Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Approves Draft EV Policy

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The Himachal Pradesh cabinet approves the draft electric vehicle policy. The EV policy aims to encourage the use of sustainable transportation which will make the state a hub for electric mobility. It will also promote the manufacturing of electric vehicles, develop charging infrastructure, providing subsidies and other incentives for manufacturing units.

In the presence of the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur the meeting was organized. Initially, EV Policy was proposed by Anupam Kashyap, the transport minister. Eco-friendly, inclusive, safe, and integrated mobility solutions will be promoted for EV adoption.

By 2025, at least 15% of new vehicle registrations will be battery electric vehicles (BEVS).

Shimla, Dharamshala, and Baddi will be model cities for the adoption and readiness of electric vehicles. The plan is to electrify buses and cabs of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC).

In every 1km range, one charging station would be installed in cities and towns whereas on state highways one charging station would be made available every 25km. On national highways, one charging point would be created every 50km distance on each side.

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Using a ‘feebate structure’ funding would be created and various incentives would be provided under the EV fund.

The fund would be generated from sources including additional road tax, green tax, pollution cess on diesel and petrol vehicles, and registrations fees of ICE vehicles.

Under the Himachal Pradesh Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, all-electric vehicles will be exempted from road tax payment. Commercial electric vehicles would also not require any permits.

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