‘Charging policy’ for electric vehicles soon

BusinessPosted at: Feb 27, 2018, 12:59 AM; last updated: Feb 27, 2018, 12:59 AM (IST)

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  • A charging policy catering to legal aspects, guidelines for discoms and fixation of tariff for setting up charging stations across the country for electric vehicles will be unveiled in 15 days
  • Various Union ministries are in the process of procuring electric sedans to promote pollution-free, economical travel
  • Proposals as regards providing tax incentives for electric vehicles are also being considered

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‘Charging policy’ for electric vehicles soon

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 26


As the automobile industry prepares to usher in an era of electric cars, the government today said India would soon have a “charging policy” to prepare “ecosystem” for promoting environment-friendly and pollution-free vehicles in the country.
Union Minister RK Singh said his ministry would unveil the “charging policy” catering to legal aspects, guidelines for discoms and fixation of tariff for setting up charging stations across the country in the next 15 days.
Meanwhile, Union ministries are also in the process of procuring electric sedans to promote pollution-free, economical travel. While the cost of such vehicles would be more than those fuelled by petrol and diesel, their running cost is expected to be around Rs 3 per km.
The government is also working on other proposals, including providing tax incentives for electric vehicles and an electricity amendment Bill for discoms, to aid the “ecosystem” for shifting to environment-friendly travel.
Notably automobile manufacturers have been demanding a “charging policy” because they believe the introduction of electric vehicles is of no use if India does not have sufficient charging points governed by proper guidelines.
India, they say, needs a stable set of policies and a regulatory authority in the electric vehicle sector to prepare for the transition in terms of manufacturing and charging standards as well as on how power is to be bought and sold.
The move will not just reduce pollution, but also help India cut down its dependence on import of fossil fuels. The ministry is also in the process of identifying corridors within metropolitan cities and cities where such stations will be set up in the initial phase.

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