08 May, 2021

Waiting To Plug In

The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan hopes to have about 7 million electric cars in the next 3 years

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Waiting To Plug In

In less than ten years, India could be a country with only electric vehicles (EVs) plying its roads. The government has laid out an ambitious plan to go fully electric by 2030.

In 2015, the government endorsed the Nat­ional Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 to address issues of energy security and vehicular pollution. NITI Aayog has also set up a target to ban fossil-fuel-driven cars by 2030. Under NEMMP, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises also launched the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-India scheme in 2015 with an aim to promote eco-friendly ­vehicles in the country. Its objective was to ­provide fiscal and monetary incentives for adoption and market creation of both hybrid and electric vehicles. The scheme has now been extended till March 31, 2018.

To support this, the government is pushing the industry to step up the creation of infrastructure for EVs in India, and is fast clearing the way for manufacturers to step into this area. Env­ironmental issues are at the back of...

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