Under FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme, the Central Government of India has selected ARAI Pune to carry out tests of EVs. For the same, the government has allotted INR 80 crores for the project.
In a bid to boost use of electric and hybrid vehicles in India, the Central Government has announced Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) as one of Centres of Excellence (COEs). It is from the ARAI Pune new campus at Chakan that evaluation of EVs will be conducted. The cost to construct facilities for this EV testing stands at INR 80 crores with Government of India granting INR 30 crores with balance amount to be allotted in the months ahead.
Besides research on EVs, ARAI will also be looking into the use of lightweight material for buses and a more comprehensive vehicle design. For these purposes, design teams at ARAI have also developed offline simulators for both hybrid and electric vehicles while the possibility of converting entire vehicle fleets to hybrid or electric is also be mulled.
As a part of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), over 6-7 million electric and hybrid vehicles will be added to the automotive sector by 2020, with various incentives to be offered to buyers of these vehicles. In Maharashtra alone, the plan is to introduce 50-60 electric or hybrid public transport buses with talks already in place with public transport undertakings and municipal corporations to plan for launch of such vehicles.