In order to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, the Indian Army will equip units located in peace stations with electric vehicles in the next months, including 25% light vehicles, 38% buses, and 48% motorcycles.
Because the units in peace stations are short on buses, the force will shortly launch an open tender inquiry to get 60 electric buses as well as 24 fast chargers.
According to an Indian Army official, all-electric vehicles will be purchased with capital funds. The Indian Army is currently using electric cars as part of Civil Hired Transport (CHT). The army has already established charging stations at Delhi Cantonment to serve electric cars that are hired or admitted later. Civilians use several charging stations at Delhi Cantonment as well.
“Given the government’s rapid adoption of greener measures and efforts to minimise reliance on fossil fuels, it is vital to adjust to the changing environment,” the official added.
Indian Army’s efforts to support EVs infrastructure
For onboard charging, the Army has installed charging stations in parking areas of workplaces and residential buildings. There will be at least one fast charger and two to three slow chargers at these EV charging stations.
Every station would have suitable load-bearing capacity electric circuit wires and transformers.
The military also intends to phase in solar panel-powered charging stations to reduce the carbon footprint of these EVs to near zero.
The official went on to say that the operational role of the enterprises, as well as the number of cars necessary to be shed for their operational role, were taken into account when calculating the demand.
In April of this year, the Indian Army hosted a demonstration of available EVs for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, during which Electric Vehicle manufacturers Tata Motors, Perfect Metal Industries (PMI), and Revolt Motors showcased their vehicles and briefed him on the advancements in technology and range of operation made over the previous few years.
The government has taken a number of steps toward low-carbon development, including the use of hydrogen fuel and biofuels.
According to Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Puri, India would account for 25% of global energy demand increase over the next two decades. It should be mentioned that India is one of the world’s largest polluters of greenhouse gases, with a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2070.