- NITI Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold after 2030. It has moved a cabinet note proposing that the road transport and highways ministry should prepare a framework to phase out the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030.
- The ministry has also been asked to pilot an e-highways programme. In electric highways, overhead electric cable is laid to allow trucks to operate as electric vehicles when on the electrified road and as regular hybrid vehicles at other times.
- Further, NITI Aayog has proposed radio cab services, such as Ola and Uber, should go completely electric by 2030.
- Earlier, NITI Aayog had suggested that only electric-powered three-wheelers and two-wheelers with engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025.
- According to the Niti Aayog, as transport remains the most demanding sector for oil, about 100% electric vehicle sale by 2030 may reduce India’s import dependence by a substantial margin.
- Recently, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal for implementation of ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)’. The scheme will be implemented over the period of three years with effect from 1st April 2019.
- The main objectives of the scheme are a) encourage faster adoption of Electric and hybrid vehicle by way of offering upfront Incentive on purchase of Electric vehicles and b) establish necessary charging Infrastructure for electric vehicles.
- The FAME II is an expanded version of FAME I, launched in 2015 which aimed to support hybrid/electric vehicles market development and Manufacturing ecosystem. FAME scheme is under Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.
- The FAME scheme is part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP). It aims to achieve national fuel security by promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country.
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