Assam targets 2 lakh EVs in 5 years, to phase out fossil fuel by 2030
Guwahati: Assam plans to convert 100% of its public transport bus fleet into electric buses (Battery EVs) by 2030, which is when all government vehicles will also be converted into EVs.
The step has been taken to phase out fossil fuel-based vehicle by 2030 in Assam. Moreover, the government has also unveiled an electric vehicle (EV) policy on Wednesday.
The policy offers a set of incentives for people to switch to EV, informed the Industries, Commerce and Public department. The mission, approved recently, entails deploying 2 lakh EVs within the next five years.
The government has also given 100% relaxation on registration charges and road tax and on parking charges. Buyers of two-wheeler, three-wheeler and four-wheeler EVs will be entitled to a subsidy of Rs 20,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs1.5 lakh respectively while entrepreneurs setting up EV charging stations have been assured 90% exemption of electricity duty.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the government is planning to deploy 200 electric vehicles and 100 CNG buses in Guwahati by April 1, 2022.
The Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021, envisages that 25% of the newly-registered vehicles will be RVs by 2026.
The government document states that after 2025, only electric vehicles will be purchased by the state government, which is in line with the overall game-plan to phase out all fossil fuel-based commercial fleets and logistics vehicles in all its cities by 2030.
With this, Assam aims to accelerate the pace of adoption of electric mobility to improve air quality levels as well as create an ecosystem for manufacturing EVs and EV components.