Gujarat tops the list of states where electric vehicles sales is high; 25,000 units of EVs were sold between 2016 and this year
Gujarat appears to be the state with highest number of electric vehicles purchase. Apart from that, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra are the other four states in the top five list with high number of EV sales. In the last financial year, 4,330 units of EV were sold in Gujarat, while 2,846 units were sold in West Bengal.
In Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra the numbers stand at 2,467, 2,388 and 1,926 units respectively. Overall, 25,000 electric vehicles were sold across the country in 2016-17 period. This sales result includes both the electric powered four-wheelers and two-wheelers. Also, among the total electric vehicles sold, 92% are two-wheelers, while only 8% is four-wheelers. The facts have been revealed in a study conducted by Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles or SMEV.
While Delhi used to be at the pole position in the list, it ranks 7th in the latest study. Only 1,072 units of electric vehicles were sold in Delhi during 2016-17, even though the national capital is among the top cities in the country with alarmingly high level of air pollution.
As the SMEV study reveals, major number of states across the country needs to rush for electric mobility soon. The study also reveals that delay in subsidies and weak infrastructures are the reasons responsible behind the low sales number of electric vehicles. The number could improve in coming days considering the current scenario.
The result comes at a time, when India is thriving towards zero emission pure electric mobility under the Mission EV 2030 strategy of central government. Currently, in the Indian car market, only Mahindra sells zero emission models like e2o Plus and e-Verito. It is also working on electric versions of KUV100 and XUV500. Apart from that, Tata Motors too are working on its EVs. The automaker is developing electric versions of Tiago, Tigor and Nano.