1,590 electric vehicles deployed in 160 central and state governments in 49 cities
NEW DELHI: As part of the strategy to popularize green mobility in the country, a total of 1,590 electric vehicles (EVs) have been deployed in 160 central and state ministries and departments in 49 cities, the minister said. of State to Heavy Industries, Krishan Pal Gurjar. in a response to Rajya Sabha today.
This comes against the backdrop of the state-run Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) goal of having 200,000 two-wheeled electric vehicles and 300,000 three-wheeled electric vehicles across India, the government attributing the aggregation of demand for three-wheeled electric components and electric buses to CESL’s parent company, EESL under the ??10,000 crore Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (Fame) Faster Adoption and Manufacturing Program.
“These electric cars are provided on a lease-purchase basis to replace existing gasoline and diesel vehicles leased earlier,” the ministry said in a statement.
On Friday, as part of the world’s largest state-run tender, the subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, CESL, launched a tender for the purchase of 100,000 electric three-wheelers for a estimated cost 3,000 crore rupees.
“EESL / CESL is also developing an infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles and has signed memoranda of understanding with several stakeholders in all municipalities, DISCOMs for a site assessment study and the establishment of infrastructure charging in their jurisdiction. To date EESL / CESL has installed 301 nos. electric vehicle chargers across India, “the statement read.
The Centre’s FAME program is designed to support the electrification of public and shared transport and help create charging infrastructure. This is an important part of the government’s strategy to reduce vehicle emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.
“Based on the results and experience gained during phase I of the FAME India program and after consulting all stakeholders including industry and industry associations, the government has notified phase II of the FAME India program for a three-year period from April 1, 2019 with total budget support of Rs 10,000 crore, ”the statement said.
The first phase of the program started on April 1, 2015 and was extended until March 31, 2019, and the second phase (Fame-2) which started on April 1, 2019 was scheduled to end on March 31, 2022. However, the program failed to take off. , with only 5%, or ??492 crore, from ??10,000 crore allocated under its second phase spent through March. Fame-2 funds are to be spent to subsidize 500,000 electric three-wheelers, 1 million electric two-wheelers, 55,000 electric passenger vehicles and 7,090 electric buses.
“Thirteen states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Gujarat and West Bengal have approved / notified dedicated Electric Vehicle (EV) policies to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. vehicles, ”the statement added.
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