Maharashtra new draft EV policy 2021 announced
Maharashtra, the State with the highest GDP in India has announced the key highlights of the draft electric vehicles policy 2021. A virtual town hall (online event) was organised to discuss the future of electric mobility. The Maharashtra State Transport Department has announced the key highlights of the draft EV policy for electric vehicles in Maharashtra.
As per the draft electric vehicles policy, 2021 the Maharashtra government aims to ensure 10% of all newly registered vehicles in its major cities would be electric by 2025. It aims 10 per cent of two-wheelers, 20 per cent of three-wheelers and five per cent of four-wheelers newly registered at RTOs need to be electric vehicles.
Maharashtra draft EV policy 2021
According to the presentation made by Transport Commissioner Avinash Dhakne, the policy is mostly focused on all the urban agglomerations including Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Aurangabad, Pune, Nagpur.
“The State intends to make four highways and expressways fully EV ready by 2025 including the under-construction Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, Mumbai-Nashik and Nashik-Pune,” said Mr Dhakne.
Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) headed the committee drafting the new policy said that “stakeholders have been consulted and the department is open for suggestions from the public,”
“We are keen to take advantage of the schemes of the government of India, and just like being the leading manufacturers of internal combustion engines, we will soon become a leading manufacturer of EVs too.”
Apart from electric vehicles, city-wise targets of charging stations have been proposed as 1,500 for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 500 for Pune, 150 for Nagpur, 100 for Nashik and 75 for Aurangabad.
key highlights of the draft EV policy for electric vehicles 2021 in Maharashtra
- 10% of all new vehicles to be electric by 2025.
- 25% electrification of intra-city public transport and last-mile delivery vehicles by 2025.
- Conversion of 15% of existing fleet of 18,000 Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses to electric in next 5 years.
- A separate policy on recycling lithium-ion batteries is also in the works of the Maharashtra government.
- A factory for the manufacturing of advanced batteries will be set up in the state.
- City-wise targets have been proposed for setting up charging stations for electric vehicles.
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