By Justin Guay
Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis, to widespread anger over corruption in politics, the inevitability of India's ascent no longer seems assured. The last of which explains why voters overwhelmingly supported the Aam Admi Party (AAP) ('common man' party) in recent elections. This newly minted party (formed out of the Anna Hazare anti corruption movement) has the people's support to clean up Indian politics starting in Delhi. The question now is whether the party of the people will focus on the element common to all three challenges facing India: energy.
The year 2014 look to be quiet an interesting year. This year will have the maximum electric cars from different manufacturers on the roads. Till now most of the companies were in the testing stage and from this year onwards we will see new cars on the market to be purchased. Some of the cars like the Volkswagen’s e-load up were quite odd although Volkswagen had got in well priced cars and BMW is still deciding to whether to go all electric or to go the Hybrid way. On the other hand Via seems to be concentrating on the commercial sector with its Vans and Trucks where the playing field is almost empty. And of course BYD is surely going to be a major contender, not only as a bus manufacturer, but also as a car manufacturer.
Mr Johnson's excellent blog on the state of e-bikes in India, makes good reading. The current generation e-bikes are really stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.
Lets face it, most e-bikes that are sold in India are under powered, take 7-8 hours to charge, use unreliable lead acid batteries and have not sold well and thus have not made a dent in the Indian two wheeler market.
All of this is about to change. There is hope for the Indian two wheeler industry to have an electric future.
The General Motors EV1 was the first serious modern attempt at an electric car by a major manufacturer. The EV1 was a marvel of engineering, absolutely the best electric vehicle anyone had ever seen. The EV1 was produced and leased by the General Motors Corporation from 1996 to 1999, mainly to comply with California's zero-emissions-vehicle mandate.