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Draft auto policy: Green mobility hits top gear

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 16, 2018

‘Green Mobility’ is the future and India needs to rapidly develop capabilities in this area. This is the central theme of the draft ‘National Auto Policy 2018’, released by the Centre on Friday.

“Green mobility will be the future of the global automotive industry. India needs to rapidly develop capabilities, scale and increase consumer adoption to meet the nation’s environmental targets and leverage the global opportunities created because of this technology shift,” the draft said.

The draft policy’s key recommendations include strengthening the roll-out of FAME, or Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, and fast-tracking the implementation of the scheme and aligning it with the overall EV vision for the country.

The draft proposes continuation of incentives for public transport, but not for private vehicles. “Continue incentives for public transport and restrict subsidies for private vehicles. Introduce technical classification criteria for subsidies based on fuel consumption improvement, battery-energy density, all-electric range, etc,” ïs the policy recommendation of the Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.

The draft policy seeks to create a green mobility roadmap by evolving emission regulations, defining long-term incentives and infrastructure investments and driving demand by expediting speedier adoption of of compliant vehicles.

“Mandate a minimum number of green vehicles among new vehicles purchased by central and State government agencies and municipal corporations...25 per cent of all vehicles from 2023 and 75 per cent of all vehicles from 2030 procured by central and State government agencies...50 per cent of all vehicles from 2023 and 100 per cent of all vehicles from 2030 procured by municipal corporations in metros,” it said.

The draft policy also suggested using the government’s e-Marketplace (GeM) portal to aggregate all green vehicle orders with standard specifications over three months, and to enable bulk procurement.

It asked for an advanced and extensive green mobility infrastructure network by conducting a detailed study on requirement of public infrastructure for green vehicles.

Based on the study, it asked to define a national plan for establishment of public infrastructure for green vehicles.

Published on February 16, 2018

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