In a major step in spreading the use of green
energy, India's first electric vehicle
(EV) charging station was started here on Sunday 19 November 2017 by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), according to the
state-run oil marketing company.
Air pollution affects the
lungs and it is also said to be a major risk factor for heart disease. Use of
green energy effectively curbs air pollution and it has become an urgent
necessity in cities like Delhi. The government has already been seized of the
seriousness of the disastrous consequences of air pollution on the health of
the people and it has taken many initiatives to curb air pollution. Clean India
Mission is one such initiative. Analysts and experts point out that a rupee
invested in curbing air pollution brings in benefits worth of hundreds of
rupees. This move towards air pollution-free nation becomes all the more urgent
demanding support from all when we realize that it affects children more;
prosperity at the expense of health will prove more a bane to society than a
"Nagpur, being the first city to introduce the electric public
transportation model in India, has added one more feather to its cap by adding
the first electric charging station at Indian Oil's COCO (company-owned,
company-operated) fuel station in the city," an IOC release said.
"We applaud Ola for building the electric vehicle eco-system from a
nascent stage in Nagpur and are happy to partner with them in their
efforts," IOC Executive Director (Maharashtra) Murali Srinivasan said in a
In its annual report for 2016-17 presented earlier this year, IOC said it
planned to set up battery charging stations and was exploring the manufacture
and retailing of lithium-ion batteries.
The governments' National Electric Mobility Mission Plan launched in 2013 aims
at gradually ensuring a vehicle population of about 6-7 million electric and
hybrid vehicles in India by 2020. The vision enunciated two years ago is for
India to have 100 per cent EVs by 2030.
While announcing earlier this week that it will invite bids for the supply of a
second lot of 10,000 electric vehicles around March-April
next year, state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) said that the major
roadblock in realising the government's vision is the lack of e-vehicle
EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar told reporters in New Delhi that the
company has floated a tender for AC (Alternate Current) and DC (Direct Current)
electric vehicle chargers. While the DC chargers can fully charge an electric
vehicle in 45 to 60 minutes, the AC one takes 6 to 7 hours.