Why are electric vehicles catching fire?

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Developments in Science and Technology.   Context: The Union Government has constituted an expert panel to probe the recent series of battery explosions in electric vehicles (EVs).   Reasons for the recent increase in demand for electric vehicles: Concern over climate change. Cost of Li-ion (Lithium-ion) battery technology has decreased. …

Govt Policies of 2021 To Help Boost EV Adoption:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Infrastructure- Roadways.   Context: In a thrust towards incentivising new age technologies and fulfil the pledged taken at COP26 to reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero by the year 2070, India is aggressively promoting the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs).   Aim: India aims to switch 30 percent of private …

Shoonya Campaign: 

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Infrastructure- energy.    Context:  Recently, NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and RMI India have launched the Shoonya Campaign. RMI is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1982.    About the Campaign:  It is an initiative to promote zero-pollution delivery vehicles by working with consumers and industry.  The campaign will …

Assam govt. unveils electric vehicle policy:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Infrastructure- Energy.   Context: The Assam government has unveiled an electric vehicle (EV) policy for phasing out vehicles running on fossil fuels by 2030.   Highlights of the Policy: The policy aims to introduce at least 200,000 electric vehicles (EVs) within the next five years through a set of incentives for …

What is Hydrogen Fuel?

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Infrastructure- Energy.   Context: Under ‘Mission Net Zero Carbon Emission Railway’ by 2030, Indian Railways are set to run trains on hydrogen fuel-based technology. For this, it is considering retrofitting of existing trains.   What is Hydrogen fuel? Hydrogen is the lightest and first element on the periodic table. Since the …

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, BIODIVERSITY

Question 1 “The present global health crisis is not primarily one of disease, but of Governance”. Comment. (300 words) http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/policy-and-issues/restrictive-global-governance-system-affects-public-health/article5681521.ece Question 2 “The lithium- ion batteries are having high potential but recent findings have defamed its viability”. Highlight the controversy associated with it and suggest measures to overcome the same. (200 words) http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/lithium_ion_safety_concerns http://www.pddnet.com/news/2014/02/researchers-build-nonflammable-lithium-ion-battery http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/promise-of-lithium-batteries/article4555245.ece http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sci-tech-and-agri/keeping-lithium-batteries-from-burning/article5683063.ece