Indian Army prepares road induct electric vehicles map
According to Army sources, the Army has developed a road map to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) wherever practical, taking into account operational obligations, which would drastically reduce dependency on fossil fuels, in line with the country’s aim of lowering carbon emissions.
The Army will gradually equip a few units in peace stations with EVs, taking into account their usability and requirements in a variety of terrains. According to a source, choose units and formations will transition about 25% of their light vehicles, 38% of their buses, and 48% of their motorcycles to electric vehicles with suitable charging infrastructure. To create a clear, time-bound road map, “several elements peculiar to the Indian Army’s employability, remote areas of employment, and military responsibilities were examined.”
According to plans, electric buses will be purchased for a few select peace installations for initial use, the source said, adding that the Army was also purchasing EVs through the capital route. According to the source, an open tender inquiry for the purchase of 60 electric buses and 24 fast chargers will be published soon.
In addition to this, according to officials, the Army has already begun utilising EVs as part of hired civil transportation. According to one official, stations like Delhi Cantonment have already installed charging stations to assist EVs that are later hired or admitted, and in Delhi Cantt, a number of charging stations are also accessible to civilians.
The insider claimed that as part of the broader plan, the necessary support infrastructure is also being developed to enable a successful EV ecosystem. On-board EV charging stations with at least one fast charger and two or three slow chargers are being installed in the parking lots of businesses and apartment buildings.
Electric circuit cables and transformers with sufficient load-bearing capacity based on the expected number of EVs per station are also included in this.
The source said that to reduce these EVs’ carbon footprint to almost zero, solar-powered charging stations are also planned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that India would achieve carbon neutrality by 2070 and cut emissions by 50% by 2030 in line with global efforts to achieve this goal.