E Rickshaw in Hyderabad

According to a WHO report, India is home to 14 of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world. The increasing number of vehicles and less use of electric vehicles on roads led to a spike in air pollution levels in India’s major cities and some of the cities are from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, & Tamil Nadu. The cities include E Rickshaw in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Karimnagar, Vijayawada & Tirupati, etc. Many of these urban cities have already crossed the permissible limits on particulate matter (PM10) in the air causing overwhelming health hazards to the public. 

Everybody who has experienced poor air quality in the cities believes that the need for reducing air pollution is the best reason to purchase an electric vehicle. From electric two-wheelers, buses, Electric rickshaws, or E rickshaw to cars, the government also has identified benefits and incentivizes passengers and vehicle-owners to commute by less-polluting electric vehicles.

Launching the e-mobility policy at the ‘Global Mobility Summit‘ in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “India’s most powerful weapon to fight climate change is clean mobility powered by clean energy.”

Since the first introduction of electric vehicles, cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Karimnagar, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Ranga Reddy, and Warangal, etc. have been experimenting with eco-friendly modes of transportation. Sales of Electric vehicles (EVs) and E Rickshaws are on the rise around the country. With supportive government policies and growing infrastructure, India is soon catching up with the electric vehicles market on par with European, American, and Chinese markets.

The demand for combustion-free vehicles is driving the manufacturers to launch the best futuristic models as well as invest in research and development to build the most competitive products. These cool electric vehicles are not only cooler but are reliable and sustainable.

As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, India also has the highest two-wheeler ownership to deal with choked roads in the growing cities. Two-wheelers have also allowed more women to commute independently with the advent of gearless scooters and mopeds. These factors have led to phenomenal growth in overall two-wheeler sales and in turn major contribution towards vehicular pollution.

In many Indian cities, two-thirds of the pollution load is due to two-wheelers. They give out 30% of the particulate matter load, 10 percentage points more than the contribution from cars. As India embraces a cleaner mode of transport to bring down the exorbitant pollution levels in major cities, automakers have already launched a fleet of electric two-wheelers including scooters and mopeds.

The most unique of trends in India is the use of three-wheelers(Rickshaws) as the most preferred commute as opposed to other modes of transport. India is one of the largest markets in the world for three-wheelers (Rickshaws) and the total volumes stood at about 7 lakh units in FY19. Central Government’s incentives under the FAME II program supports electric three-wheelers or Electric Rickshaws or E Rickshaw in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Karimnagar, Vijayawada & Tirupati, etc to be used as public transport modes.

Policies like 100% road tax exemption and waiver of permit fees for e-vehicles and e rickshaws has seen a rise in the ownership of these vehicles and enabled a plethora of players launching new EVs in the three-wheeler segments.

Adoption of electric three-wheelers or Electr rickshaws or E Auto Rickshaws in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Karimnagar, Vijayawada & Tirupati, etc. appears to be gaining traction in India as they are very economical or viable. Affordability, shared mobility, last-mile connectivity, and short-distance commuting are some of the factors that make electric three-wheeler e rickshaw attractive in the mass segment.

Electric vehicles will not only improve the air quality but also reduce the operating cost of the vehicles which in turn will make commuting more affordable for the people. The money spent on purchasing fuel will be avoided thereby bringing down the overall cost of operation.

A large number of new jobs will also be created due to increasing Electric Vehicles adoption – e.g., E-auto, E-rickshaw, e food trucks, E garbage, and E-cab drivers, charging station operators and E Vehicles service mechanics.