as well as competitive federalism. The strategy urges states and Union Territories to formulate state specific comprehensive strategies and constitute respective State Task Forces that deal with mobility.

The Global Mobility Summit had 5 thematic sessions:

  1. Maximizing Asset Utilization,
  2. Comprehensive Electrification and Alternative Fuels,
  3. Reinventing Public Transports,
  4. Goods Transport and Logistics,
  5. Data Analytics and Mobility.

Way Forward

  • Empower National Council for Electric Mobility (NCEM) and National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM) constituted under National Electric Mission by giving them a statutory status.
  • The aim of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan is likely to be missed due to lack of initiative by the government as well as automotive industry. This issue needs to be addressed.
  • Impetus should be given to facilitate research in the field to promote frugal innovation.
  • Realising the vision of the programme is bound to be capital intensive, but the positive indirect social costs involved should also be weighed in.
  • Widen the outreach of FAME India Scheme to ensure market creation of both electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Strict enforcement of BS 6 norms as per the directive of Supreme Court in the automobile sector.
  • Implementation of the programme as a strategic move to reduce our reliance on petrol imports and reduce current account deficit.