The introduction of electric cars has resulted in a boon ever since the major hikes in fuel prices have come. Many countries have already adopted the concept of electric cars and are running successfully as well.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam will be the first and only temple in the world to have come up with an idea of using electric cars for their official medium of commute. Earlier in March 2018, the state road transport corporation had run its first electric bus on the Tirumala road.
As part of the electric car initiative, the Andhra Pradesh Govt. will deploy a total of 350 electric cars throughout the state by the end of June. Among the deployed vehicles, 50 of them will be used by the TTD officials in Tirumala.
Managing Director of New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP), Mr. M Kamalakar Babu, has mentioned that they have shook hands with EESL ( Energy Efficiency Services) and formed an agreement from whom they’ve been hiring electric vehicles on a monthly basis. “The plan is to deploy 50 vehicles at first in the selected areas including TTD”, he added.
In concern with the costs, NREDCAP has agreed to pay EESL a sum of Rs 20,000 for each vehicle every month and another 20,000 rupees every month to maintenance department dealing with the payment of drivers. The chosen drivers will be treated with special courses regarding the efficient use of batteries and gears installed in the vehicle. Each of the vehicle costing Rs.11 lakh is said to be under the ownership of the State government after 6 years of use.
By the end of June, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will acquire the Electric vehicles. Greater Vishakapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), APSPDCL, APEPDCL and the Secretariat in Amaravati are others who will follow suit.
The vendors for supplying the charging equipments have already been finalized by the APSPDCL in accordance to the norms set by the Union Government.
Electric Vehicles are most known for their performance efficiency. The proposed EVs are said to deliver a mileage of 120km on full charge. It takes a total of 6 hours via AC charger and over 1 hour 30 minutes via DC charger for charging the vehicle. The chargeable amount for the vehicle is only Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 per km.
Such initiatives are by all means a very innovative and great step towards achieving an eco friendly environment.