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9 November 2022

City Electric Mobility Strategy (CEMS)

A supplement to CMP Toolkit

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has mandated the preparation of a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for cities as a guiding document for improving the urban transport of the cities. As the development of a CMP is a complex task, MoHUA issued a toolkit with an explanation of the process in 2008. This toolkit was revised in 2014 to address concerns about climate change and sustainable development. Since then, the Government of India has introduced several new policies and programs for the betterment of urban transport. An important initiative pertains to the promotion of electric mobility through the wider introduction of electric vehicles in cities.

Globally, the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) has increased in recent decades due to supporting policies and technological advancements. According to the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020, sales of electric vehicles in India are expected to increase up to 16 million due to government support and the FAME policy, which was introduced to encourage a faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles. However, the total EV sales have reached only 1.21 million, i.e. 7.6% of the target (1). The government’s initiatives to electrify the transport system have so far focused primarily on public transport and commercial vehicles, but even here, progress to date has not been significant. Since the country is at the nascent stage of electrification and for the rapid growth of vehicles across various cities in the country, it is important to foster the electrification of urban transport to reduce the contribution towards GHG emission and transform transportation into an efficient and sustainable system.

In this context, the document City Electric Mobility Strategy (CEMS) provides a framework for consideration of electric mobility (and other alternate energy options) as an integral part of the CMP strategy by addressing different aspects of CMP preparation. The CEMS supplement provides the following:

  1. Process of visioning, formulating objectives, identifying relevant indicators, and setting targets for sustainable mobility.
  2. Scenario development (task 3 and 4 of CMP) with a framework to assess the impact of strategies and options incorporating electric mobility.
  3. Methodologies for forecasting electric vehicle adoption scenarios.
  4. A framework for identifying actions for faster adoption of electric mobility.

55 Pages | Language: English


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