Electric Vehicles Current Affairs - 2020

Indian Army in partnership with EESL employs e-cars to combat pollution

Indian Army in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has launched ecological initiative of employing E Cars for use of its officials in New Delhi. Under this ecological initiative, first lot of 10 e-Cars was flagged off by Indian Army. Now, Indian Indian Army is planning to further increase number of E Cars in Delhi to ensure economy, efficiency and minimal emissions. The introduction of e-cars in Army was visualized on World Environment Day and in lines with government policies on environmental protection.

About Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)

It is a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) that facilitates implementation of energy efficiency project. It functions under Union Ministry of Power.  It was established in December 2009 and is headquartered in New Delhi.

It is a joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited.

Functions: It leads market-related activities of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE), one of the eight national missions under Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change. It also acts as the resource centre for capacity building of State DISCOMs.

It is also implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in country. This energy efficiency portfolio includes-

(1) Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA): It is world’s largest zero-subsidy domestic LED bulb programme.

(2) Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP): It is world’s largest street light replacement programme.

(3) Agriculture Demand Side management (AgDSM): It world’s largest Agricultural Demand Side Management programme.

India, UK launch Innovating for Clean Air initiative in Bengaluru

India and United Kingdom launched two-year joint initiative- Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA) n Bengaluru, capital of Karnataka. It is aimed at providing unique air quality measurement system by integrating satellite and sensor data and support India’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA)

  • Features: It will identify innovations having potential to improve air quality and contribute to more detailed localised map of air quality of Bengaluru through unique combination of satellite and sensor data, including both on-the-ground and mobile data.
  • It will identify relevant challenges around EV-charging infrastructure, integrating renewable energy and grid management to ensure sufficient, reliable and clean source of power.
  • It will also facilitate opportunities for Indian and UK innovators to collaborate in developing long-lasting relationships to address these challenges.
  • Participating bodies in programme: It is led by Innovate UK — part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is funded by Newton Fund with matched resources from various key partners in Karnataka and India, like Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Enzen, Project Lithium, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) , C40 Cities and Clean Air Platform.
  • Its other partners include Indian Institute for Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), Citizens for Sustainability, World Resources Institute, Shakti Foundation, Shell Technology Centre, Global Business Inroads and India Smart Grid Forum.