Topic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways
5) It is argued that more than a manufacturing-centric EV policy, India needs a set of ecosystem-level EV policies. What do you understand by this? In the light of present EV policy that’s being mooted by the government, discuss the statement. (250 Words)
Why this question?
Indian government is keen on introducing EV policy that encourages moving away from fossil fuel run vehicles. This issue will evolve and will catch UPSC attention for sure.
Key demand of the question:
You should convince through various arguments that India needs EV policies whose source of electricity should be from renewable sources and should not burden our grid thereby causing more emission (as grid depends more on coal run plants)
Discuss: Write about all dimensions – lacunae in present policy orientation; need for evolving a greener options to recharge EVs; And suggestions if any (based on foreign models)
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, talk about climate change and how EVs can be either solution or problem.
In the body, as discussed above write in 3 parts – lacunae in present policy orientation; need for evolving a greener options to recharge EVs; And suggestions if any (based on foreign models) – with good examples.
In the conclusion, you may talk about India’s climate change commitments and how EV policy is an opportunity to compliment those commitments.