The consumer has been demanding introduction of the much-hyped Tesla in the Indian market. Nitin Gadkari, The Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, announced that American company Tesla will be launching their cars in India for sale in 2021!
The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk had indicated the same earlier in 2020 via twitter. Battery charged/electrically operated vehicles have been in the news for a while. The launch of this vehicle should provide a thrust to electric mobility in India, which is presently a work in progress.
As per UN’s Sustainable Development Goals website, the Government of India has a target of installing renewable energy capacity 175 GW by 2022. These include 100 GW from solar power, 10 GW from bio-energy and 5 GW from hydropower, and 60 GW from wind.
At the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also announced increasing the renewable energy target to 450 GW by 2030 from 175 GW by 2022. With these targets in mind it is only fair that the government is accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, which will consume less non-renewable sources of energy and focus more on battery charging.
As citizens and consumers, we all witnessed visible effect of the lockdown was clean air in cities as vehicles went off roads. Satellite imagery revealed a marked drop in nitrogen oxide and Sulphur compounds that emanate from vehicular emissions in Delhi and Mumbai.