The Indian Army will procure electric vehicles for select units and formations, to be in line with the government’s overall policy of cutting down carbon emissions, according to officials. The procurement, which will happen in a phased manner, will replace 25 percent light vehicles, 38 percent buses and 48 percent motorcycles with EVs in select units.
The officials have said that multiple factors unique to the Indian Army’s usage of vehicles, remote deployment locations and operational commitment were considered before finalising the roadmap for inducting EVs.
To support the EV ecosystem in the army units, the required support infrastructure, including charging points for EVs, will be put in place. According to the officials, these charging stations will have at least one fast charger and two to three slow chargers. Additionally, the Army is also planning to install solar powered charging stations in a phased manner.
The Indian Army will also fulfil the existing shortage of buses by purchasing electric buses for select peace establishments and the initial tender for the procurement of 60 buses and 24 fast charger will soon be floated, according to the officials.
In April this year, the Indian Army organised a showcase of available EVs for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, where manufacturers like Tata Motors and Revolt displayed their models and briefed about the advancements in EV technology.
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