EVs are hardly the magic wand to fight India’s pollution woes

India’s drive towards electric vehicle (EV)-led mobility has accelerated in recent years, but the plan raises more environmental questions than it answers.

For one, the charging infrastructure is expected to be heavily reliant on coal-based power, indirectly increasing the emission of greenhouse gases. Then, there’s the bigger question of what to do with the heap of electronic waste generated from worn-out lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which power EVs.

“Changing to batteries charged by thermal power will not reduce an iota of pollution,” TVS Motor chairman and managing director (CMD) Venu Srinivasan had asserted last month.

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