Planning for and setting up electric bus charging infrastructure, which needs to happen alongside the bus-procurement process, involves depot setup and working with power companies on upstream equipment.
Interviews with transit authorities and private bus operators showed that electric buses are packed with features, more comfortable to drive than combustion engine buses, and manufacturers are continually improving the electric buses.
Highlights of our survey of transit authorities in Pune, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai, which showed that electric buses are a maturing technology in India and those with experience are quite happy with their performance.
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The recent COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver can set a precedent for strategies to tackle climate change, and setting aside patents on R1234yf refrigerant in India is one way for companies to match their sustainability goals with real action.
Achieving India’s net-zero goal will require decarbonizing road transport and success requires overcoming some key barriers in the freight sector.
It’s an interesting time to examine the incentives available in India for manufacturing electric vehicles, batteries, and their components.
Ambitious EV sales would bring air quality and health benefits to India, and these can be maximized by combining vehicle electrification with power sector emission control and decarbonization policies.
Now that subsidies are addressing the upfront cost barrier for electric two-wheelers in India, access to private charging deserves attention as a key enabler of uptake.
Regulations like low-emission zones and zero-emission zones are promising for India as they can help improve air quality and increase electric vehicle sales.
India’s new ethanol roadmap abandons the country’s commitment to second-generation biofuels and is environmentally and economically unsustainable.
There are many opportunities for fuel consumption reduction from India’s two-wheelers, and hybrids are an incremental technology pathway during the expected transition to electric.
Summing up: What’s the potential for India to set a sectoral target for road transport CO2 emissions in its NDC?
India could strengthen its NDC by adding a sectoral target for road transport CO2 emissions, and there is big potential in aggressive policy.