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Plan afoot to deploy 2 lakh electric vehicles in 5 years in Assam

The Vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021 has planned to deploy two lakh electric vehicles in the state in the next five years for individual or commercial use.

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 e-vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021

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GUWAHATI: The Vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021 has planned to deploy two lakh electric vehicles in the state in the next five years for individual or commercial use.

The state new vehicle policy aims at achieving 25 per cent penetration of electric vehicles in the total number of vehicle registration in the state. The five-year policy has the provision of giving subsidies and incentives to vehicle purchasers to make them use electric vehicles instead of fossil fuel-based ones.

The government will also provide incentives for developing infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles. It will set up a high-level committee to monitor the implementation of the policy.

According to sources in the Transport Department, one of the aims of the policy is converting 100 per cent of the public transport bus fleet to electric buses by phasing out all fossil fuel-based commercial vehicles, government vehicles, logistic vehicles etc., by 2030. After 2025, the government will purchase electric vehicles only.

The target of deployment of two lakh electric vehicles in the next five years includes one lakh two-wheelers, 75,000 three-wheelers and 25,000 four-wheelers.

Sources in the department said that the government would also provide incentives to the public for purchasing electric vehicles. The policy also focuses on developing an enabling charging infrastructure to support the faster adoption of electric vehicles across the state. The amounts of incentives and subsidies will depend on battery capacities. The subsidy ranges from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh, and the maximum amount will not exceed 40 per cent of ex-factory prices of vehicles.

Other incentives for electric vehicle purchasers include reimbursement of registration charges and road tax for two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers for five years; 100 per cent waiver of parking fees for electric vehicles for five years; 25 per cent capital subsidy for equipment/machinery subject to a maximum limit of Rs 10 lakh for commercial electric public vehicle charging stations. The government will also exempt 100 per cent electricity duty of charging stations for five years. There are provisions for the recycling of used batteries. Electric vehicle owners can deposit their vehicle batteries that have reached the end of their lives at any charging stations or swapping station landfills. In return, they will get remunerative prices for the batteries.

Also Read: Assam To Phase Out Fossil Fuel-Based Vehicles By 2030

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