Union Minister Nitin Gadkari revealed FAME 2 details in Lok Sabha
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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari revealed FAME 2 details in Lok Sabha.

Nitin Gadkari also shared that under the FAME 2 scheme, 2877 public EV charging stations have been sanctioned in 68 cities.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, revealed information related to FAME 2 in Lok Sabha today. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, he said that to promote the manufacturing and usage of electric vehicles in the country, the Government launched the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme in 2015 on PAN India basis.

The scheme aims to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and address issues of vehicular emissions. At present, Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme is being implemented for five years w.e.f. 01st April 2019 with total budgetary support of ₹10,000 crores. This phase focuses on supporting the electrification of public & shared transportation.

Further, the steps taken by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to adopt electric mobility in the country are as under:-

  1. For the promotion of electric vehicles, the Government has notified GSR 167(E) dated 1st March 2019 for conversion through retro-fitment to pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and their compliance shall be as per AIS 123.
  2. Further, the Government, vide S.O. 5333(E) dated 18th October 2018, has also granted exemption to the Battery Operated Transport Vehicles and Transport Vehicles running on Ethanol and Methanol fuels from the requirements of the permit.
  3. Government vide G.S.R 749(E) dated 7th August 2018, has notified the registration mark for Battery Operated Transport Vehicles to be in Yellow on Green background and for all other cases, in White colour on Green background.
  4. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, vide GSR 525(E) dated 2nd August 2021, has exempted Battery Operated Vehicles from the payment of fees for issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of the new registration mark.
  5. Ministry has issued an advisory dated 17th July 2019 to all States and Union Territories regarding the incentivization of electric vehicles and the induction of electric vehicles in shared mobility and public transport operations.
  6. The Government has issued an advisory dated 12th August 2020 to all States and UTs, regarding the sale and registration of Electric Vehicles without batteries.
  7. The Government has issued an advisory dated 16th June 2021 to all States and UTs, regarding the promotion of battery-operated vehicles.

The upfront cost of battery-operated vehicles is higher than that of conventional vehicles. However, the operational cost of battery-operated vehicles is lower than that of conventional vehicles. Therefore, the overall lifetime cost of battery-operated vehicles is lower than that of conventional vehicles. Battery-operated vehicles are being supported by way of demand incentives under FAME India Phase II to reduce the cost difference between battery-operated vehicles and conventional vehicles.

Nitin Gadkari also shared that under the FAME 2 scheme, 2877 public EV charging stations have been sanctioned in 68 cities, and 1576 EV charging stations have been sanctioned across 9 Expressways and 16 Highways.

Under the FAME-India Scheme, incentives are provided to buyers of electric vehicles in the form of an upfront reduction in the purchase price of electric vehicles. The incentive is linked to battery capacity.

Also Read: July 2022 Electric three-wheeler sales.

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