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With eye on air quality, Assam prepares draft electric vehicle policy

As part of the ‘Electric Vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021’, the government will create infrastructure for EVs, including a network of charging points, nurture a skilled workforce for the sector, and make Assam the preferred destination for electric vehicle and component manufacturing.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 8, 2021 5:55:58 am
An eight-member state committee will oversee the implementation of the policy.

The Assam government has come up with a draft electric vehicle policy with an aim to improve air quality levels by accelerating the pace of adoption of electric mobility.

As part of the ‘Electric Vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021’, the government will create infrastructure for electric vehicles, including a network of charging points, nurture a skilled workforce for the sector, and make Assam the preferred destination for electric vehicle and component manufacturing by investing in cutting edge technologies.

An eight-member state committee will oversee the implementation of the policy.

The draft envisions that EVs will make for 25 per cent of all new vehicle registrations by 2026. Assam also plans to convert 100 per cent 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 policy mentions incentives for ownership, manufacturing and subsidies. There are exemptions and reimbursements for registration charges and road tax for all EVs till 2026. There is also a retro-fitment incentive of 15 per cent up to Rs 15,000 for auto rickshaws.

As part of the policy, EV charging companies will be eligible for 25 per cent capital subsidy on equipment subject to a maximum limit of Rs 10 lakh per station. The state government will exempt 100 per cent electricity duty of EV charging stations and offer state-specific incentives for manufacturing EVs or EV components, in addition to the 30 per cent capital investment subsidy available under North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) 2017 or any subsequent policy from the Centre, according to the draft.

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