Leading car manufacturers across the country have been putting efforts to switch to Electric Vehicle since FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle) was announced. Scaling up efforts to push eco-friendly transportation, the center has asked all the state departments to make green number plates mandatory for all the battery-operated vehicles in the country.
Green number plates were initiated when last year the government announced green number plates for electric vehicles. Private electric vehicles were given white lettering on a green background and commercial EVs were given yellow lettering. The main agenda behind the plan was to distinguish green vehicles to provide easy identification for preferential treatment in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like a concessional toll.
Even though the increase in the sales number shows a 3 digit index, the ground reality of EV adoption does not seem so promising even after FAME. According to SMEV, if electric vehicle sales in India have to pick up, a realistic approach with supportive policies will be needed, or else EVs would continue to remain a niche product.
Other policy changes proposed to boost EV growth includes government planning on allowing youngsters in the age group of 16-18 years to ride e-scooters, these are gearless, easy to use and will lead to a big demand for such scooters. No matter how promising this looks, the real challenge lies in the implementation of these policies.
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