New Delhi: To combat rising air pollution, NITI Ayog has developed a 10-points action plan, titled ‘Breathe India’, for top 10 most polluted cities in India. In the proposal, electrifying last mile connectivity by 2022, including public transport, taxis and three-wheelers, has been given thrust.
Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) anticipates that this move could further spur the demand of electric vehicles (EV). Most importantly, it would help in reducing carbon emissions in a huge way.
“We welcome the step initiated by the NITI Ayog to address the burgeoning problem of rising air pollution in the country. Converting ICE autos into electric ones by discounting the residual value of the existing auto from a new electric auto would help in a smooth transition without putting any additional financial burden on owners”, said Sohinder Gill, Director General, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles.
He further added, “Incentives like free registration and ease of getting permits for electric 2 wheelers and 3 wheelers would further motivate customers to adopt green mobility and run toward a cleaner future.”
The cities that have been identified are Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Varanasi, Patna, Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Gurgaon and Muzaffarpur. Once it gets approved and implemented in the identified cities, it could be further replicated in the other part of the country.
SMEV is the registered association representing Indian manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle components. SMEV works closely with the central and state governments to assist the formulation of policies and processes supporting the EV ecosystem.
SMEV has contributed significantly to the cause of promotion of EVs in the country through the NEMMP-2020 and FAME policy, the rationalization of import duties and reduction of local taxes and levies. SMEV is keen to play an active role in the discussion of the issues faced by the Electric Vehicle industry and practical aspects to help enhance the penetration of Electric Vehicles towards meeting the goals of our nation.
SMEV is the perfect platform to learn, share and experience as we move forward into an age where alternative energy efficient modes of transportation would be in demand. Electric Vehicle Technology is gaining ground and popularity rapidly. This segment has tremendous potential as it is an environment–friendly, non-polluting means of transportation.