RELEVANCE – UPSC GS PRELIMS & GS MAINS – III
First go through the text (given after the questions) and then attempt the questions.
QUES 1 . Consider the following statements about National E-Mobility Programme
1 . It was launched on 7th March 2018.
2 . The Programme will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
a . 1 only
b . 2 only
c . Both 1 and 2
d . Neither 1 nor 2
About National E-Mobility Programme
National E-Mobility Programme was launched on 7th March 2018 .
Objective of National E-Mobility Programme
The objective of the National E-Mobility Programme is to provide an impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem including vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators, service providers,etc.
The Programme will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) which will aggregate demand by procuring electric vehicles in bulk to get economies of scale. These electric vehicles will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles owned by the government.
A HOLISTIC PLAN
1 . Promotion of indigenous production
Adoption of EVs has given India an opportunity to bring together a holistic plan which marries Make in India Initiative to promote indigenous production of e- vehicles and create a booming market for ancillary industries.
2 . Eco friendly
EESL had procured 10,000 e-vehicles last year and will issue a new tender very soon for 10,000 more e-vehicles to cater to the growing demand. With these 20,000 electric cars, India is expected to save over 5 crore litres of fuel every year leading to a reduction of over 5.6 lakh tonnes of annual CO2 emission.
It is a step towards reducing our carbon footprint and promise towards a more sustainable, greener, cleaner future.
3 . Beneficial for the consumers
The per kilometer cost for an electric car is just 85 paisa against Rs 6.5 for normal cars.
4 . Reduce dependency on import of crude
It would help in achieve autonomy from expensive petroleum imports.