In 2018, almost 2 million Electric Vehicles (EVs) were sold worldwide. In recent times, EVs are becoming increasingly affordable, and they are expected to match in pricing to the combustion-powered vehicles in the next 6 years. Many drivers are now considering the switch to electric. The most common questions that arise are: is EV range sufficient to get to my destination? Is the charging infrastructure developed enough?
What is Urban Mobility?
Mobility is the glue that binds cities, societies, and civilizations together. Mobility, which was considered a necessity just a few months ago, has now been disrupted. However, given the extent and widespread external effects of the COVID 19 crisis on urban and global goods movement and urban mobility, we are starting to see opportunities to address. This involves an urgent emphasis on an environmentally sustainable future. In specific settings where countries have “flattened the curve” and are now passing the peak.
There are specific examples of urban design that are looking to prevent a return to widespread single-car usage, lure passengers back to public transport, and encourage forms of active transportation (walking, bicycling). While we understand that walking and cycling may not be the best options for people traveling distances, switching to sustainable modes of transport, such as EVs may be the best way forward.
How can you achieve green mobility after COVID?
Public transport, to remain relevant and return to its central role in moving the greatest number of passengers in urban settings, will need to ensure sufficient social distancing space on buses and trains, and be reconfigured accordingly. Also, adequate hand sanitation and frequent station and rolling stock cleaning procedures will need to be actively implemented to entice passengers back.
Shared mobility, including micro-mobility, and rideshare are all critical components of the urban mobility ecosystem. While each individual mode will be affected differently by the crisis, a return to normalcy means a better understanding of the long term commercial viability of each scheme.
With the increasing transport-related GHG emissions, pollutants, and dependence on oil imports, electric mobility can contribute significantly to achieving climate-friendly mobility in cities. As technology and the market for electric mobility become more mature, its adoption has accelerated in cities across the world. Electric mobility will help pave the way for a new culture of urban and mobility planning. EV drivers usually charge at home or at work and are comfortable using their scooters and bikes for short trips. They are much more reluctant to take their EV on a long journey unless they can plan it carefully. To address this ‘anxiety’ of sorts, the Indian government has already started to install electric vehicle charging stations.
After a taste of a cleaner environment
There is a bigger picture in mind for the post-COVID-19 era. Since the lockdowns have hinted at the environmental conditions that can be expected with reduced activities and mobility, we should resurface from the pandemic in a way that would accommodate a climate-centric approach, hopefully dealing with both the challenges in one go. If not now, it might just be too late to adopt such green measures later down the line.
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