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At a function in Canacona attended by Union Minister of Heavy Industries, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, and others, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced ambitious plans as he unveiled the Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy 2021. The government wanted to show its commitment to promoting electric vehicles in order to help reduce the country’s carbon emissions in line with India’s global warming commitments made at COP-26.

Manufacturers and potential buyers were offered to charge stations, subsidies for electric vehicles, and lower costs, with Kant even suggesting that “no more combustions of two-wheelers and three-wheelers” will occur in the next four years because the prices of these vehicles will have fallen so much that even the upfront price of an electric vehicle will be lower than that of a fossil fuel-driven vehicle.

If one only listens to the government and the presenters, the picture appears to be extremely rosy. However, take a look around you and you’ll notice that the situation is quite different. In a few years, things may look very different, but for now, reluctance is written large across the consumer’s face as he considers whether or not to bite the bullet and go electric.

Electric vehicles, without a doubt, have numerous advantages, including lower pollutants in cities, quieter environments, lower operational and maintenance expenses, and other perks. It’s one of the reasons why the government claims that, while the cost of an EV may be higher at the time of purchase, it will balance out during the vehicle’s lifetime.

Aside from that, the government must recognize that boosting EV use would not save the earth by itself. True solutions do not entail adding additional automobiles to the road, but rather encourage people to take public transportation. The more commuters who use public transportation, the more resource-efficient the system becomes. The government is chasing a flashy answer, which is only half the problem, rather than looking at cheaper alternatives that can have a bigger impact when it comes to cutting emissions, such as an efficient transportation system. Changing from a gasoline/diesel vehicle to an electric vehicle will not eliminate traffic bottlenecks, shorten travel time, or change our city’s infrastructure outlook. It will assist a number of automakers in finding new customers for a new line of vehicles.

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