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Government working on new policy to push EV sales in India

April 30, 2017, 10:19 AM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Government working on new policy to push EV sales in India

In an effort to promote electric vehicle sales in the country, the government is reportedly working on a policy that will accelerate adoption of electric vehicles in the market by 2030. As part of plans, the government aims to reduce the initial cost of buying an electric vehicle, which is currently priced higher than the conventional fossil-fuel run vehicle.

Unlike other major UV markets like China, US and Europe, where higher subsidies are provided to cut EV prices, the government plans to work on a battery-leasing strategy. Under this plan, the buyers will not have to pay for the battery pack while buying the electric vehicle and while the battery itself eliminates the major cost, it will help bring down the EV prices. The plan includes two-wheelers, three-wheelers and non AC buses that run on electric power and might be sold without batteries. This will help cut down the prices by nearly 70 per cent as the battery pack amounts to a major part of an EV's price. Vehicles owners can however lease out the batteries at specified cost.

Additionally, the government plans to make arrangements to allow swapping of batteries at the charging stations. This will especially be helpful for EV buses, as they can swap the drained out batteries in exchange for a fully charged one whenever needed. The move is also expected to eliminate the biggest concern over low travel range for car buyers. A formal policy in this regard is expected to be notified in next six months.

In order to successfully plan and execute the initiative, ministries of road transport, power, petroleum and heavy industries will give their inputs to help draft a practical and feasible policy. Moreover, reports indicate that the program might be scaled up over a period of three years, wherein private cars will be included in the last phase.

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