Big boost to electric cars: Cabinet approves Rs 10,000 crore for second phase of FAME India

By: | Updated: March 1, 2019 12:38 AM

Under the policy, the government will provide incentives only to those vehicles that will use Lithium Ion batteries or other advance technology batteries.

An electric car at a charging point, (representational image).

The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the second phase of FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) policy to promote use of electric vehicles in the country.

In a significant jump, the total outlay under the second phase of FAME India has been increased to Rs 10,000 crores from Rs 895 crore allocated under the first phase which was launched in April 2015.

The government will spend Rs 10,000 crore over a period of three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22.

“The main objective of the scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by way of offering upfront incentive on purchase of electric vehicles,” said the government in a statement adding that it will also encourage setting up of necessary charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Under the scheme, demand incentives for electric buses will be delivered through state and city transport corporations.

The government has plans to support 10 lakh private vehicles and five lakh e-3W category vehicles, 55,000 thousand 4W category vehicles and 7,000 buses under the scheme.

The government said that in order to encourage the use of advance technologies, incentives will only be given to those vehicles that will be fitted with Lithium Ion batteries or other new technology batteries.

Under the scheme, the government proposes to set up 2,700 charging stations in metros, other million plus cities, smart cities and other hilly states. It aims to provide a charging station in a grid of 3 by 3 kilometer area.

The policy also envisages establishment of charging stations on the either side of major highways at a distance of 25 kilometers.

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