In a move to boost electric vehicles sales in the country, the government has earmarked Rs. 1,000 crore for the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan for the next two financial years, a top government official said last week.
The amount would be utilised to set up charging infrastructure, technology development, incentives and pilot projects, Ministry of Heavy Industries Additional Secretary Ambuj Sharma said at the Bus and Special Vehicle Show here.
“We have a road map till 2020 where we expect around 6-7 million electric and hybrid vehicles in the country. The government has earmarked Rs. 1,000 crore for the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan in the next two fiscals (2015-16, 2016-17),” Sharma told reporters here.
Elaborating on the outlay, he said that the two year scheme would begin on April 1 this year.
“After looking at the results of the two years we would further seek support in the next plan,” Sharma said.
The previous UPA government had launched the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 in 2013 with the aim of 6-7 million units of new vehicle sales of the full range of electric vehicles, along with resultant liquid fuel savings of 2.2 — 2.5 million tonnes in 2020.
The targets were envisaged to result in substantial lowering of vehicular emissions and decrease in carbon dioxide emissions by 1.3 per cent to 1.5 per cent in 2020 as compared to a status quo scenario.
It was estimated that the government would need to provide support to the tune of Rs. 13,000 crore to Rs. 14,000 crore over a period of 5-6 years to facilitate R&D and put in place charging infrastructure.