Week In India: Goa To Have 30% EVs By 2025; Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Approves Draft EV Policy; And More

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Goa To Have 30% EVs By 2025

To boost the adoption of electric autos by 30% by 2025, the Goa government has authorized Goa Electrical Mobility Promotion Coverage (GEMPP), 2021. The target is to generate 10000 jobs by 2025 within the sector. Around 50% of the current vehicles will be converted to electric by 2025. Encouragement to start-ups and funding will also be provided for electric mobility. The government will develop world-class infrastructure to convert Inside Combustion Engine (IEC) into electric vehicles. The plan also includes battery restore, promotion of research and development, developing stations, and innovation in the field of electric vehicles. Various incentives on buying and scrapping of vehicles, easy loans, waiver on registration charges and highway tax, building charging stations, swappable battery solutions will also be initiated.

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Approves Draft EV Policy

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).

Bounce Partners With Park+ For Installing Battery Swapping Stations

Bounce and Park+ have partnered to build an electric vehicle ecosystem in India. Together, the companies will install around 3500 battery swapping stations in 10 cities of the country. Battery swapping stations will be installed at malls, residential societies, corporate offices, and key parking spaces. Users can install the Bounce application or the Park+ application to find the nearest station. The concept of swapping stations is similar to that of a fuel station. Stations will have ready-to-go and charged batteries that their users can swap with the nearest station in less than a minute.

Special Focus on Ethanol and Green Hydrogen as Clean Fuels: Nitin Gadkari

Pointing out that only 6 % of the energy consumption in the transport sector came from renewable energy sources, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari said the government is on mission mode to decarbonize the sector, and special focus will be on ethanol and green hydrogen-based solutions. “Ethanol is a clean fuel and has low greenhouse gas emissions. The additional income can be directly diverted to the farmer,” Mr. Gadkari said in his address at the 19th edition of the World Wind Energy Conference 2021 (WWEC2021) in New Delhi.

Charzer Partners With Omega Seiki to Install 20k EV Charging Hubs

In the wake of driving the nation towards clean energy solutions, EV charging infrastructure enterprise, Charzer has collaborated with Omega Seiki Mobility to install 20,00 EV charging stations across the country in the upcoming two years. Charzer will install charging stations where Omega Seiki customers will operate, according to a joint press statement from the firms. They can take advantage of the charging capability in a subscription-based approach. Charzer also works with Green drive logistics, which has a fleet of more than 100 Omega Seiki trucks in the country’s Silicon Valley.

Tata Motors Delivers 60 Ultra Urban 9/9 Electric Buses To Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited

Strengthening its commitment towards promoting sustainable mobility, Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, delivered 60 best-in-class electric buses to Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL). The Tata Ultra Urban 9/9 AC buses were flagged off today at the Sabarmati River Front Event Centre, Ahmedabad by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel and Shri Kiritkumar Parmar, Hon’ble Mayor of Ahmedabad, in the presence of dignitaries from the Gujarat State Government, AJL and Tata Motors. The 24-seater zero-emission buses have been supplied under the FAME II initiative by means of a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) with AJL and will run on Ahmedabad’s Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor. Tata Motors will also be setting up the required charging infrastructure and support systems to ensure the smooth functioning of the buses.

IntrCity With Daimler India To Launch Inter-City Buses

IntrCity with Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) to launch inter-city buses and pre-fitted with mobility operating system (OS). IntrCity is one of the largest inter-city mobility brands of India which started its journey in 2011 and IntrCity SmartBus was launched in early 2019. The company currently operates around 170 buses and is continuously adding 50+ buses each month. DICV is the top commercial vehicle manufacturers of the country with the best-in-class comfort and safety. This partnership will boost the usage of electric vehicles with better pricing, insurance, and special AMC packages.

MoEVing Places 1000-Vehicle Order With Euler Motors For 12-Month Fulfillment

Hitting yet another milestone, Euler Motors, an electric vehicle company, has received an order of 1,000 vehicles from MoEVing, for the recently launched HiLoad EV, India’s most powerful three-wheeler cargo vehicle. MoEVing is a Gurgaon-based holistic technology player focused on full-stack solutions for mass EV adoption. MoEVing will deploy these vehicles across India. Vehicle delivery from Euler Motors is expected to commence from December 2021 and will carry through till the end of 2022. With this, the post-launch order lineup for HiLoad crosses 3,500 vehicles, including orders from Flipkart, BigBasket, and Udaan with deliveries expected to complete over the next 12-18 months.

Ministry of Heavy Industries Gives Rs. 564 Cr Incentive to 1.65 Lakhs Electric Vehicles

In a written reply by the Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjarin Lok Sabha informed today that the Ministry of Heavy Industries( MHI), under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme, supported about 1.65 lakhs Electric Vehicles as on 25/11/2021, by way of Demand Incentive amounting to about Rs. 564.00 Cr. Further, 6,315 electrical buses have been sanctioned to various State/City Transport Undertakings under Phase-II of the Scheme. Ministry has also sanctioned 2,877 Electric Vehicles (EVs) Charging Stations amounting to Rs 500 Crore (Approx.) in 68 cities across 25 States/UTs and 1576 charging stations amounting to Rs. 108 crores (approx.) across 9 Expressways and 16 Highways under FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India) Scheme Phase II.

Flexible Fuel Will Be Mandatory For Car Manufacturers

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways said that in 2-3 days, the government will issue an order mandating automobile manufacturers in introducing flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs). FFVs come with an internal combustion engine which can be used with both gasoline and ethanol. Gasoline includes petrol and diesel. Countries like Sweden, Brazil, Germany, and France already use FFVs. India imports 8 lakh crore petroleum products annually and if this dependence on fossil fuel continues, then the import bill will increase to Rs 25 lakhs in the coming 5 years.

PLI Schemes to Enhance India’s Manufacturing Capabilities and Exports of EV’s

Ministry of Power, Government of India has already advised all the Ministries and the State Governments to join the Government of India’s initiative on transformative electric mobility and advise their respective Departments to shift their fleet of official vehicles from the present Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) based Vehicles to Electric Vehicles. Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme for promotion of adoption of electric/hybrid vehicles in India is being administered by the Ministry of Heavy Industries. Further, two Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Schemes [Advance Chemistry Cell (ACC) & Automobiles & Auto Components] are being implemented by the Ministry of Heavy Industries to enhance India’s Manufacturing Capabilities and Enhancing Exports.

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