E-bikes Could be the Next Big Tool in Combating Delhi's Pollution

E-bikes Could be the Next Big Tool in Combating Delhi

Submitted by Subeditor on Sat, 2016-01-16 18:11 New Delhi: National capital New Delhi appears to be getting ready to lap up electric two wheelers, as over 18,000 people used Hero Electric complimentary E-bikes for last mile connectivity rides during the January 1 to January 15 odd-even vehicle rationing phase. The enthusiastic endorsement of Hero Electric's complimentary last mile connectivity rides proved that with the right policy, infrastructure and financial schemes, electric two-wheelers could be the next big tool in combating vehicular pollution in the national capital without impacting mobility. The initiative also got the support of Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Kumar Jain, Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra who rode E-Bikes and E-Bicycles to commute to their respective offices. Hero Electric Ltd. deployed over 100 E-bikes bikes at more than 10 strategic locations during the Odd-Even phase in Delhi to give complimentary last mile rides to office goers during morning and evening rush hours.  For the record, Delhi has over 65 lakh two wheelers and pollution caused by two-wheelers per litre of petrol is far more than that of four-wheeler combustion.   In comparison, Delhi has only about 60,000 E-bikes on record. Experts believe if a large scale migration from fuel fired two-wheelers to green bikes could be achieved, as visualized in the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, there would be a substantive reduction in carbon emission and humungous long term environmental and health benefits for city's residents. As per studies, every one lakh electric vehicles in place of conventional two-wheelers means a reduction of 1, 50,000 (1.5 lakh) tons of carbon emissions in three years. During this activity Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) took a survey from people and their responses are as below: 1. Majority of 18000 commuters were concerned about increasing pollution levels in Delhi and were inclined towards cleaner alternatives. They felt happy