Nagpur takes first step in embracing e-mobility

The city of oranges is now on a clean air drive. Outside Nagpur’s main railway station, a hoarding put up by a local automotive dealer urges prospective car buyers to test drive the Mahindra e2o Plus electric car.

Launched a few years ago, it did not make the impact because of high price tag and lack of charging infrastructure to an expensive battery, which was a deterrent for customers. The e2o Plus is now back and part of a grand plan to make Nagpur a pioneer in making electric vehicles (EVs) a way of life for the aam aadmi if a pilot that kicked off in June succeeds.

The results of this experiment will be watched carefully by the likes of NITI Aayog, the Centre’s think tank, that has drawn up 2032 as the deadline for all cars to be electrified. The Nagpur pilot can also be seen as supplementing the Centre’s ambitious solar energy plans, which again is a part of the overall cleanup exercise. For a country that barely has 1,200 days to transit to Bharat Stage VI emission norms, each of these experiments will bolster its green credentials considerably across the world.

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