Ever since scientific research started pointing to the role of vehicle emissions in adding to global warming, discussions around promoting eco-friendly and efficient alternatives have surfaced and swept through the automobile industry. And though there has been a rise in the use of electric vehicles, not much has been done to broaden the awareness. Holding hands with the state, we at KMRL were able to take a step forward in fixing this issue.
On 29 June 2019, EVOLVE, a two-day e-expo was flagged off at Grand Hyatt, Kochi. KMRL was the nodal agency of this unique initiative which saw an innovative electric vehicle exhibition, followed by a conference. Nearly 42 stalls were set up at the venue and around 80 speakers present at the conference session.
The vehicles on display make use of hydrogen cells to function, instead of petroleum, which means a significant amount of pollution can be controlled if more such vehicles are put to use. At present, a charging point has been launched at Indian Oil bunk, Edapally which can be used for free in the first three months, after which charges will be based on the duration of usage.
Commenting on the initiative was Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who promised to deliver 10 lakh e-vehicles in the next three years. He also added that the State’s fleet of public vehicles will soon be replaced with electric ones. Extending support to this notion was Amitabh Kanth, CEO of Niti Aayog, who assured the State of the Central Government’s help in implementing the innovative move. Kerala Automobile Limited (KAL) signed a pact with Swiss vehicle manufacturing company Carrosserie Hess AG to manufacture 3000 e-buses for KSRTC, at the event.
The expo was inaugurated by Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan in the presence of prominent figures like Shri. Amitabh Kanth, Shri. Hibi Eden MP, Shri. Tom Jose IAS Chief secretary,Shri K R Jyothylal IAS Principal secretary Transport,Shri. APM Mohammed Hanish IAS, MD KMRL.