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Country's first e-vehicles-only area to be developed in Kevadia, Gujarat

  • June 06, 2021

Source: The Economic Times

The Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Governance Authority will develop the "country's first electric vehicles-only area" in Gujarat's Kevadia. In its statement, the authority said that the area surrounding the 182-metre tall Statue of Unity in Kevadia in Gujarat's tribal-dominated Narmada district will be converted into an electric-vehicles-only area in a phased manner.

JBM Renewables, CESL sign pact for setting up electric mobility ecosystem in India

  • June 05, 2021

Source: The Economic Times

Under the scope of the MoU, signed for a period of 3 years, JBM Renewables and CESL will jointly undertake setting up of public charging infrastructure across India for electric vehicles. This will include investment, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Centre proposes exemption of electric vehicles from registration renewal charges

  • June 01, 2021

Source: The Economic Times

The transport ministry has proposed to exempt electric vehicles from payment of fees for the issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark. The ministry has issued a draft notification in this regard, inviting comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the matter. Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, will be amended in this regard.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Issues Draft Notification, proposing to exempt Battery Operated Vehicles (BOV) from payment of fee for issue or renewal of Registration Certificate

  • June 01, 2021

Source: Press Information Bureau

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a draft notification dated 27th May 2021, further to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 proposing to exempt Battery Operated Vehicles (BOV) from payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of Registration Certificate and assignment of new registration mark. This has been notified to encourage e- mobility.

Karnataka tweaks EV policy, to offer 15% capital subsidy to investors

  • May 27, 2021

Source: The Economic Times

The Karnataka Cabinet has decided to give 15% capital subsidy to investors in the electric vehicle sector after the state came under immense pressure from a few states which offered apparently better sops. The Cabinet decided to amend its Karnataka Electric Vehicle & Storage Policy, 2017, to improve upon its existing policy.

Maharashtra pushes Electric Vehicle Policy

  • May 27, 2021

Source: The Hindu

The Maharashtra government aims to ensure 10% of all new registered vehicles in its major cities would be electric by 2025, as per the draft of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy, 2021. The policy draft targets all urban agglomerations — Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Aurangabad, Pune, Nagpur. Nashik also aims to achieve 25% electrification of intra-city public transport and last mile delivery vehicles by 2025.

Ford expects 40% of global sales to be electric vehicles by 2030

  • May 26, 2021

Source: CNN

Ford is doubling down on electric vehicle development, announcing Wednesday it will invest $30 billion in electrification efforts by 2025. The automaker also pledged that 40% of its vehicles sold by 2030 will be electric. Ford had previously announced plans to spend $22 billion on electrification efforts and had recently revealed plans to build two new battery factories in a joint venture with Korean battery maker SK innovation.

Electric two-wheelers to contribute around 10 per cent new sales by 2025 in India

  • May 26, 2021

Source: Times Now

The electric two and three-wheelers volume are expected to account for 8-10 percent and 30 percent of new vehicle sales in the country by 2025, respectively, owing to low operating cost and attractive subsidy support, among others, according to ratings agency ICRA. The penetration levels in cars and trucks, however, are likely to remain low in the medium-term, it said.

Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive scheme “National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage”

  • May 12, 2021

Source: Press Information Bureau

The Cabinet has approved the proposal of Department of Heavy Industry for implementation of the Production Linked Incentive Scheme 'National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage’ for achieving manufacturing capacity of 50 Giga Watt Hour (GWH) of ACC and 5 GWh of "Niche" ACC with an outlay of INR 18,100 crore. ACCs are the new generation of advanced storage technologies that can store electric energy either as electrochemical or as chemical energy and convert it back to electric energy as and when required.

118 electric vehicle charging stations to dot Hyderabad

  • May 11, 2021

Source: Telangana Today

To cater to the needs of increasing battery vehicles in Hyderabad, the Department of Heavy Industries is working on setting up 118 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Apart from Hyderabad, 10 EV charging stations each are also coming up in Warangal and Karimnagar taking the total EV charging stations to 138 in Telangana.