Week in Smart Metering - EVs and Smart Cities

Recent reports highlight growing EVs in India and smart city readiness, writes Rose Bundock, digital editor of metering.com.
Published: Thu 17 Mar 2016

This week we feature two interesting reports.

The first is a white paper from India Smart Grid Forum, a partner of Metering & Smart Energy International. The white paper examines how India can increase electric vehicle adoption in the capital Delhi to reduce air pollution.

This roadmap (pardon the pun) aims to showcase the size of the EV market in Delhi, which judging by the growing automobile market could be sizeable. The number of vehicles in the city grew from 3 million in 2007 to 88 million in 2015.

The paper also suggests a phased approach to an EV rollout but travelling on a fast track.

Another interesting read this week is the Smart Cities Readiness Guide produced by the Smart Cities Council in collaboration with major vendors in the sector including Itron.

While this is not completely new, the guide is now available in a web-based format to make it “easier for cities to navigate”, according to Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst. 

The new version gives more flexible access to more than 200 case studies that help cities address the challenges of rapid urbanisation, ageing infrastructure, climate change and strong economic competition.

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