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Hero Electric promotes e-bikes in the Capital

21/01/2016 | Author: Autoguide | 0 Comments Back To Home   < Previous News   |   Next news >

Hero Electric e-bike

Hero Electric promoted its e-bikes as a means to curb pollution under a drive conducted during the Odd-Even phase implementation in the Capital recently. Over 18,000 office goers and distinguished citizens took the company’s complimentary last mile connectivity rides on these e-bikes.
According to the company, the enthusiastic response to the drive prove that with the right policy, infrastructure and financial schemes, electric two-wheelers could be the next big tool in combating vehicular pollution in the national capital without impacting city’s mobility.
The initiative also got support from Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Manish Sisodia, Health Minister, Mr Satyendar Kumar Jain, Environment Minister, Mr Imran Hussain and Tourism Minister, Mr Kapil Mishra who rode e-bikes/e-bicycles to commute to their office.
In a show of support to combating city’s pollution woes, Hero Electric had deployed over 100 e-bikes at more than 10 strategic locations during the Odd-Even phase in Delhi. The aim was to give complimentary last mile ride to office goers during morning and evening rush hours. The service was availed by more than 18,000 people during this phase and many well known personalities of the city gave a big thumps up to the initiative as well to the timeliness of the e-vehicles, a company release informed.
According to official records, Delhi has more than 65 lakh two-wheelers and pollution caused by two-wheelers per litre of petrol is far more than that of four-wheeler combustion. In comparison, the city has only about 60,000 e-bikes on record. Experts believe if a large scale migration from fuel fired two-wheelers to green bikes could be achieved, as visualized in the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, there would be a substantive reduction in carbon emission and humungous long-term environmental and health benefits for city’s residents.
As per studies, every one lakh electric vehicles in place of conventional two-wheelers means a reduction of 1,50,000 (1.5 lakh) tons of carbon emissions in three years. A survey by the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) during the drive reported majority of the commuters showing concern about increasing pollution levels in Delhi. Around 4,000 commuters got keenly interested in purchasing of electric scooters while most of the respondents felt that electric two-wheelers are indeed a real solution to curb pollution.
Mr Sohinder Gill, Director, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), commented, “Intention to migrate to green mobility solution is very much there as proven in the feedback given by 18,000 commuter who used our services although a high speed more efficient Lithium Ion based electric vehicle will be ideal for city such as Delhi. Delhi Government support is anticipated to create necessary conducive eco system by incentivising the customers directly and also provide robust charging infrastructure. There can’t be better time than now as a positive momentum has been gained during the odd-even phase.”
Mr Gill further said, “It is very much possible to have a population of two lakh e-bikes within two years with little but right support at the ground level.” Talking about infrastructure deficiencies, Mr Gill pointed out that the industry has a capability to set up more than 1,000 charging stations within three months but proper space at convenient spots needed to be provided by the government for this to happen. “Once the city is well populated with charging infrastructure, it will further incentivise people to opt for e-bikes”, Mr Gill added.

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