On Thursday, the Industry Minister Subhash Deshmukh said that e-vehicles will henceforth become mandatory for all government, civic and Zilla Parishad offices after the State Industry Department released that it will initiate concessions up to Rs 1.50 lakh on e-vehicles.
Deshmukh told The Indian Express on Thursday that “Last month, we came up with a new e-vehicle policy. Yesterday, we announced a rebate for e-vehicle buyers as part of our e-vehicle policy.”
The Minister asserted that around 25 per cent of the market will possess e-vehicle only, which will act as a substitute for the fossil fuel ones. This is initiated to attract a sustainable mode of future by discarding the harmful toxicants generated from the petrol and diesel vehicles.
Endorsing the government’s stance on e-vehicle manufacturers and battery-makers through incentives, Desai said, ”In the next three-four years, there will be 2,500 charging stations across the state which will further boost the e-vehicles industry.”
“That is why we are offering incentives to the buyers. E-vehicles will be game-changers. Pollution will reduce drastically once more and more e-vehicles start plying on the roads. If more parts are made in the country, the cost is expected to go down,” he added.
Kunal Gupta, one among the founders of EMotorad which owns a manufacturing unit in Hinjewadi averred, “The latest decision of the government to offer incentive will boost the sale of e-vehicles. As per our information, it is a policy of the government to promote e-vehicles by offering sops to ensure pollution-free cities. I think the rebate being offered for buying the first few vehicles will continue till the budgetary provision lasts…This is likely to continue in future as well.”