Explained: How green is your electric vehicle?

In a coal-dependent country like India, EVs might actually increase emissions of greenhouse gases

While speaking at the recent ETAuto EV Conclave, R.C. Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, made a rather unexpected point. Unexpected because it was an event to promote electric vehicles. “In a country like India, where per capita incomes are a fraction of those in Europe and the US and coal is the major source of electricity, electric vehicles will not give the intended reduction in carbon emissions for the next 10-15 years,” he said. 

Bhargava even questioned the government’s rationale in taxing compressed natural gas-powered cars at the same level as petrol and diesel cars, and said …


Nikhil Varma

Nikhil used to a writer at The Morning Context. He is a graduate of the Asian College of Journalism, and has worked with several publications including the Deccan Herald, The Hindu and The Indian Express. He has reported on a wide range of topics, from technology to automotives to books.