Policy for electric vehicles likely to follow Transport for London model

New Delhi, Feb 12: The Centre will soon bring out “foolproof” policy for electric vehicles on the lines of “Transport for London” model, Nitin Gadkari hinted while talking to Moneycontrol.
“Our department has signed an agreement with the transport department of London (Transport for London)… A conference was held with transport ministers and we presented the London model to them. A lot of people are thinking in that direction to adopt the policy using that model,” Gadkari told Moneycontrol.
The union ministry for road transport and highways signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TfL early last month to improve public transportation system in the country.
“The MoU can increase the use of electric vehicles in public transport…,” he had said while addressing the media after signing the MoU.
Transport for London follows various models to manage traffic congestion in Greater London. The models follow “strategic” combinations “to represent the different decisions that an individual makes when planning a journey”. TfL applies London Transportation Studies (LTS) as an umbrella model, having sub-models suitable for various mode of transport.
TfL includes models to handle congestion on railway lines (Railplan), highways (LoHAM), state and regional roads (LonLUTI) and cycle routes (Cynemon).
Gadkari said that India’s policy will be made with assistance from World bank.
“The model is being developed in consultation with the World bank,” he said.
The minister also said that the model has nine operators who provide drivers for the transportation system. The conductors for the system belong to corporation or state.
Policy guidelines for electric vehicles has been in limbo for a long time, keeping automobile sector on wait and watch mode.
Experts and auto-majors have voiced the need for a clear policy roadmap to usher in the change that the government intends to make in the country.
“In order to stitch up a strategy (for EV segment), we are requesting to have a roadmap regarding plans of charging stations… Without a clear policy, it will be difficult to select models,” Honda Cars India (HCIL) President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno told reporters at a recent event.