Changes required in Indian cities with the rise of Micro Mobility Vehicles

With the rising concerns regarding nature and its changing trends that are definitely for bad, it has become utmost necessary for mankind to think of innovative ways to counter these issues. With abundant cars and buses dominating the roads, it has resulted in heavy congestion on roads and has further resulted in rising pollution rates. Not just that, the resources are depleting at a steady rate and as a result of it, petroleum resources are becoming scarce day by day and unaffordable to the common public. The major cities all over the world are revamping and considering the way they travel on a daily basis. Heavy vehicles are replaced by micro vehicles steadily and this has led to the much needed change the world is in need of. While various countries like US and Germany have already accepted these, the Indian cities need to prepare themselves for the change.

As one would expect in the present-day entrepreneurial landscape in India, several startups have been furthering the agenda of electric vehicles. While some have ventured into manufacturing, either the EVs or the components, others are popularizing the utility of EVs via smart, shared mobility solutions. In various parts of the country, one can remotely hire EVs fitted with IoT locks in their vicinity, unlock the same through their smartphone, and use it for completing short-mile commutes, perhaps for hitching a ride from the metro station to the corporate business district or their college. Apart from the first mile and last mile commute, the cities need a few infrastructural developments to help the project progress. As far as micro mobility vehicles like electric scooters, for example, are concerned, and the slump could be attributed to the lack of charging infrastructure and policy support. The major Indian cities need to strengthen its manufacturing muscle to build the micro vehicles we need. The subsidies from the government will definitely help the cause and the micro mobility are in constant talks with the governments. Apart from manufacturing, there is also a change needed in the infrastructure. The current infrastructure definitely favors heavy vehicles like cars, buses, and trucks and micro vehicles are not entirely safe on the road, hence, separate lanes should be provided for the bikes and micro vehicles to ensure their safety and also ensure that these vehicles do not face the trouble of traffic congestion faced by the heavy vehicles. In major cities, advanced talks for providing separate lanes for cyclists and micro vehicles are being held and the governments are working on fulfilling the commitment.

While these smart solutions are promoting the adoption of EVs, the sector awaits a rock-solid push from the government to support innovation and ease in doing business. Our neighbor, China emerged as the world’s second largest manufacturer of EVs within only 2 years, owing to a clear roadmap and the government subsidy and EV policy. However, as per the Union Budget 2019 documents, the center has reduced the EV subsidy by 25% for the next financial year. For India, a good starting point would be to start incentivizing the EV users or operators. Yulu has brought this micro mobility trend into this nation and aims to spread this electric vehicle wave throughout the country. You can try out Miracle by renting them through the Yulu app and help us move ahead to build a better future for ourselves.

Author: Yulu

Yulu's vision is to reduce traffic congestion by providing a scalable, affordable, efficient and clean solution for the first mile, last mile, and short distance commute. We strongly believe that short commute mode can be made more Efficient, Affordable and GREEN, thereby ensuring that future generations will have a healthy environment to live. We want to replace big personal vehicles with a smaller form factor that does not require fossil fuel. We are using IoT technology to create a vast network of shared dockless bicycles that can be rented easily by a user-friendly app in pay per use business model. We are a mission-driven company based out of India with a solid founding team and big ambitions. At Yulu we believe that every day is a mission and success is exciting when its attained with fun and as a team. If you want to solve the problem of traffic congestion, reduce pollution, positively impact the society, let's have a conversation to partner in our journey to shape a new India for our future generations.

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