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Old 15th January 2019, 18:22   #1
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Gensol Mobility has launched a 100% smart electric cab fleet called BLU-SMART in Delhi-NCR to offer last-mile connectivity for inter and intra-city trips. The service will not have any surge pricing.

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In the first phase, BLU-SMART cabs plans to have 70 vehicles running in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon and Aerocity. The company aims to have 400 cars on the roads by the end of March 2019. It has partnered with Mahindra to ply eVerito electric cars on specific routes in Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Manesar, Sonepat among others.

Gensol Mobility claims to have invested more than Rs. 50 crore to acquire new electric cars and setup 65 charging station across Delhi-NCR with up to 20 charging points each.

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A humble beginning. Every journey of a 1000 miles starts with the first step. Power to them. Given that we are a cost conscious country our electric car revolution is more likely to be led by indigenous answers like this one rather than expensive foreign CBU imports. - electric 2-wheelers, electric/plug-in 3-wheeler cabs and these 4-wheelers - hold the cynicism, in 10 years we along with China could be world leaders as a market for EVs.

For the benefit of readers: 33% of India's installed power generation today is from renewable energy sources. This amounts to a little over ~116 GW of which 45 GW is in large hydro and 34 GW in wind. Today its wind installed base is 4th largest after China, USA and Germany and based on current expansion projects in about 6 years time India is expected to exceed Germany in wind energy installed base.

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Good idea. Plugging the gap of last mile connectivity in NCR where there's a really strong Metro/bus network will go a long way in keeping private cars of the road. Short intra-city trips will also remove the range constraint EVs may have.

Hope this works out well. I'll look to book when I'm there next.
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....our electric car revolution is more likely to be led by indigenous answers like this one rather than expensive foreign CBU imports...
I was sold on that idea when I took my first e-rickshaw in NCR to get to the nearest metro station a few years ago, and from what I could tell from speaking to some of the drivers, they were happy to have moved from their pedal-based contraptions too.

Small scaleable ideas, rather than large capex sinks are a better idea to gain traction gradually.
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A very good move. I think Verito is a big car when we talk about last mile connectivity. It might be too big for our crowded "galiyan".

An electric hatch can be a better option for last mile. Wish, moves like these prompt automakers to make EVs available sooner than expected.
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A good initiative. I also like the fact that they are setting up charging stations as well so that their cabs have a place to recharge nearby at all times.

Thanks to my experience as running a car in Uber, I know that the major expense of the cabbie is fuel. Going electric will reduce this to literally peanuts and over time will be way cheaper than even CNG. Not to mention that electricity rates don't go up as much as fuel giving a better stability in pricing as well.

Staring out with specific routes is smart. This way they can gauge customer response as well as battery drain in cars over different conditions (traffic, day/night, summer/winter etc.) and give a better picture on the total range of the eVeritos.

I also hope other manufacturers come up with eCabs as there is a large market for cabs with 200-250 km range.
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