Govt plans new Policy to promote Electric vehicles (EVs)

Govt plans new Policy to promote Electric vehicles (EVs)

The policy, advocating minimal subsidies, is likely to be announced at a global e-mobility summit to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7.

According to the fresh proposal :-

♣) The government will first begin creating favourable ecosystems in nine polluted cities with a population of over four million, and gradually move to cities with populations of one million-plus.

♣) The government could also consider throwing a 100-day global challenge to automakers for setting up manufacturing facilities for e-vehicles, batteries and charging infrastructure in India.

Background :-

In February this year, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had announced that the government has dropped plans to prepare a separate policy for electric mobility.

There is a shift in the government direction. Rather than spreading it to a pan-India basis, the government now wants to concentrate on creating pilot projects in populated and polluted cities that have a large vehicle base for easy transition.

The timelines and the roadmap for the policy are being identified but so far the aim remains to shift one-third of the petrol and diesel vehicles to electric fleet by 2030.

Considerations on New Policy to create Favourable Ecosystems  :-

A new policy to create favourable ecosystems for transition to electric vehicles is silently being worked upon.

The government has already begun consultations with industry bodies, including the Confederation of Indian Industries, FICCI and auto makers on five aspects. These include challenges & support required for :-

  • Electric vehicles manufacturing
  • Battery manufacturing
  • Setting up charging infrastructure
  • Promoting electric vehicles in commercial fleet
  • Role of renewable energy in electric mobility.

Another work is going to be done by govt :-

  • The Union cabinet is also soon expected to take a call on the 8,730-crore second phase of Faster Adoption And Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (Fame India) scheme that proposes fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to electric vehicle firms for five years.
  • The power ministry is close to finalising a policy for electric vehicles charging infrastructure that proposes granting subsidies to PSUs for setting up a basic charging station network in big cities and highways for gaining momentum in electric vehicle sales.
  • Niti Ayog, which is coordinating with various ministries, state governments and stakeholders for the e-mobility policy, will also be seeking comments from the department of heavy industries, the finance ministry, the department of science and technology, the ministry of road transport and highways and the the ministry of urban development.

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