The National Highway for Electric Vehicles (NHEV) has started a technical trial run of electronic vehicles on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway as part of the ease of doing business project. Ashwini Kumar Chobe, India’s Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, kicked off a one-month technology trial from Gateway of India in the country’s capital. This test drive aims to determine the economic feasibility of the electric vehicle infrastructure along the 270 km highway between Delhi and Jaipur. NHEV carried out the first phase of this technical trial between Delhi and Agra on the Yamuna Expressway last year to assess the technical feasibility of electric vehicle infrastructure on the highway.
Abhijit Sinha, Program Director, NHEV said- “The previous Tech-Trial Run II on the Delhi-Agra route covered 210 kilometres, and the current Tech-Trial Run II covering 278 kilometers over Delhi-Jaipur will facilitate the conversion of Indian highways into motorways for electric vehicles during Testing the technical and commercial aspects over a range of 500 km to the satisfaction of a full range of stakeholders – users, operators, investors and the Government of India as a nation.”
TTR-I tempted operators and investors’ interests when it successfully built mechanisms for 30-minute back-up electric vehicles, 30 percent cheaper electric vehicles for operators, 30 percent capital expenditure uses for chargers, and a 3-year break-even schedule. for investors.
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In the TTR-2, which begins Friday, the NHEV aims to respond to users’ concerns by answering questions such as the cost of one person seat, the cost of one-day car rentals, the cost of a one kilometer highway upgrade, and CO2 emissions saved by One EV over one year. Other factors such as the requirements for a number of physical infrastructures and charging stations to efficiently support electric vehicles and other requirements associated with the safe transportation of electric vehicles between countries will also be considered during the trial run.
“We aim to develop not only an electronic highway network, but also a 5,000-kilometer people-friendly network by 2024,” Sinha added. In the initial stages, NHEV is conducting a technical trial on 500 km of highways. The one-month technical trial run will be conducted with electric mobility coach NueGo from NHEV partner Green Cell Mobility and will cover all aspects of EV operation on highways. During the trial run of the technology, the technical, economic, environmental and social feasibility of electric vehicles will be studied.
A detailed report containing findings and recommendations from the technology trial run will be submitted to the government for consideration by Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, for incorporation of AHEM into NHAI during future highway construction. The results and experiences from these technology trials will be used to convert 5,000 km of traditional highways into an electronic highway.
(with input from ANI)