Government Pushes Electric Mobility on Roads

Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha informed about all the activities undertaken in order to promote the electric vehicle sector.

Electric Mobility

The Minister of State for Road Transport, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today informed that in order to promote the electric vehicle sector, the Government has notified for retro-fitment of hybrid electric system or electric kit to vehicles and has specified the type-approval procedure of electric hybrid vehicles.

The Government has also notified that the registration mark for Battery Operated Vehicles to be on a Green background Plate. For the benefit of the age group of 16-18 years, mainly school/tuition students, the Ministry has notified certain specifications for the grant of a license to drive gearless E scooters/bikes up to 4.0 KW.

A policy on charging infrastructure has been issued by the Ministry of Power which clarifies that charging electric vehicles will be a service, not a sale of electricity. Further to combat increasing air pollution in Delhi, the Ministry of Finance has issued advisory to all Ministries/ Departments that they may aim to replace all petrol/diesel hired cars in their offices by electric cars.

In this regard, The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) has also taken an initiative to provide a Model Concessionaire Agreement (MCA) document for introducing Electric-Bus Fleet in Cities for Public Transportation on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode on Operational Expenditure Model (per km basis) rather than paying upfront capital cost.

Further, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has made an amendment in the Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) guidelines to provide for electric vehicle charging stations in private and commercial buildings.

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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