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In October 2020, Telangana launched its first-ever Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy. For the first time, a 10-year plan was put into practice by a state for Electric Vehicles (EVs).
"To make Telangana a hub for Electric Vehicles & Energy Storage Systems."
With 8-objectives to look out, Telegange's EV policy stands out.
Incentives will be provided to every side of the EV model strategy (from users to manufacturers and charging infrastructure unit). EVs would be adopted at Instutuiranl level. "State Govt shall facilitate in dovetailing with Govt. of India (GoI) schemes and encourage state stakeholders to avail benefits available under GoI schemes. Battery operated feeder shuttle services at all Hyderabad Metro Stations for last-mile connectivity shall be made available."
The policy period is applicable for 10-years from 2020-2030. It will be examined by the Steering Committee as written in the policy. The policy proposes to build on the objective to encourage the growth of EV & ESS sector. Also, to attract private sector investments in this sector. The framework consists of promoting EV adoption for end-users, setting up Charging Infrastructure and Promoting Manufacturing of EV & ESS Components in the State."
Accessibility and availability of EV charging infrastructure is a pre-requisite for the diffusion of Electric Vehicles.
100% exemption of road tax & registration fee for the first 2,00,000 Electric 2 Wheelers purchased & registered within Telangana.
100% exemption of road tax & registration fee for first 20,000 Electric 3 Wheelers purchased & registered within Telangana. "Retro-fitment incentive at 15% of the retro-fitment cost capped at Rs. 15,000 per vehicle for first 5,000 retrofits 3-seater auto-rickshaws in Telangana."
100% exemption of road tax & registration fee for the first 5,000 Electric 4-Wheeler commercial passenger Vehicles such as Taxi, Tourist Cabs, etc. purchased & registered within Telangana.
100% exemption of road tax & registration fee shall be applicable for electric tractors purchased and registered in the State of Telangana as per the existing rules/guidelines will be applicable for tractors by Transport Department, Govt. of Telangana
Telangana seeks to be the pioneer in Electric Mobility and Energy Storage space in the country. Local manufacturing and R&D are essential to approaching price/performance parity between ICE Vehicles and EVs. Therefore, aid shall be prolonged to EV & ESS, ancillary & charging infrastructure & exchanging infrastructure manufacturers through policy interventions and Incentives.
Multiple stakeholders involved in this policy are Electronics Electronics Wing, ITE&C Dept., Transport Dept., TSREDCO, TSSPDCL/ TSNPDCL, MAUD Dept. and MAUD Department. On the other hand, the steering committee will consist o senior officials from the relevant department who will work towards time-bound EV demand creating & charging network.
The government shall encourage EV adoption in Shared Mobility, Public Transport, Institutional Transport, Logistics & Delivery Services. Setting up EV & ESS clusters, preferential market access and promoting R&D is what they aim to focus more on.