On the occasion of World Environment day, a rally of electric and hybrid vehicles of all categories was today flagged off from the India Gate lawns in New Delhi.
The rally was flagged off jointly by the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete and Minister Environment & Forests Prakash Javdekar.
This event was organised by Department of Heavy Industry with the objective to inform public at large that Government has initiated the scheme Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME India) in order to protect the environment. This scheme will help reduction in the use of fossil fuel, which is one of the main sources of GHG emission from road transport sector.
“The move to promote use of electric and hybrid vehicles is part of Prime Ministers Make in India Initiative,” Geete said urging the Automobile manufacturers in the country to chip in this mega project. “The phased replacement of fossil fuel based vehicles by the new generation vehicles based on the latest technologies will result in a net saving of Rs. 14,000 crore which could have gone for a purchase of petro products.”
Javdekar said, “This project is in tune with the country’s resolve of reducing the carbon emission to protect the environment of this universe as a whole. The launch of this campaign will definitely strengthen Indian stand on this issue on the international platforms.”
About 25 owners of electric vehicles mainly of Mahindra Rewa took part in the rally. About 50, two wheelers were brought by various electric scooter manufacturers. Provision of test drive at India Gate for attracting people to use these vehicles was also made. At India Gate, A lucky draw for all participants was also held and winner of the contest Shri Arun Sharma from Karol Bagh, New Delhi was gifted with a electric Two-wheeler to be sponsored by Hero electric.
Major attraction of rally was soft launch by Mahindra and Mahindra its Sedan category vehicle (E-verito), which is first four-door pure electric model in the country.