Gujarat Government has announced its new eVehicle Policy. Under this policy, a subsidy of ₹10 lakh will be available for setting up a charging station. So far 250 charging stations have been approved in Gujarat, and the Government has plans to set up 250 more charging stations this year. The policy is expected to bring many new business opportunities to the state. The chief minister of Gujarat Sh. Vijay Rupani said that “We will allocate a subsidy of ₹870 crore to implement this policy”.
Benefits for Gujarat
Under Gujarat’s new eVehicle policy, subsidies up to ₹20,000 will be available on 2-wheeler EVs. At the same time, a subsidy of up to ₹50,000 will be available on 3-wheeler EVs. While a 4-wheeler EV will get a subsidy of up to ₹1,50,000. To make this policy smooth, the Gujarat government has already tied up with lithium battery manufacturers.
Why is this transformation needed?
Significantly, the global automobile sector is rapidly electrifying. At the same time, Bharat is also working very fast in this direction. This shall also prevent environmental pollution. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Sh. Nitin Gadkari has highlighted this in multiple occasions.
The government is focusing on electric vehicles as part of its effort to curb pollution. In 2019, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) reported that Gujarat solely releases 2500 metric tonnes of impurities in the air every year and this policy may bring a great transformation in the state. But it also raises questions on other states like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra who are the biggest contributors of Sulphur dioxide in the environment.
Kevadiya is Bharat’s first city where only e-vehicles operate.
A few days back there was news that Kevadiya city of Gujarat will be the first city in the country where only electric vehicles will run. Announcing this on Sunday, Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Operations Authority has also announced an additional subsidy for buying eRickshaws.