A demonstration of Electric Vehicles was given to Defence Minster Rajnath Singh and Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane by leading private players in the EV space on 22 April.
Electric Vehicle makers from Tata Motors, Perfect Metal Industries (PMI) and Revolt Motors showcased their EVs and briefed about the enhancement in technology and range of operation achieved during the past few years, according to a Defence Ministry release.
The Defence Minister has appreciated the initiative by Indian Army to induct EVs into its fleet of vehicles and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the release said.
“Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane believes that the future in transportation in EVs and the Indian Army has to be a torch bearer and lead the way in adoption of this technology even if the world armies are still only contemplating introduction of EVs,” the ministry said.
“Based on the directions of the Chief of Army Staff, a Board of Officers was detailed under Director General of Supplies & Transport (DGST) Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Singh Yadav as the Presiding Officer to formulate a definite time bound road map for introduction of EVs in Indian Army,” the ministry added.
The Board has finalised its recommendations and Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Singh Yadav briefed General Naravane on Friday (22 April) about the planned introduction of EVs during the Army Commanders meeting, the ministry said.
“As of now, Indian Army is planning to procure EVs in three categories i.e Cars, Buses and Motorcycles,” it added.