The Indian government plans to reduce the size of batteries of electric buses operating in the country under efforts to reduce the prices of EVs.The government said it wants all EV buses with 300KWh batteries to reduce their battery capacities to 50KWh.
It is expected that reducing the necessary battery capacity, will reduce the total costs of EV buses thereby allowing increased adoption and use of EVs.
The plan falls under efforts by the government to reduce the cost of EVs and make bus travel cheaper.
According to Live Mint, "the government is expecting electric vehicle (EV) prices to drop over the next five years and trigger a shift from internal-combustion vehicles to EVs."
In addition, the plan will allow an increase in the development of EV charging stations for charging and swapping of drained EV batteries along short distances and highways.
To implement the plan, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is partnering with stakeholders in the EV and energy industry including manufacturers of EV buses.
The news comes as India is targeting to generate 175GW from renewable energy resources of which 100GW will be sourced from solar energy resources by 2022.
“Solar generation along with storage makes good sense for setting up charging stations along the highways. Due to integration happening with EVs where storage is required, solar can be an ideal solution for the EV ecosystem.” said Sanjeev Aggarwal, managing director of Amplus Energy Solutions.
In regard to adoption of EVs, India has recorded an increase in sales of EVS to 22,000 units during the 2015-2016 year from 16,000 during the 2014-2015 year, according to a study carried out by the Lobby Group Society of Manufacturers of EVs. [DEWA amplifies development of EV infrastructure].
Energy efficiency and LED deployment
Meanwhile, the Indian state government of Andra Pradesh is expanding its energy efficiency initiatives to reduce its energy costs.
The energy efficiency projects will be deployed as part of the state government's energy conservation programme Andhra Pradesh State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation (APSEEDCO).
Under the energy conservation programme, the Andra Pradesh state government is set to install some 276,000 energy-efficient LED streetlights in villages in West Godavari.
In addition to installing LED streetlights, the state government will equip small business consumers and schools with LED bulbs, solar-powered water pumps and energy efficient fans.
The state government said it plans to improve consumer awareness on energy efficiency.
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