Himachal Pradesh plans to convert 15% of transport to electric vehicles by 2025

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Himachal Pradesh entered the elite list of Indian states on Wednesday, including Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which are already moving towards electrification of the automotive sector by introducing “battery electric vehicles (BEV) for sustainable mobility solutions that respect the environment.

The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the Draft Electric Vehicle Policy, a comprehensive plan to develop and promote a sustainable transport system to make Himachal Pradesh a global hub for the development of electric mobility and the manufacture of electric vehicles.

In addition to providing subsidies and incentives to electric vehicle manufacturing industries, the policy also contemplates the creation of public and private charging infrastructure for electric vehicles,

“The only goal is to switch to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by at least 15% until 2025,” Anupam Kashyap, director of state (Transportation), told Outlook this morning.

He also added that individuals or businesses opting for BEVs would receive nice incentives that would actually lower the high cost of such vehicles and eventually help the state develop a green transportation model while significantly reducing vehicle pollution.

“One advantage of Himachal Pradesh remains its eco-fragile ecology and lowest pollution level in large urban cities. Vehicle pollution increases at a high rate during tourist seasons when many people crowd the hills. and some of the popular destinations “Kashyap added.

The Chief Minister of State, Jai Ram Thakur, is also known to use a battery-electric vehicle.

Currently, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates 75 electric passenger transport buses and 50 electric taxis, mainly in the smart city of Shimla and a few other towns.

The first and main requirement for making the Electric Vehicle Policy-2021 a success is the establishment of a sufficient number of charging stations in various locations.

There is a plan to install a charging station in each 1 km x 1 km grid in major cities, towns and national roads.

Pankaj Dadwal, Managing Director of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd, said: “HPSEB has given its plan to the state government to facilitate the establishment of charging stations for both domestic and commercial use. commercial. vehicles will be invited to pay for domestic traffic while others will have a different model, which the regulator will decide ”.

The government also proposes to attract investors in this sector to manufacture electric vehicles, batteries for electric vehicles and also other accessories. As part of this policy, the government will encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in all segments.

The opening of this sector also promises new employment opportunities linked to the development of the ecosystem of electric vehicles in the state, ”Kashayp said.

Apoorv Devgan, secretary of the HP State Pollution Control Board, believes that the introduction of BEVs will further improvise air quality in hill towns as well as the industrial belt. Measures such as zero emission level can also be applied to pollute hill towns and tourist destinations. free.

Automotive industry experts have also informed that state governments are also imposing an additional road tax on ICE vehicles, a green tax on the re-registration of older vehicles, a tax on gasoline and diesel, and a congestion tax on vehicles. ICE taxis to finance their ambitions in terms of electric vehicles.

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