Ola Mobility Institute (OMI), a policy research and social innovation think-tank of Ola Cabs, has released a report on Tuesday, titled ‘Beyond Nagpur: The Promise of Electric Mobility’ , citing its recommendations based on its first multimodal electric mobility pilot project, which kick started in Nagpur in May 2017 in collaboration with different automobile manufacturers.
According to the report,
- high upfront costs,
- lack of charging infrastructure
- and uncertain performance of a battery-powered vehicle
- is holding back rapid adoption of e-mobility for private users
while, fleet operators are potential early adopters due to business sensitivity to operating costs.
The report also noted that integration with renewable energy brings out the dual benefits of not only achieving financial viability but also makes usage environment friendly the entire EV usage from cradle to grave.
Leveraging of shared mobility and lithium-ion battery swapping technology needs to be promoted compared to installing charging stations in the initial phase since charging a battery takes a few hours.
This will serve as a promise towards a low carbon and resource-efficient future for India.
The e-mobility pilot project in Nagpur has encouraged the service provider to commit the deployment of over 10,000 electric three-wheelers in 2019, and one million electric vehicles for daily commute across cities by 2022.
Reference- livemint, Ola Mobility Institute (OMI),