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Finance Ministry adopts e-mobility to cut costs, pollution

Finance Ministry

New Delhi: In a move aimed at reducing air pollution and carbon emissions, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday launched the induction of 15 electric vehicles in the Ministry which is likely to save 36,000 litres of fuel each year.

The Finance Ministry’s initiative, which follows e-mobility efforts by other Central and state government departments, is part of an ambition to replace the government’s 5,00,000 conventional internal combustion engine cars with electric variants.

“The 15 electric vehicles, Mahindra e-Verito, has been taken on lease at Rs 40,000 per month per car for joint secretaries and senior officials of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). It will save 36,000 litres of fuel each year,” a Finance Ministry official said.

Further, four fast charging points (DC chargers) and 24 slow charging points (AC chargers) have been installed at the North Block for charging these vehicles. While the DC charger takes 90 minutes, AC charger takes 6 hours to fully charge the car battery.

The DEA has signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of public sector units under the Ministry of Power, for deployment of the 15 electric vehicles. (IANS)

 

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