Govt push for e-vehicles: No permits, fast-charging stations

NO PERMITS required for commercial electric vehicles (EVs), state-owned power utilities to set up fast-charging stations, and a scheme for e-buses to swap drained batteries with fully-charged ones at depots across key metros.

These are some of the key features of the government’s ambitious plan for a mass shift to electric vehicles by the year 2030. They are likely to be implemented in conjunction with the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan that aims to get six-seven million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020.

The electric mobility push is in line with the global trend. Norway, which has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of permitting sales of only electric or plug-in hybrid cars by 2025. The Netherlands has proposed a ban from 2025 on petrol and diesel cars. Last week, France announced that it will end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. And, premium carmaker Volvo has said that it will only make fully electric or hybrid cards from 2019.

India’s EV policy push builds on the basic groundwork that has been completed under the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles, or FAME India scheme, especially in areas of technology development and charging infrastructure.

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