As the government encourages greater use of electric vehicles across the country, it is important to know how many such automobiles (two, three and four wheelers) have been made available so far and the availability of charging station infrastructure.
The government has been actively promoting the production and use of electric vehicles across the country and under its program “Rapid Adoption and Production of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles” or (FAME), has been encouraging partners to promote the sale of such vehicles since 2015.
In fact, by 2030, the government has decided to ensure that 30 per cent of vehicles on Indian roads are electric.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari earlier this year mandated that all officials in federal ministries and departments use only electric vehicles.
In such a scenario, we will look at the current status of electric vehicles and the infrastructure they need in the country.
Number of electric vehicles
As on July 19, 2021, 5.20 lakh electric vehicles were registered in the country, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Under the FAME program, 87,659 electric vehicles (including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers) were supported by promoting partners across the country until July 20, 2021.
As of now, there are 427 electric vehicle charging stations across the country, of which 77 are located on major national highways, of which 350 are in seven states and two union territories, Delhi and Chandigarh.
There are 94 charging stations in Delhi alone and 48 in Chandigarh.
Among the states, Telangana has the highest number of electric vehicle charging stations, followed by Rajasthan (49) and Karnataka (45).
There are 29 charging stations on the Delhi-Jaipur-Agra National Highway, followed by 24 on the Delhi-Chandigarh extension, Mumbai-Pune (15) and Jaipur-Delhi (9).
In addition, the government has approved 2,877 charging stations in 68 cities across 25 states, which are set to be set up in the coming days.