The Maharashtra government made an announcement that it expects 10% of all new vehicles registered in the state would be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.
The draft Electric Vehicles Policy 2021 said that the share of EVs in new vehicle registrations across the state in 2025 is likely to be 10% for all vehicles, 10% for two-wheelers, 20% for three-wheelers, and 5% for four-wheelers. The state also plans to set up at least one Gigafactory for the manufacturing of advanced batteries to cater to the expected demands.
Additional Chief Secretary A.K. Singh announced the key highlights of the draft Electric Vehicles Policy 2021 at a virtual conference which discussed the future of electric mobility. The draft policy awaits the clearance of the state Cabinet. He also mentioned that currently, the state’s share of national vehicle registrations is around 12% (32,000), which is not big enough to excite the automobile manufacturers. The draft EV policy targets urban centres like Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad, aiming to achieve 25 per cent electrification of intra-city public transport and other vehicles by 2025.
The state also has plans to convert 15 percent of the 18,000-strong fleet of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses to electric mode by 2025. For this, it is planning to increase the number of charging stations in these cities/regions by 2025 to cater to the growing requirements.
Avinash Dhakne who is the Maharashtra Transport Commissioner said that the state plans to make four highways/expressways fully EV-ready by 2025, including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the upcoming Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway and the Mumbai-Nashik and Pune-Nashik highways. Also, from April 2022, it plans that all new government vehicles shall be EVs in the major cities listed under the draft policy.