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Indian Government Is Inclined Towards Electric Motor Vehicles (EMV): An Overview

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Indian Government Is Inclined Towards Electric Motor Vehicles (EMV): An Overview

A bunch of states are working hard and smart to draft electric vehicles policies in India. Here’s what you need to know all about it…

Back in 1996 when Scooters India Ltd launched their first electric three-wheeler – Vikram SAFA, it was a novelty. However, in the current scenario, there’s an immense need to adopt  EMVs at a large scale and shift to clean & green mobility. 

Electric Vehicles are highly sought-after in recent times, and there are multiple reasons: 

  • They are eco-friendly
  • Cheap fuel /mobility costs
  • Extremely low maintenance costs

The Centre has taken multiple initiatives to strengthen the adoption of EVs, PAN India. Back in 2015 when FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) India was launched, its Phase 1 was given an extension of up to March 31, 2019. 

Further, in 2017, the Centre launched EV@30 to draft collective goals for EVI members. The agenda being – EVs must constitute 30-35 percent of vehicle sales by 2030. This year with the launch of the budget, the Centre’s inclination was prominent when it announced the second phase of this scheme. It outlayed 10,000 Cr towards this programme, which clearly projects the drift towards EV segment. 

The EV segment witnessed a growth of 124% – selling 56,000 vehicles in 2018, compared to 25,000 in 2017. The major players in this area (four-wheelers) are – Mahindra, Toyota, Maruti Suzuki & Tata Motors. 

If we talk about the actual execution of the plan, a handful of Indian states have managed to pull it off. They have framed policies, that are completely in synchronization with the promotion plan along with a bunch of incentives, fiscal sops, and valid-enough encouragement for the common man to embed it in the ecosystem. 

Key Highlights:

Karnataka

  • Karnataka’s government intends to make Bengaluru the electric vehicle capital of India.
  • Investment of 31,000 Cr and vision to create 55,000 jobs – both from the supply and demand side of the domain.
  • Support to build EMV charging infrastructure, R&D and skill development incentives.
  • Encouraging startups to develop policy-friendly business models.
  • Venture capital fund for research in EV mobility & tax benefits.

Telangana

  • Attracting investment worth $3 Billion & create employment 50,000 people by 2022.
  • Vision to make Telangana “EV hub of India”.
  • Innovation fund by the government to support EVs

Delhi

  • 50% electric buses for public transport by 2023
  • “Pollution Cess” on petrol & diesel vehicles starting 2019

Andhra Pradesh

  • Attract investment of 30,000 Cr by 2030 & create jobs for 60,000 people
  • All state run buses to go electric by 2034

Maharashtra

  • Number of electric vehicles to go up by 5 lac
  • 25,000 Cr investment in EV & charging infrastructure
  • Create jobs for 1 lac people

Kerala

  • Targeting 6 Cr electric vehicles by 2022
  • 6000+ state run electric buses by 2025

Uttar Pradesh

  • 1000+ electric buses for public transport by 2030
  • Setting up electric motor vehicle R&D and incubation centers at IIT-K & other leading tech-education institutions

Electric Motor Vehicle Sales – PAN India

Source: The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles in India

CATEGORY2016-20172017-2018
Electric two-wheelers23,000 units54,800 units
Electric four-wheelers2000 units1,200 units
TOTAL25,000 EMVs56,000 EMVs

This is not “it”. The Centre is additionally pushing for World’s first electric train too.

As indicated by a study conducted by the World Health Organization, 9 out of each 10 individuals on the planet inhale air that contains elevated amounts of cancerous pollutants and it further takes a toll on 7 million individuals every year. 

For now, we can say “Kudos” to our government and policy setters for all the ‘green’ efforts!