Demonstration of Electric Vehicles (EVs) prelude to the Induction in Indian Army
New Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appreciated the Indian Army’s initiative to induct Electric Vehicles and reduce dependency on fossil fuels in line with the Government policies. He was speaking at a demonstration of EVs which was given to him along with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane and senior officers of the Indian Army in New Delhi on April 22.
Electric Vehicle manufacturers from Tata Motors, Perfect Metal Industries (PMI) and Revolt Motors showcased their EVs and briefed about the enhancement in technology and range of operation achieved during the past few years.
Government’s policy of FAME I & II have given tremendous boost to infrastructure development for sustaining the EV ecosystem in India. Setting up of EV charging stations has been delicenced by the Government to facilitate the EV adoption.
Army Chief Naravane believes that the future in transportation is EVs and Indian Army has to be a torch bearer and lead the way in adoption of this technology even if the world armies are still only contemplating introduction of EVs.
Based on the directions of the Chief of Army Staff, a Board of Officers was detailed under Director General of Supplies & Transport (DGST) Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Singh Yadav as the Presiding Officer to formulate a definite time bound road map for introduction of EVs in Indian Army.
The Board of Officers has finalised its recommendations and Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Singh Yadav briefed the Chief of Army Staff, Army Commanders and Senior Army officers about the planned introduction of EVs during the Army Commanders meeting.
As of now, Indian Army is planning to procure EVs in three categories i.e. Cars, Buses and Motorcycles.