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What would make Indians buy EVs? Our survey has some answers

Mr Parmeet Singh

TERI's survey on consumer perception of electric vehicles (EVs) revealed that issues like upfront cost, battery replacement, and range anxiety are topmost concerns for people considering buying an EV

Future of electric auto-rickshaws in India

Ms Palak Thakur
Ms Sugandha Pal
Mr Shri Prakash

In the post-COVID scenario, the predicted demand of the three-wheeler sector might increase and a shift of commuters from app-based taxies may be expected. To promote electric mobility in India, auto-rickshaws can play a vital role as frontrunners.

COVID-19 lockdown: Impacts on the auto-rickshaw community

Ms Palak Thakur
Ms Sugandha Pal
Mr Shri Prakash

Auto-rickshaws or three-wheelers have become a crucial part of the mobility ecosystem in urban India. One of the most economical modes to travel, autos are popular within cities, particularly for the middle class for short and medium-distance trips within a city.

Fuel price hikes and choices for sustainable transportation in India

Mr Sharif Qamar

What will be the possible impact of a rise in fuel costs, especially diesel, and some of the sustainable solutions for the short term and medium-to-long term horizons? Which mode of transportation would suffer most from higher fuel prices in India?

कोविड 19 और शहरी यातायात: बढ़ेगा वायु प्रदूषण और होगी भीड़भाड़

Mr Shri Prakash

टेरी (द एनर्जी एंड रिसोर्सेज इंस्टिट्यूट) के एक सर्वे के अनुसार मौजूदा कोविड-19 संकट के चलते लोगों के शहरों में यात्रा करने के तौर-तरीकों में बड़े बदलाव आएंगे

Integrating electric buses in public transport: Kolkata's success story

Mr Alekhya Datta
Dr Shashank Vyas
Mr Ram Krishan

The IEA featured TERI's case study on Kolkata's successful operation of e-buses fleet in its flagship publication GEVO 2020


Launch of Digital Library on Green Mobility (DLGM)

November 2, 2020
to November 2, 2020
On 2nd November 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM IST

TERI along with GIZ cordially invite you to the launch of "Digital Library on Green Mobility (DLGM)" on 02 November 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm (IST).

Webinar on Air Pollution and Transport

October 1, 2020
to October 1, 2020

The virtual discussion will focus on the preparedness of Delhi Government and other state governments for the upcoming air pollution crisis, and the role of EVs and public transport to overcome it.

E-launch of 'A Fiscally Responsible Green Stimulus' report

August 24, 2020
to August 24, 2020

Recognising fiscal constraints, the report explores policy and regulatory interventions that would encourage private investment to provide a green stimulus to economic recovery in India.

Webinar on Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Mobility

June 8, 2020
to June 8, 2020

During the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, TERI assessed behavioural changes in using different modes of transport in a post-lockdown situation. Based on the responses on our online study, TERI has put out a policy brief on Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Mobility.

TERI survey: Would you buy an Electric Vehicle?

June 8, 2020
to July 3, 2020

The survey aims to understand factors influencing the purchase of Electric Vehicles (EVs) by consumers


Airplanes can give wings to self-reliance

July 8, 2020
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| The Hindu Business Line

A National Mission for design and development of passenger aircraft can help India create a globally competitive industry. The vision of self-reliance in a globalised economy has to be crafted for present-day realities. A major pillar should be developing Indian products in the frontier areas of technology.

Could India's Dependence on China Weaken its EV Ambition?

July 7, 2020 |
July 7, 2020
The Blue Circle

Leaning on China can be done away with in the long run, but right now, it will hurt the customer’s pocket, and could put brakes on India’s EV ambition. According to Mr Sharif Qamar, Associate Fellow, TERI, China has been a key player in the EV ecosystem in India. Its contribution ranges from component and fuel cell supplies to joint ventures with Indian corporations in manufacturing EVs.

International Energy Agency features Kolkata electric buses’ success story in its flagship publication -- Global Electric Vehicle Outlook (GEVO) 2020

June 16, 2020 |
June 16, 2020
BW Smart Cities

As part of its extensive work on electric vehicles, IEA published a case study on the impacts of increasing the share of e-buses in the state of Kolkata in India. TERI conducted the case study with support from the IEA, the West Bengal Transport Corporation and the Department of Transport, Government of West Bengal.

Connecting Technologies Shaping Future Of Mobility

June 10, 2020 |
June 10, 2020
Auto Tech Review

Increasing vehicle sophistication has brought connected technologies to the fore, necessitated by various factors. According to Mr I V Rao, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Mobility, TERI, and former Senior MEO, Engineering & Director, Maruti Centre for Excellence, connected technology holds lot of promise, but will take time before it emerges as a mass market product in the Indian context.

COVID-19 Scare: 61 Per Cent Commuters Won't Take Mumbai Locals Any Time Soon

May 29, 2020 |
May 29, 2020
Mid Day

According to TERI, the urban transportation landscape is likely to undergo significant changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Public transport usage to see decline after Covid-19 outbreak ends: Study

May 19, 2020 |
May 19, 2020
Hindustan Times

A perception study, based on a survey across 51 cities in the country from April 7 to 26 by TERI, revealed that 35% commuters are likely to change their mode of transport for work after the outbreak ends.


Assessing the environmental benefits from switching auto-rickshaws in Chennai to electric

June 18, 2020

In Chennai, auto rickshaws constitute 40% of all transport vehicles and 58% of passenger transport vehicles. The share of auto-rickshaws has increased from practically zero in 1970 to over 6% in 2008.

Impact of COVID-19 on urban mobility in India: Evidence from a perception study

May 17, 2020

The urban transportation landscape is likely to undergo significant changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Increased risks associated with crowded places combined with social distancing measures in public and shared transport are likely to affect modal choices of commuters. Urban freight needs may also alter with the change in the use of e-services. To assess the likely nature of such a shift, an online survey was conducted, which was designed to elicit the perceptions of respondents related to work trips, online grocery shopping, and food delivery pre and post COVID-19.

Emerging role of bike (motorcycle) taxis in urban mobility

March 2, 2020

Ride sharing and hailing services have given new dimension to urban mobility. Bike taxis serve as an intermediate public transport mode offering first and last mile services in India.

Regulatory mechanisms for electric three-wheelers

February 18, 2020

Electrification of auto-rickshaws plays an important role in meeting the transport requirement of many large and medium Indian cities and is critical for reducing air pollution and providing clean mobility solutions. The electrification of auto-rickshaws may result in lower operation and maintenance costs as compared to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles making them economically viable for the owner/driver.

Fleet Modernization: A solution to achieve better air quality

December 10, 2019

India's transport demand has grown from a total of 5.3 million in 1981 to 230 million in 2016, with two-wheelers and cars having 73% and 14% share, respectively. Commercial vehicles though constitute only about 5% of the total fleet, contribute to nearly 80% of total PM emissions.

Phase-wise implementation of fleet modernization (transforming pre BS-IV commercial vehicles to BS-VI) would lead to a 40-80% reduction in PM and NOx emissions from the sector by 2025.

Discussion Paper: Rural Roads and the SDGs

May 8, 2019

All the trends and patterns put together in this paper have long-term implications for incomes and new livelihood opportunities not merely for the farm and off-farm sector but also for a range of people who directly or indirectly depend on the rural road network, and constitute new classes of stakeholders in the network, including industry, service sector, those who access local labour markets, primary producers including mining and quarrying; as well as manufacturers of consumer durables and consumer products.


Area Convenor, Centre for Sustainable Mobility
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat