Welcome to another PluginIndia musings episode. This time we’ll be talking about the top issues in the Indian EV industry and why these need to be resolved ASAP to ensure the industry grows and, more important, people start trusting and using electric vehicles.
Recently someone asked me "Why do you like electric vehicles?".
It's like asking a soldier why did you join army, or asking a cricket player what motivated you to play cricket? It's a very short question, insinuating a short answer is expected and the hesitation in reply comes not from your lack of commitment to your cause, but from a momentary overload of thoughts and emotions that make it a challenge to condense the reply in one sentence.
Many people are very curious about EV's and ask us this question. Of course there are petrol heads and EV cynics who don't care.
But, hey they don't know what they are missing!
For others, i will summarise my experiences below.
I recently had a friend ask me. Why am I so passionate about electric vehicles?
I and plenty of people have repeatedly talked about environmental benefits of electric vehicles. They have been proven beyond doubt. EV's are damn good for environment. Just google Electric vehicle, global warming, pollution and you will find tons of articles and videos. So let's not repeat that again.
There is another angle to this crusade. For me, this is third battle of independence for India.
By Raphae Halim
The annual Rally for Eco:Logical Initiation of Vital Environments (RE:LIVE) was held from Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmednagar converging onto Nashik.
We covered a distance of 181 Km from Mumbai to Nashik. For a total of ~362 all electric Km for the round trip.
By Abhishek Uchil
Great leaps in technology are being made every day in the 21st century. Steve Jobs was one of the first visionaries to fully realise the value of the touchscreen in people’s lives, and thus the modern smartphone was born. The current trend in technology is the pursuit of autonomy and integrated lifestyles. Entire households controlled by a computer, cars that can drive themselves – the achievement of these aims, which were hitherto limited to the realm of science fiction, is what some of the best minds of our time are obsessed with. The following bit of speculative fiction imagines what life will be like for us in 2050, when touchscreen, autonomous, and integrated technologies will have inevitably merged into a simultaneously complex and simplified whole. I may be entirely wrong in imagining that some of the things I’ve described in this essay will come to pass, but it is still interesting to imagine what life will be like in the electric future 40 years from now. We may never, ever have flying cars, but I do believe that the technologies mentioned in this essay are within the realm of possibility (indeed, some of them exist even now, if only in very nascent stages). It is my hope that we will be able to take advantage of them sooner rather than later.
PluginIndia now has an online shop! We offer EV and clean energy themed apparel and accessories, clean energy products, EV accessories, bumper stickers, EV signboards and more! This shop with your support, will help the team at PluginIndia do more EV awareness campaigns, organize more RE:LIVE events with the community, do more reviews of electric vehicles and clean energy products.
We at PluginIndia wish our readers a happy independence day! Lets make a patriotic statement - the ultimate patriotic statement!
Dear Mr. Chetan Maini,
You don’t know me. Yes, we both might be from India, but currently we live in different parts of the world, we probably speak different language at homes. But there is one thing common to us, a passion for electric vehicles. Because we both strongly believe that that is good thing for lots of reasons.
Well, you know all of that. And you were smart enough to start a electric car company way back in 90s. But then some things happened and at this moment you do not seem to be in the driving seat of that venture.
Raphae Halim, my good friend and part of our review team suggested something few months back, that set a lot of things into motion over the last month or so. This is what Raphae said - 'Businesses/Vacation Homes/Shops/Resorts/Hotels' are places that can easily install level 2 charging stations. All they need to do is install 15 Amps sockets and provide some parking space for electric vehicles. Thus began my quest to work on a fun project, what i call - Community Charging Stations.
By Chetan Maini
"I congratulate PluginIndia for successfully completing a year in their pursuit of spreading awareness of EVs in the backdrop of growing environmental deterioration. As citizens of this planet, we are standing at important crossroads and the silver lining is that some of us, like PluginIndia, have taken up the initiative of directing the world into a greener lifestyle by promoting eco-friendly and smart technologies like EVs.
EV technology has come a long way since 1914 and today, we are certain of EV's becoming mainstream in the next 5-10 years.
Globally, EV sales are growing at a rate of 85% year on year with 112050 pure EVs being sold in 2013 alone.
August 2016 Update
Way back in 2014 :) We have come a long way!
September is a very exciting month for PluginIndia: it’s our birthday!
We are quite proud of how far we’ve come and that we could help so many people understand EV's and Clean Tech better. It’s been an exciting year for us at PluginIndia and we have made incredible number of friends in the EV and clean tech industry from around the world and have helped many people to buy electric vehicles and go green!
I have decided to compile some stories, reader comments, fun facts that we have gathered over the last year.
Its been a great year working on PlugInIndia along with Kamlesh and team. It has been amazing to say the least!
Initially I thought if our website were able to get about 200 hits per day would have been great as Electric Vehicles were and still is, a minor fraction of the automobile population of the world. If this site was about conventional automobiles then there would have been a lot more stuff and about vehicles that are released all around the world. But for an electric-vehicle dedicated website there is just one car in India and a few fancy cars that strut their stuff around the world apart from cheap electric bikes.
The other day an Electric car manufacturer said “I hope you guys don’t buy our electric car as it is a loss making car for us but we are forced by the government to make it”. So, on one hand the market itself is very small... and in that market 99.99% of the people are either misinformed or have no idea about what the electric vehicle is all about. On top of that there are companies that do not want you to buy their EVs. Show me a more complicated market than this. So the expectation of getting around 1,600 hits per day was never there.
I just felt like taking a day off my crazy schedule. I decided to take my Mahindra e2o electric car for a spin to the mountains near Pune city. I decided to go to Lavasa, around 58 km from home. My plan was to just walk in the rain, do nothing, stare at the mist covered mountains, enjoy good food and also check out the Segway rides, launched recently. The concern at the back of my mind was this - I needed to cover 120 km (2 way) on an electric car that goes 100 km. And that too the route involved climbing steep hills - a big battery drainer. I did the same trip one year back, i barely made it back! (The magic of Regen!) This year, i wanted to plug in the car to ensure i was comfortable getting back.
But this time, what i found out was that, businesses and people, generally go out of their way to ensure EVs are plugged in and you return safely home. All you need to do is ask!