After creating lots of confusions over electric vehicle policies, the Indian government is showing hopes and promises to the industry. Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister, R K Singh, was speaking at the launch of National E-Mobility Programme where he said the government will bring out a policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the next 15-20 days.
“We had set up a committee with the Central Electricity Authority. So, they had drawn up some (recommendations) which they will present to me…It’s almost ready. Within 20 days, I think I should be able to come out with both the policy as well as regulations,” Singh said.
Power Minister further said that the policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure should be a reality in the next 15-20 days because its draft is finalised by the Central Electricity Authority and power ministry agrees on that in-principle. The EV policy would provide norms for bidding, installation and power sale price of charging stations among others.
As reported, Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has confirmed that the government is focusing on creating charging infrastructure and policy framework so that by 2030 more than 30 per cent of vehicles are electric vehicles.
“My message to the industry is, come and invest in manufacturing of e-vehicles and batteries,” he added.
The government says the objective of the National E-Mobility Programme is to provide an impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem including vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators and service providers.
EESL had earlier floated a tender for procuring 10,000 electric cars for which Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra qualified the bids under the auction.