If two decades ago one was to say that the world would be moving towards cities where public transportation moved at speeds of over 300 Km/h and fossil fuels were a thing of the past, we would have just laughed it off. You have to look no further than Elon Musk’s hyperloop to get an idea of how technology has evolved over the years. Electric Vehicles, another fruit of this technology, have taken the world’s imagination by storm and the right infrastructure is all that is needed to make them a reality. Smart cities are no longer a pipe dream, they are the only way to progress
What is a ‘Smart City’? Simply put, a smart city is one where information technology and communications engage with the everyday technological products(your phone, your room’s AC or fridge) to better manage our experience of living in a city. A Smart city stands for efficiency as it saves time and precious resources, for all its residents. Such a city can only be built through the endeavors of numerous partners from different industries, government bodies and citizens groups, cooperating and working in tandem with each other. . For a smart city to be a success, the government has to match its step with the newest technological trends.
In the current economic scenario of the country, one can observe a huge gap between the rate of growth of private industries and the strength of infrastructure provided by the government. The painstakingly slow bureaucracy must realise that time and tide wait for no man. New technologies are being developed every day and the city governments need to exploit it before the gap between infrastructure and technology becomes too big to bridge. EVs are a great example to highlight this phenomenon. EVs in the future will not have nearly enough charging stations, if infrastructure growth remains stagnant. The projected number of electric vehicles in India, is at least six million by 2020, but the infrastructure to sustain EVs will be inadequate according to the current growth rate. It is time for the private sector to step in and solve this problem. We at Lightyear Infratech are focused on bridging the gap between technology and government. With our well established industrial expertise, we are working to assist to the government and develop charging infrastructure in the country
To ensure the construction of a truly ‘smart’ city it’s important to plan strategically as there are multiple factors which the government needs to incorporate into its planning. The charging stations should be built according to accurate data for maximal efficiency. They should be easily accessible and their location must be in areas with more EVs. The data collected by the government plays a massive role in this. The data pertaining to the needs of the people and the amount of vehicles per square kilometre, can be used to improve efficiency, fix problems, and create a more convenient experience for EV users. A very significant component of a smart city is human resource. Competent professionals are needed for the growth of these smart cities. Smart infrastructure gives the government proper grid control, to effectively manage the water and telecom networks that impact people every day.
Singapore is aiming to have a cleaner and a greener city by having EVs, not only for personal usage, but also for public transport. They recently rolled out an electric car sharing scheme which would enable people to have a more eco friendly alternative to owning a car. We need to follow their example if we want to solve our traffic and pollution problems.
Having set a target to have only electric vehicles in the country by 2030 and having launched the Smart Cities Mission, India is on the right path to a more sustainable future and Lightyear aims to play a big role in this revolution.