Electric vehicles are the wave of the future, with companies like Bajaj, Hyundai and Hero having talked about launching their line of electric bikes in the past. Recently, the Indian government also passed a mandate that all commercial cars in the country are going to go electric starting 2016. With all this, comes another piece of news about electric vehicles – Sahara Group is now launching its line of electric 2 wheelers, known as Sahara Evols. However, this company is not just launching a line of 2 wheelers, they are also all set to launch allied services that can make it easier for consumers to adopt these types of vehicles!
Their initial product range as of now includes scooters, 3 wheeler cargo vehicles, bikes, e-rickshaws, EV batteries and also charging stations. They aim to set up a many charging stations in tier 2 and 3 cities by the end of the financial year, and have already set their plans in motion.
The Chairman of Sahara Indian Pariwar, Subrata Roy, talked about this on the brand’s website. He said “We are proud to introduce for the first time, a complete ecosystem of electric vehicles in India. Sustainable and environment-friendly modes of transportation are the need of the time. The Sahara Evols range of electric vehicles is going to be our contribution…towards alternative, sustainable and eco-friendly modes of transportation.”
With so many brands adding EV offerings to their product line, it seems that India may just be able to reach its goal of having 30% EVs on the road by 2030. Of course, it’s not just a simple matter of rolling out these vehicles. Proper infrastructure, human resource capabilities in this field, and even the lack of technology may prove to be huge roadblocks in achieving this goal, but with Sahara Group already promising charging stations, one hopes that these roadblocks will be eliminated soon!
Additionally, we’re also seeing companies like Ola who want to ensure their fleet goes electric by teaming up with bigger brands like Hyundai. Other private sector firms like Yulu, Ather Energy, and Twenty Two Motors are also striving to bring clean energy solutions into this industry.