With rising petrol prices and inflation across every sector, it seems like electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining massive popularity. In October last year, petrol prices crossed the Rs100 mark, and at the same time sale of EVs was seen increasing, especially in Gujarat. However, major boost was seen in the first six months of this.
Gujarat recorded a sale of more than 30,000 vehicles from January to July, which is a huge increase from 9,917 vehicles that were sold in the entire calendar year of 2021. In Ahmedabad alone, the sale of EVs reached 5,458 during the period as compared to just 429 in the same period last year.
In Gujarat, the sale of electric vehicles started picking up in October, when it reached 1,600 in a month. By December, it was more than 2000 Evs in a month. While in March 2022 the sale of Evs in the state was at around 4,500 per month, by April it had reached 6,970. Latest data shows that a similar trend is seen all across the country. The sale of EVs in India rose from 28,000 a month to over 70,000 a month.
According to transport officials, rising petrol prices and government subsidy on electric vehicles, has contributed greatly to the increase in sales of EVs. People are seeing these as a good alternative to gas-run vehicles. However, many people are hesitating to buy EVs because of the lack of e-charging facilities across the country. This is also the key reason why two-wheelers account for more than 65% of the total sales of electric vehicles.