A new policy brief discusses ways to manage power demand in Bengaluru in view of increased EV uptake

With almost 42,73,637 electric vehicles expected to hit Bengaluru roads by 2026–27, the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) analysed its likely impact on the Bengaluru transmission and distribution network. It is estimated that this move towards electric mobility would reduce around 2.3 million tons of CO2 emissions annually in the city. At the same time, the overall city power load is also expected to increase manifold.

The recommendations for demand-side management strategies for distribution companies include “time of day tariff” which encourages consumers to charge their vehicles during off-peak load times, a scheduled tariff system where monthly tariffs are fixed in advance, and green charging stations with solar panels.

Our study on satellite mapping of PM 2.5 reveals the big picture on air pollution in Delhi, Kanpur, and Bengaluru.

The Centre for Air Pollution Studies at CSTEP released a report assessing the pollution levels in Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kanpur through satellite mapping. The study shows significantly higher pollution in Delhi and Kanpur, compared to Bengaluru and identifies the hotspots.

During the panel discussion that followed the report launch, speakers highlighted the importance of non-conventional air pollution monitoring methods (such as satellite mapping and low-cost monitoring) to understand the big picture, considering the challenges of deploying a dense network of reference-grade monitoring instruments.

The study finds no major deviation in pollution levels in urban and peri-urban areas and emphasises the importance of including peri-urban areas in air pollution action plans.