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To boost electric mobility and reduce carbon footprints in the country, the NITI Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold after 2030. This proposal is expanding the scope of the clean fuel technology beyond two and three wheelers. However, Transport minister Nitin Gadkari said that the roadmap will be decided after consulting the auto industry.
Earlier, a panel headed by Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog had suggested that only electric-powered two wheelers and three wheelers with engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025. To phase out the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030, the Aayog has moved a Cabinet note, seeking to fix responsibility for different ministries, with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) proposed to prepare a framework.
The Aayog has also suggested that the MoRTH pilots an e-highways programme with an overhead electricity network to enable plying of trucks and buses on selected National Highways (NH). The Government is also planning to manufacture 50 Gigawatt hour (GWh) batteries by 2030.
According to the proposal, road transport and highways ministry will issue the norms for cab aggregators to replace all diesel and petrol-fuelled vehicles with Electric Vehicles by 2030. Similarly, the heavy industries ministry would go for complete replacement of all diesel/petrol vehicles with Electric Vehicles of all central ministries, agencies and public sector by 2030.
The NITI Aayog has proposed extending financial incentives to the investors including cash subsidy on the basis of overall domestic value addition per kilowatt hour (KWh) basis with aim to meet the manufacturing target of the Giga-scale battery. The Aayog has estimated that the annual subsidy outgo would be around Rs 8,000 crores.
To ensure that there is no monopoly of the battery manufacturers and the batteries are manufactured domestically the Aayog has proposed the maximum cash subsidy. The manufacturers will get subsidy after the actual sale.
The Aayog has estimated that the sale of Electric Vehicles (EVs) will help save about Rs 3 lakh crore on account of the import of crude oil to meet the growing demand. It has also projected that while 79% of the battery pack can be indigenised only 21% minerals will need to be imported. The Aayog has also said that battery manufacturing in this large scale would generate about 10 lakh direct and indirect jobs in the country.
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