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Comparing Utility Use on An International Scale

The economy of India, like the rest of the world, is dependent on oil one way or the other. However, the demand for sustainability warrants alternate solutions that are not only cheap, but less taxing on the environment. This has bred the promotion of electric vehicles in Delhi NCR. Whether this step is counter-productive or not, time will tell. The promotion has taken speed because just last year, India was named as one of the least green countries of the world. The reason was increased dependence on thermal power and the scarcity of alternatives like electric cars and other green initiatives.

Newer Initiatives

In the vein of the precedent that has been explained earlier, an initiative in the form of Mahindra E20 has been launched this April. This is an electric car that offers smart and environmentally friendly travel. The cars are being manufactured in a platinum certified plant. Another thing is that the manufacturers are using more of light energy from the sun to lower their carbon emissions/footprints.

The green gas initiative is quite similar to one offered by http://www.ohiogascompanies.com/ and other U.S state-based gas companies.

The Sun2Car technology

The technology featured in this car has been dubbed as Sun2Car and its dependent solar panels for running the car. Through this, the vehicle owners can use clean energy for their lives. Some analysts are of the idea that manufacturing an electric car is environmentally more taxing than a conventional car. Among the attractions of the car is its ease in handling. The charging time is as low as five hours and a decent output can be obtained. The one thing that should be worked on is the cost, which is on the higher side.

If Mahindra E20 wants to be big in Delhi and India, they would need to reduce their cost. The company for now is quite optimistic that they would be able to sell at least 500 units each month.  The battery being used is lithium ion phosphate base and is regarded as safe for use in electric cars. The energy management systems that are part of the manufacturing process are under patent and have been used to ensure that the battery remains safe.

The state of eco-manufacturing in India

While the launch of this electric car can be taken as a good step, some things that remain to be seen are the infrastructure costs. The government has formulated plans like National Mobility Plan 2020 with the focus on opting for alternate energy and its derivatives.

Earlier in 2013, the Prime Minister mentioned about the tax benefits that would be there for eco-friendly projects. As per the project, India envisages to have as many as 6 to 7 million electric cars by the end of the decade. While this would save fuel in the range of 2 to 2.5 million tons, the infrastructure cost is high and ranges to 4 billion dollars.

India would need more companies in the vein of Mahindra group to come forward and launch such initiatives. The hurdles right now are pertaining to the profits. With the government showing lenient offerings on tax, such projects can be launched nationwide and not just Delhi NCR.

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