Big boost to Electric Vehicles: Government pumps in Rs 9,381 crore to roll out FAME-II

The new financial support will be valid for five years but will be restricted to new energy vehicles like hybrids and electric vehicles used for public transport, commercial purposes, and two-wheelers.

By: | Published: May 14, 2018 11:18 AM

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To promote the use of Electric and hybrid vehicles in the company, The government will soon approve the proposed entainling financial support of Rs 9,381 crore in the second phase of the Faster Adoption Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme that is expected to span for five years.

The new financial support will be valid for five years but will be restricted to new energy vehicles like hybrids and electric vehicles used for public transport, commercial purposes, and two-wheelers. This move will further benefit both manufacturing and sales of hybrid and EVs in India.

Earlier, Heavy Industry Ministry had circulated a draft Cabinet note entailing the details of the proposed scheme among various related government departments, including power, new and renewable energy, road transport and highways, finance and others, a senior official said. Ministry of Heavy Industry has submitted this new plan to government-appointed Niti Aayog which is responsible to see the workings of implementation of electric vehicles in India. Niti Aayog has begun the process of collating inputs from various ministries involved including Power, Road Transport & Highways, Finance Ministry and GST Council.

The phase one or pilot phase of FAME scheme expired on March 31 2018 and was then later extended by few more months. The final Cabinet note incorporating the views of related government departments has been prepared and may soon be taken up by the Union Cabinet for approval, paving the way for the rollout of FAME-II, official sources said.

The total requirement of the fund is Rs 9,381 crore spanning five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.However, the second phase of the scheme will be restricted to new energy vehicles used for public transport, commercial purposes and high-speed two-wheelers, officials said.

With an aim to promote eco-friendly vehicles, the government had launched the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME India) scheme in 2015 offering incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles of up to Rs 29,000 for bikes and Rs 1.38 lakh for cars.

Under FAME II, the source said demand aggregation will be attempted for city buses, electric three-wheelers and electric four-wheeler taxi segment to bring down the cost of vehicles.Agencies such as EESL, ASRTU (Association of State Road Transport Undertakings) could be considered as potential aggregators.

Moreover, large EV components such as motor, drive powertrain and controller which are currently not covered under modified special incentive package scheme (MSIPS) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology have been proposed to be given capital investment subsidy at a rate of 20-25 per cent of capital investment under FAME II, the source added.As per the information available from the Start Up Team of Invest India, about 136 startups related to electric vehicles exist in India.

However, these startups are not getting access to required finance, as financial institutions are reluctant to extend credit facilities to them, the source said, adding it was one of the main reasons for considering establishment of a venture capital fund related under FAME II.

A major reasons for the low intake of credit facility is the high risk associated in this sector. In order to support such high-risk startups, it is proposed that the venture capital fund of Rs 500 crore be set up under the second phase of FAME, the source said.

With inputs from PTI

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