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Mahendra Nath Pandey, Heavy Industries Minister stated that more than 3,000 electric buses will be operating in various cities in India over the next 2-years under the FAME-II scheme.
He also stated that 3,049 electric buses were already in operation in the country.
Under the scheme, 175 electric buses were flagged by the minister including 75 buses for Gujarat and 100 buses for Karnataka. Pandey stated that more than 3,000 buses would be available in the next 2 years.
The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II to promote electric mobility in India was approved in 2019. It is expected to support 10 lakh electric two-wheelers, 5 lakh electric three-wheelers, 55,000 four-Wheelers, as well as 7,000 electric buses.
He said that the ministry had sent notices to two electric vehicle companies asking for information about the components in their EVs and whether they are manufactured locally. This was because the firms had filed subsidy claims under the FAME-II scheme, which is worth Rs 10,000 crore.
Minister said that the government would pursue the two manufacturers of electric vehicles if they fail to comply with the requirement for localisation under the scheme.
A government official stated that notices were sent to Hero Electric, Okinawa.
We have asked for their response to the notices. Pandey stated that they have requested some details and added that subsidies are provided by the government based on certain conditions. One of these conditions is local production.
He said, “If they are found to be violative of these provisions, then we’ll take steps according to that policy. If someone refuses to follow the government norms then we’ll take action against them.”
According to the official, the subsidies for the two companies have been suspended until they reply.