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Finance ministry to deploy 15 electric vehicles, save up to 36,000 litres of fuel annually

These vehicles are automatic and fully air-conditioned with zero emission. The government will also save in maintenance and operating cost which is almost one fourth as compared to vehicles with internal combustion engine.

EESL( Energy Efficiency Services Ltd )  has also installed 28 charging points -- including 24 slow charging points which can charge in 6 hours and four fast charging points that can charge in 90 minutes -- at North Block for charging these vehicles.

The Finance Ministry's initiative, which follows e-mobility efforts by other Central and state government departments, is part of an ambition to replace the government's 5,00,000 conventional internal combustion engine cars with electric variants.

"The 15 electric vehicles, Mahindra e-Verito, has been taken on lease at Rs 40,000 per month per car for joint secretaries and senior officials of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). It will save 36,000 litres of fuel each year," a Finance Ministry official said.

The government is promoting electric mobility by changing the fleet of cars used for official purposes with electric cars and also creating the right policy framework enabling this ecosystem and to support its adoption, power minister R K Singh said. 

The country spends Rs 7 lakh crore on importing crude oil each year. Apart from contributing to high pollution, it is a big problem for the local economy. E-mobility will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector and reduce pollution level in cities.

"With this development, the DEA begins its transition towards a reduced carbon footprint and a more environmentally sustainable future. It marks its participation in India's e-mobility goal of 30 per cent fleet electrification by 2030," the Ministry said.

With this development, the DEA marks its participation in India's e-mobility goal of 30 per cent fleet electrification by 2030. It has also issued an office memorandum for all the government offices in Delhi to switch over to electric vehicles (EVs).

Asserting e-mobility as a sustainable solution to mitigate climate change and threat to public health caused by vehicular emission, Jaitley said that EVs have the potential to boost India's growth by enhancing manufacturing, job creation and technical capabilities.

Power Minister R.K. Singh, who jointly flagged off the EVs, said that the government is promoting e-mobility by taking a lead in changing its fleet of cars with electric cars and at the same time creating the Right Policy Framework enabling this ecosystem.

The maintenance and operating costs of these vehicles, which are automatic and fully air-conditioned with zero emission, is almost one fourth in comparison to an internal combustion engine. The only limitation is it can run 120 kms in one full charge.

The programme for the induction of 15 electric vehicles was launched by finance minister Arun Jaitley and Singh in the presence of other government dignitaries.

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