Vehicles and Fuels

India is the sixth largest producer of passenger vehicles in the world. Car sales are increasing by leaps and bounds and have surged ahead of bigger markets like China, Brazil, and Europe. By 2050, the country is expected to top the world in the number of cars on the roads. This could mean a huge pressure on our fuel sources as well as on the air quality. In order to pre-empt this, the Transport programme is supporting the government to put in place stringent fuel efficiency norms or standards for new fleet of vehicles.

Towards this, the Transport programme is supporting the Standards and Labelling Programme of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to increase efficiency of new vehicles fleet. It is also advocating for increasing the fuel efficiency of existing heavy duty and commercial vehicles fleet and supporting the improvement of fuel quality of all vehicles to Euro VI levels.

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  • Improving bus fuel efficiency through fleet driver training

    Fuel consumption of a bus depends on both technical and operational parameters such as vehicle design, driver behaviour, maintenance practices, road conditions and traffic patterns. Out of these the quickest and the most cost effective way to achieve better fuel efficiency, particularly in case of existing fleets, is through improved driver behaviour. Improved driver behaviour has the potential of increasing bus fuel economy by 7-10 percent. We supported this initiative to conduct training programmes for drivers from State road Transport Undertakings (STUs) on fuel efficient driving practices. A total of 1800 drivers from across the country were trained.>>

  • Roadmap for Standards and Labelling programme for tyres in India

    Roadmap for Standards and Labelling programme for tyres in India>>

  • Improving vehicular fuel efficiency

    A theoretical framework to improve bus fuel efficiency through enhanced management, inspection and maintenance of bus fleet.>>

  • Research and Advocacy on Vehicular Emissions

    Deteriorating air quality in Indian cities is a growing and serious concern. A major cause of this is the increasing emissions from the rapidly growing transport sector. To curb this, while stricter emission and fuel efficiency standards are required for new vehicles, there is also a need to have better inspection and maintenance practices for in-use vehicles. In this context, Shakti initiated this project to conduct research on reforming the in-use vehicle testing and compliance mechanism.>>

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  • The Wind Beneath India’s Renewable Energy Wings

    Already accounting for 9% of India's total installed energy capacity, wind power looks to add another 6GW this year, an unprecedented expansion that will help the country overshoot its Paris climate pact commitment.>>

    Huffington Post |  22 May 2017
    India's First Electric Cab Fleet To Be Launched In Nagpur This Month

    The first electric taxi fleet in the country is going to be launched in Nagpur from the 26th of May 2017. With India's pledge to go all electric by 2030, this is a good way to get things rolling. Nagpur will be the first city in the country to adopt electric cabs and the success of this project will determine its applicability in other cities. >>

    NDTV |  15 May 2017
  • State discoms lower losses in FY16, improve cost coverage t

    Operational performance of state power distribution companies has improved with a decline in commercial losses of electricity and marginally better coverage of costs in fiscal 2016, a report by the Power Finance Corp (PFC) said.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 May 2017
    Emission standards soon for Railways

    Indian Railways will soon come under emission standards, with the Engine Development Directorate of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation drawing up the draft norms for diesel locos. The emission burden from the transport sector as a whole has risen 3.5 times since 1990 to stand at 250 million tonne CO2, or 13.5 per cent of the total emissions in 2013. >>

    The Hindu Business Line |  02 May 2017
  • If India meets renewables target, no more coal power needed till 2027

    Investing in renewables brings environmental benefits like reduced pollution while creating employment opportunities as well. Therefore, renewable energy has the potential to solve the energy trilemma of ensuring energy security, energy access and sustainability.>>

    The Economic Times |  29 Apr 2017
    Pollution tapers solar yield by 25 per cent: Study

    India is making a big push for solar energy, with power capacity expected to double this year. But some of the gains, especially in north India, could be offset by a growing problem: air pollution. A new study, the first of its kind in India and one of a handful globally, has found that dust and particulate matter (PM) may be reducing the energy yield of solar power systems in north India by 17%-25 % annually. >>

    The Economic Times |  26 Apr 2017
  • Better Energy Management Electrifies the Corporate Agenda

    Forward-looking businesses are realizing huge cost savings by investing in energy efficiency measures and switching to renewable energy—as well as being able to make and meet ever more ambitious greenhouse gas commitments.>>

    BSR |  12 Apr 2017
    India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

    India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. Among states, Andhra Pradesh tops the chart with largest cumulative solar generation capacity of 1,867 MW as on March 31, 2017 followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu at 1,812 MW and 1,691 MW respectively. >>

    The Economic Times |  11 Apr 2017
  • Energy efficiency 2.0

    Globally, governments are trying to ginger up today’s moribund carbon markets, by fixing floor prices for carbon and mandating purchase. On its part, the World Bank will soon start the ‘Transformative Carbon Asset Facility’, which will essentially pay for emission cuts. The 10 GW of saving achieved by India in 2016-17 is but just a pinch. A whole new industry is opening up.>>

    Business Line |  11 Apr 2017
    Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

    The world added a record 138.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23 percent drop in investment. The new energy -- mainly from wind and solar installations, but not including large hydro projects -- was up eight percent from the previous year, on global investment of USD 242 billion (227 billion euros). >>

    The Economic Times |  07 Apr 2017

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