The Indian Government is preparing to establish a committee for developing a specific institutional framework tailored for adoption of electric vehicles on a large scale in the country. This will also focus on their viability in the shared mass transport sector in order to lower pollution levels in major cities. NITI Aayog has already solicited opinions from the environment, heavy industry, power and road transport and highways ministries.
According to government officials, the framework is still in its initial stages while discussions are also being held on the matter. This panel will have to take care of all electric mobility issues including the establishment of charging stations for electric vehicles across India, particularly in large metros and also the production of lithium ion batteries in the country. It will also have to look into subsidization of electric vehicle costs for a longer term until their production costs are reduced. This will boost electric vehicle sales volumes and also encourage Indian automobile companies to focus more on this segment.
The Central Government has also asked for proposals from cities, which have population counts exceeding 10 lakh citizens for extension of grants as per the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in India) scheme for the promotion of swift adoption of electric vehicles in public transportation networks.
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The scheme was unveiled in the year 2015 to promote faster adoption of environment friendly vehicles and offers special incentives up to Rs. 1.38 lakh for cars and up to Rs. 29,000 for bikes. The scheme is presently being operated as a pilot venture. The current Railways Minister and former power minister Piyush Goyal has previously stated that the Indian Government is preparing a blueprint to enable an all-electric fleet of cars in India by the year 2030