Goa Electric Vehicle Promotion Policy has proposed huge subsidies for promoting eco-friendly electric two-wheelers and as per the draft, buying electric two-wheelers would be nearly 30% cheaper in Goa compared to buying two-wheelers running on petrol.
The policy would be finalised within the next two months and will be put before the cabinet for approval. The objective of the policy is to encourage startups and investments in the field of electric mobility and associated sectors such as mobility as a service (MaaS), autonomous vehicles, data analytics and information technology, to promote service units which would include electric vehicles (EV) and battery repair and maintenance stations and to promote R&D, innovation and skill development within the EV sector.
There are also plans to have charging stations every 25km on highways and every 3km within city limits. Battery swapping and fast charges are also included in this policy.
All EV charging stations, both private and public, will adhere to the protocol approved by the Centre, as updated on October 1, 2019, that is Bharat EV charger AC-001 and Bharat EV charger DC-001, and any other protocols as and when notified. In keeping with the government’s green initiative, solar-powered stations will be given priority and encouraged in the case of both private and public charging stations.
Post approval, the policy will be applicable for four years, following the notification after which it may be revised or extended. The policy will be applicable to all classes of EV, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, passenger cars and commercial light/heavy vehicles that are operated in the state with a Goa-based RTO registration.