air pollution Current Affairs - 2020

Electric Vehicle Sale increases by 20% in 2020-21

The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has released its data on Electric Vehicles sales. According to its report, the sales of Electric Vehicles have increased by 20% in the Fiscal Year 2019-20.

Highlights

The sale of electric vehicles in 2018-19 included 3,600 cars, 126,000 two wheelers and 400 buses. The sale of electric vehicles for the year 2019-20 included 3,400 cars, 152,000 two wheelers and 600 buses. The sales of cars have declined mainly due to lack of bulk purchase of electric cars in the country.

The sale of E-rickshaws was also high. Around 90,000 e-rickshaws were sold in the year 2019-20.

Key Findings

Of the electric vehicles sold in 2019-20, 97% were electric scooters. Out of these electric scooters, 90% of them were low speed electric two wheelers that run at 25 km/hr.

The trend of electric taxis is slowly building up. However, the sales of these taxis are not growing due to lack of infrastructure of charging stations.

GoI: Quota Allocation Procedure for import of Calcined Pet Coke initiated

On April 20, 2020, the Government of India has laid down procedure to allocate quota for the import of calcined pet coke in the financial year 2020-21.

Highlights

In October 2018, the Government of India permitted imports of certain quantity of pet coke in order to use it as fuel in anode making. Earlier, the GoI had banned import of pet coke. Import of petcoke was allowed only in lime kiln, cement, gasification and calcium carbide industries. Now the Directorate General of Foreign Trade has invited applications for import of pet coke.

Pet Coke is mainly used in aluminium industry as raw material.

Pet Coke imports

India is the largest consumer of pet coke in the world. India imports over 27 million tonnes of pet coke from US alone. Pet coke emits over 11% more green house gases than coal.

What is Pet Coke?

Petroleum Coke is called Pet Coke. It is rich in carbon and is derived during oil refining. It consists of more than 80% of carbon.