- For Assam’s net zero emission target by 2070, Indian Oil has established 139 electric vehicle charging stations as part of its regional EV charging network.
- 230 charging stations are planned for the northeast by the end of the current financial year.
Indian Oil has deployed 139 electric vehicle charging stations in Assam from 2020/21 to reach the country’s net zero emissions target by 2070. A total of 270 such stations have been installed throughout the Northeast.
Indian Oil is planning to set up 230 EV charging stations across the northeast says G Ramesh, executive director and state head, of Assam Oil Division. “The installation of stations will encourage people to switch to electric vehicles, so we can work together to reduce CO2 emissions faster. A goal has been set. Nevertheless, if we move together, we should be able to achieve zero emissions by 2046, when we will mark 100 years of independence.” he concluded.
Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Mizoram have also added EV charging stations. Assam has 139, Manipur 33, Tripura 31 and Arunachal Pradesh 27.
Last year, Assam’s government introduced an “Electric Vehicle Policy” and a “Vehicle It Scrappage Policy” to promote EVs, and to convert government vehicles and public transportation to EVs by 2030.
To achieve 25% of new vehicle registrations by 2026, the electric vehicle policy aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles have been hampered by a lack of charging stations, though.
To encourage EV adoption, the state government offered incentives of INR 20,000 for two-wheelers, INR 50,000 for three-wheelers, and INR 1,50,000 for four-wheelers. Electric vehicles will also be exempt from registration fees and road taxes for 5 years as per the policy.
It’s worth noting that a German automobile manufacturer and the state government-run Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Amtron) signed a deal in October last year to set up the northeast’s first electric vehicle charging station factory at Tech City near Guwahati.
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