Importance and Contribution of Alternate Fuels in India’s Green Mobility Story 2019-28-2376
Indian automotive industry has witnessed never-seen-before push towards Green mobility from the Government of India (GOI). GOI has maintained a firm stature while leap-frogging from BS-IV to BS-VI and has backed up its intent with equally firm actions of providing the facilities, infrastructure and necessary support to industry. After a lot of initial resistance, the Auto manufacturers have taken up the challenge and are well paced towards meeting the target of 1st April, 2020. Due to many aspects such as commercial viability, wide range of expectation from different type of customer segments e.g. 2-wheeler, 3-wheelers, SCV, Light & MHCV and passenger car segments etc. the overall landscape of market in terms of product segmentation, Diesel-Petrol share pattern is poised to change.
Parallel to this development, a wave of electric vehicle enthusiasts has hit the world which boasts of being the ultimate solution towards Green mobility. Indian automotive market is no different in this development. In fact, for the first time in Indian automotive history, Indian market can be seen to be marching the new technology story hand in hand with other world leaders. Though Electric mobility definitely has potential to become a solution worth considering, this technology still has its own hurdles to combat. And as the balanced view suggests, technology on Electric vehicles needs to be given time that it needs to incubate itself and come out as a matured solution.
Till recent time, Alternate fuels were not part of mainstream propulsion for automotive industry. However, in the current times of transition of technologies, Alternate fuels will emerge as a strong contender for economic, convenient solution for green mobility.
This paper provides a balanced view on Alternate Fuels as an option for mainstream mobility. The facts and findings related to various aspects such as Engine technology, Cost of Ownership, Safety and Convenience are discussed at length in light of green mobility i.e. Emissions contribution.