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Red lights on green mobility as govt picks EVs over charging networks

By focusing on EV production over charging networks, the government may have delayed the mass adoption of clean energy transport

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S Dinakar New Delhi
In prioritising electric vehicles (EV) over charging networks, India may have followed the wrong path towards creating an EV ecosystem, perhaps delaying its adoption. In the meantime, neighbouring China has taken a giant leap. 

After spending an entire afternoon at the showrooms of Ather, Okinawa, Hero Electric and BGauss in Chennai, assessing electric two-wheelers (E2W), Ramesh, a mechanical engineer working for a leading automaker in Chennai, was left with more questions than answers. His son preferred a zippy bike to get to the office but Ramesh was keen to interest him in a green vehicle. 

Ramesh had two concerns that reflect the

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First Published: Feb 21 2022 | 6:04 AM IST

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