Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurates electric vehicle charging station in North Block and flags off 15 electric vehicles
Marking the adoption of e-mobility, the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance has signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an entity under Ministry of Power, for deployment of 15 electric vehicles for their officers.
In addition, 28 charging points (24 Slow charging points, 4 Fast Charging Points) have been installed at North Block in New Delhi for charging these vehicles.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Sh. Ajay Narayan Jha, Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure), Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, and Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.
Arun Jaitley also flagged of EVs at the North Block.
India’s e-mobility goal
With this development, the Department of Economic Affairs begins its transition towards a reduced carbon footprint and a more environmentally sustainable future. It also marks its participation in India’s e-mobility goal of 30 percent fleet electrification by 2030.
Several stakeholders across the nation are already implementing many initiatives to support electric mobility with more expected to join the effort.
The Department of Expenditure has also issued an office memorandum for all the government offices in Delhi/NCR to switch to electric vehicles.
Adoption of electric vehicles will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India thereby enhancing energy security of the country. It will further reduce GHG emissions from the transport sector and also reduce the impact of pollution level in the cities.
EVs to support India’s growth
Speaking on the occasion, Arun Jaitley said, “Electric mobility is an attractive, sustainable and profitable solution to mitigate climate change and the risk to public health caused by vehicular emission. EVs have the potential to support India’s growth by enhancing manufacturing, job creation, and technical capabilities. We are glad to be a part of India’s mission of rapid adoption of e-mobility.”
Power Minister R K Singh said, “The Indian Government is committed to usher in an era of clean, green and future-oriented technologies in the country. Today, we have achieved yet another milestone in that direction. The Government is promoting e-mobility by taking a lead in changing the fleet of cars used for official purposes with electric cars and at the same time creating the right policy framework enabling this ecosystem and to support its adoption.”
With these 15 EVs, the Department of Economic Affairs is expected to save over 36,000 litres of fuel every year. It will also lead to a reduction of over 440 tonnes of CO2 annually.