With the gradual introduction of electric vehicles into its fleet of fossil-fuel-powered tanks, trucks, and jeeps, the Indian Army may adopt a new shade of green. “Introduction of e-vehicles” will be considered during a five-day conference of Armed commanders led by Gen. M M Naravane that began on Monday, according to The Times of India.
The development comes after the Army completed a study to determine the possibility of inducting electric vehicles at peace zone headquarters across the country. Because of the harsh terrain and intense weather circumstances the Army operates in, one of the characteristics it must assess is practicality.
The range of the vehicles — in comparison to those powered by fossil fuels — the availability of charging infrastructure, and the time required to recharge batteries, as well as the increased costs spent, are some of the primary issues that must be addressed, according to a senior officer.
According to the article, the Army Welfare Transport Society has enrolled around 15 electric cars, 10 of which are leased from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd for carrying personnel in Delhi, and the feedback on their adoption in the national capital has been positive so far.
Another official was quoted as adding that the Army wants electric vehicles to make up 25% of the AWT Society’s fleet. They also stated that 40% of their light vehicle fleet was already hybrid.