Indian Army prepares road map to induct electric vehicles

The Indian Army is preparing a plan to introduce electric vehicles

About 25% of light vehicles, 38% of buses and 48% of motorcycles of the selected units and assemblies are likely to convert to EVs

In line with the national focus on reducing carbon emissions, the Army has included a plan to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) wherever possible, keeping operational commitments in mind, which will significantly reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Army sources said.

“Considering the necessity and applicability of EVs in various terrains, the army will gradually equip several units stationed at peace stations with EVs. About 25% of light vehicles, 38% of buses and 48% of motorcycles from the selected units and assemblies will be converted to EVs with adequate charging infrastructure,” the source said. “Several factors unique to the Indian Army’s employability, remote employment locations and operational commitments were considered to arrive at a specific timeline.”

Stating that the military has also been procuring EVs across the capital, the source said the plans are for the existing bus shortage to be filled by procuring electric buses for selected peacekeeping installations for initial use. An open tender for procurement of 60 electric buses along with 24 fast chargers will be announced soon, the source said.

In addition, the military has already started using EVs as part of civilian for-hire transportation, officials said. Stations like Delhi Cantonment have already set up charging stations to support on-lease or listed EVs, an official said, adding that in Delhi Cantt, a number of charging stations are open to civilians as well.

The necessary supporting infrastructure is also being created to enable a viable EV ecosystem as part of the overall plan, the source said. In the parking lots of offices and residential complexes, charging points for electric cars are being set up for on-board charging, which will have at least one fast charger and two to three slow chargers.

This also includes electrical circuit cables and transformers with adequate load capacity based on the expected number of EVs at the station. Charging stations powered by solar panels are also planned gradually to reduce the carbon footprint of these EVs to near zero, the source added.

In line with the global drive to become carbon neutral, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to make India carbon neutral by 2070 and reduce emissions by 50% by 2030.

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