The ambitious target was announced at the inauguration of the two-day event ‘Evolve: Kerala mobility conference and expo’ in Bolghatty Island. The given number of vehicles will include a pilot fleet of 3,000 buses, 200,000 two-wheelers, 50,000 three-wheelers, 1,000 goods carriers and 100 ferries.
State-run Kerala Automobiles Ltd (KAL) currently manufactures electric autorickshaw and is targeting 8,000 per year. It has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swiss e-bus manufacturer HESS to make initial 3,000 e-buses for KSRTC.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also launched the first electric vehicle charging station at an Indian Oil retail outlet in Edapally. It is one of the eight EV charging stations planned to set up in Kerala by March 2020.
Though there are a lot of talks about the adoption of electric transportation in India, this is the first concrete step we are seeing being taken in the direction. If Kerala successfully implements the target and switches to completely electric public transportation, we might see other states following the same path and the EVs may take over the automobile industry in India sooner than we currently think.